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by | Jun 25, 2008 12:00 AM ET

'Shake-up' for internet proposed - "The net could see its biggest transformation in decades if plans to open up the address system are passed..."

Monsters of the deep still undiscovered - "Marine ecologists have predicted there could be as many as 18 unknown species, with body lengths greater than 1.8 metres, still swimming in the great expanses of unexplored sea..."

How rich people spend their time - "Nobel Prize-winning behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman has found, however, that being wealthy is often a powerful predictor that people spend less time doing pleasurable things, and more time doing compulsory things and feeling stressed..."

Ice on Mars an important breakthrough - "The prospect that life did once exist, still exists and could be sustained in the future on Mars has taken a huge step forward with the confirmation that water ice has been found on the planet..."

Recording Industry Decries AM-FM Broadcasting as 'A Form of Piracy' - "On Monday, the recording industry sent the National Association of Broadcasters -- the trade group representing the $16 billion a year AM-FM broadcasting business -- a can of herring to underscore that it believes its arguments against paying royalties are a red herring. The NAB says its members should not pay royalties because AM-FM radio "promotes" the music industry..."

Asperger's: the IT industry's dark secret - "It's even less clear how many adults have Asperger's. Because Aspies are usually of average or above-average intelligence, they're often able to mask or accommodate their differences socially and in the workplace, meaning many of them make it well into middle age, or live their whole lives, without being formally diagnosed..."

Motorized suitcase saves your back - "The suitcase uses several innovations that make 65 pounds of stuff handle like it weighs only 6.5 pounds. The first is, of course, its motors -- one in each wheel. It doesn't start rolling by itself, but uses "force sensors" to figure out when you're pulling it, then gives you help with the forward motion..."

Delaying News in the Era of the Internet - "Long before Mr. Russert's death was reported on air, however, it was flashing across the Internet via the text-messaging service Twitter and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia..."

Trans-Atlantic MagLev - "in: A 4,000-mph magnetically levitated train..."

On track: Russia plans rail link to Japan - "Russia is poised to begin one of its biggest-ever investment projects to link Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East with the mainland. The ambitious plans could one day result in a direct link between Russia and Japan..."

Comcast Cameras to Start Watching You? - "The idea being that if you turn on your cable box, it recognizes you and pulls up shows already in your profile or makes recommendations. If parents are watching TV with their children, for example, parental controls could appear to block certain content from appearing on the screen..."

Scientists discover drug to combat shyness - "If you turn an embarrassing shade of crimson every time the spotlight is on you, things could be about to change as scientists say they have discovered a wonder drug to combat shyness...."

8 drugs doctors wouldn't take - "If your physician would skip these medicines, maybe you should, too..."

Animated Sorting Algorithm Demo - "These pages show 8 different sorting algorithms on 4 different initial conditions. These visualizations are intended to..."

The Kernel Boot Process - "The previous post explained how computers boot up right up to the point where the boot loader, after stuffing the kernel image into memory, is about to jump into the kernel entry point. This last post about booting takes a look at the guts of the kernel to see how an operating system starts life..."

Coal Plants and Algae Fuel..Symbiotic? - "Seattle-based Inventure Chemical and Tel Aviv-based Seambiotic announced this week a joint venture to create biofuels from algae fed by a coal-fired power plant. Apparently, this is an idea growing in popularity..."

NASA warming scientist: 'This is the last chance' - "Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world's only hope is drastic action..."

Lego Secret Vault Contains All Sets In History - "Maybe that's why visiting Lego's Memory Lane—the secret vault guarding almost every Lego set ever manufactured—touched me in a way I didn't expect. This wasn't amazement or simple awe. I was already astonished to no end by the tour of the Lego factory. No, this was something else..."

Indie video game designers break through - "But Silva is a one-man game maker for the Xbox 360. He's among a growing number of independents working to distribute their games to Internet-connected consoles with the help of game box makers seeking to meet demand for titles beyond the usual shoot-'em-ups or big-budget sequels..."

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