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by | Jan 15, 2009 12:00 AM ET

The Printer That Prints Itself - "Bowyer's vision took a massive step towards fulfillment on May 29 2008, when the first fully operational child RepRap, named "Darwin," began making parts for its next-generation offspring..."

Online Verification: Who Can You Trust in the Virtual World? - "Here are a few tools, available free on the Web, that will help you identify who's for real and who's surreal (and likely up to no good, at your expense)"

'Marilyn Monroe' hormone discovered - "SCIENTISTS have identified the Marilyn Monroe hormone that is linked to an hour-glass body shape in women, and also an increased desire to trade-up to new men..."

Internet Growth Follows Moore's Law Too - "Originally, Moore's Law described the number of transistors that can fit on an integrated circuit, which doubles approximately every 18 months. Now, a team of researchers from China has discovered that Moore's Law can also describe the growth of the Internet. In a recent study, the researchers have predicted that the Internet will double in size every 5.32 years..."

The man who made too much - "Hedge fund manager John Paulson has profited more than anyone else from the financial crisis. His $3.7 billion payday in 2007 broke every record, and he made it all by betting against homeowners, shareholders, and the rest of us. Now he's paying the price..."

Do you make these 6 mistakes when buying a video card? - "In general, people make the same several mistakes when they buy their video cards. Have they been with me, I'd have helped them avoid these 6 mistakes when buying a video card..."

The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets - "I want to focus in on some of “secrets” of Windows 7: the many little tweaks and enhancements that we've made in this release that I've discovered and collated over the last few months of using Windows 7 across my home and work machines..."

Cable modems to hit 300Mbps with 8-channel bonding - "Cable modem speeds are about to zoom a whole lot higher. Thanks to the magic of channel bonding, DOCSIS 3.0 modems will soon be able to reach 300+Mbps—though cable users won't see Internet speeds in that range anytime soon..."

At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard - "The physics department has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning. Last fall, after years of experimentation and debate and resistance from students, who initially petitioned against it, the department made the change permanent. Already, attendance is up and the failure rate has dropped by more than 50 percent..."

Awesome Aeolus Airship Sets Sail for Greener Horizons - "Amidst the current rapacious progression of planes, trains, and automobiles there's something singularly beautiful about this elegant floating Aeolus Airship designed by Christopher Ottersbach. Lifted from the earth by a streamlined sail filled with helium, its serene sun-soaked form makes us want to forgo expeditious travel altogether and drift off amidst the clouds..."

Steve Jobs's letter to Apple staff - "I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought..."

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