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Stories by Annalee Newitz
The Fragility of the Information Age
Posted on: Feb 6, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Our brave new infrastructure is failing around us even as we claim that it offers a shining path to the future.
A Polite Message from the Surveillance State
Posted on: Jan 29, 2008, Source: AlterNet
If only the government would warn you when it was recording your conversations, like Google.
Why We Shouldn't Fear Cloned Meat
Posted on: Jan 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet
People are freaked out by the FDA's ruling that cloned meat is safe to eat, but we eat cloned plants all the time.
What Happens When Blogs Go Mainstream?
Posted on: Jan 17, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Will blogs take on all the bad habits of the mainstream media or will it help the media progress just a bit further toward independence of thought?
A New Version of Moore's Law
Posted on: Jan 8, 2008, Source: AlterNet
The amount of information in the world is always expanding faster than the data storage systems available to capture it.
Technology in Wartime
Posted on: Jan 3, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Gizmos that a decade ago would have been viewed entirely as communications tools and toys are now potential surveillance and killing machines.
A Story of International Intrigue
Posted on: Dec 27, 2007, Source: AlterNet
How easily important information can fall into the wrong hands.
Humans Aren't Much Smarter than Dogs
Posted on: Dec 19, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Recent studies of animal cognitive ability prove that humans aren't much more intelligent than dogs or monkeys.
Why Buying a Nintendo Wii Is Worth It
Posted on: Dec 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Wii isn't just a consumer electronics death monster, it represents the future of technology.
Comcast's Secret War on File-Sharing
Posted on: Dec 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Since there are no laws guaranteeing net neutrality, media conglomerates like Comcast are free to engage in net prejudice.
Are Home Genome Tests a Step Away from Eugenics?
Posted on: Nov 29, 2007, Source: AlterNet
New companies claim to reveal the secrets of your DNA, but will the information cause more harm than good?
Access Denied: Mapping Global Censorship
Posted on: Nov 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet
A new internet tool lets you see countries cracking down on user-generated content like YouTube and MySpace. But it could also be a tool to help us see our country's own suppression.
Who to Vote For When the Top Candidate Stinks
Posted on: Nov 13, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Sometimes when there are no good candidates at the moment, you have to vote for the one who'll be best in the future.
Carbon Offsets: The New Cure for Enviroguilt
Posted on: Nov 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Carbon offset fees may be new, but the underlying notion goes back to the Middle Ages, when the Catholic Church sold wealthy people indulgences to offset the spiritual cost of their sins.
Posted on: Nov 1, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Consumer biotech can measure and alter biological states for the mass market -- which goes much further than the consumer electronics craze over iPhones and Wiis.
When Science Attacks!
Posted on: Oct 23, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Two scandals in the sci-tech world serve as reminders that science can be done in bad faith.
Moaning Lisa: A Blow-Up Doll, Upgraded
Posted on: Oct 16, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Moaning Lisa demonstrates the videogame-like properties of the female body -- to give it an orgasm you have to follow different patterns every time.
Always Away on Instant Messenger
Posted on: Oct 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Instant Messenger is a medium of communication somewhere between e-mail, which can be too slow, and the phone, which can be too fast.
Modern Bionic Woman, Retrograde Feminism
Posted on: Oct 2, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Jaime Sommers, heroine of the 1970s show <i>Bionic Woman</i> is back, but in a gender role that seems older than the original.
To See or Not To See Violence
Posted on: Sep 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Preserving a record of history, especially during times of conflict, also means keeping the scenes of violence that the mainstream media whitewashes over.
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