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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.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2008, Source: AlterNet

If only the government would warn you when it was recording your conversations, like Google.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2007, Source: AlterNet

How easily important information can fall into the wrong hands.

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.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Wii isn't just a consumer electronics death monster, it represents the future of technology.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.