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Posted on: Sep 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The government is cutting funds to the tools that climate researchers need most -- the satellite and sensor networks that study the way humans are impacting climate change.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

When NASA sent the Voyager into space 30 years ago, it contained record albums intended for alien consumption.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

When NASA sent the Voyager into space 30 years ago, it contained record albums intended for alien consumption.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Archaeologists have discovered that Brak, a Syrian city and one of the oldest urban areas in the world, was built in a way that completely defies conventional wisdom about how cities grow.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Mice genomes are about 85 percent similar to humans, but when the pesky creatures invade our home do we treat them as equals or shift into predator mode?

Posted on: Aug 20, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Anonymity online is on the rise, allowing people to write, lie and manipulate data without feeling responsible for it. But who's doing all this hiding? Hint: It's not angry, pajama-wearing bloggers.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2007, Source: AlterNet

A digital junkie makes the case for staying with paper.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Experts estimate that 75 to 90 percent of pornography winds up in the hands of children due to novel technologies and high-speed distribution networks. If you're ready to blame the internet, you're wrong.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Horror movies appeal because humans like to feel grossed out and entertained pleasurably at the same time. There's a payoff in coexperiencing two conflicting emotions.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Every generation dreams they'll be the first to cheat death. But too many of our other dreams are likely to spell the end of humanity.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2007, Source: AlterNet

So what's the big deal? Why do people even want a $600 phone, and why has this luxury device for the pampered techie become such a hot political issue?

Posted on: Jul 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Maybe the movie succeeded in pulling off some social commentary after all: welcome to the United States -- ignore the Middle East stuff, but stay for the masturbation jokes and cool special effects.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Let's make our techno-bling pretty, at least. Let's remember the days when the machines that now cage us promised liberation.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Right now, many companies are trying to figure out cool new ways to use paper. But who is trying to figure out cool new ways to employ smart, highly trained print journalists?

Posted on: Jun 19, 2007, Source: AlterNet

With a new lawsuit against file sharers, megacorp Columbia is attempting to do nothing short of changing the way evidence is gathered via the legal discovery process.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Google's newest widget has questionable ethics. Do you really want to walk down the street never knowing whether your furtive nose-picking has been captured and broadcast to the Google-using public?

Posted on: Jun 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Who is to say what is notable enough for Wikipedia? Lutheran ministers? Bisexual Marxists? Hopefully both.

Posted on: May 29, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Combining libertarianism with green values might be a pragmatic way to convince some of the worst polluters to cut back by essentially bribing them with cash.

Posted on: May 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The entertainment industry's latest digital rights management scheme shows that Hollywood studios and electronics manufacturers will do anything to suck more money out of the public.

Posted on: May 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

In the TV show "Heroes" there are no terrorists -- only heroes whose powers go wrong and destroy New York in the process. In other words, the only menace to the United States is its own citizens.