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Saturday science subject: Charging your laptop in seconds
— 3:35 PM on March 14, 2009

A new battery technology breakthrough could change the way we use handheld devices and perhaps even electric cars. According to Scientific American, MIT scientists

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Saturday science subject: Look on the bright side of life
— 1:05 PM on March 7, 2009

Could seeing your life in an optimistic light actually help prolong it? That's a question raised by a new study, which links optimism to lower...

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All U.S. Circuit City stores closing on March 8
— 9:49 AM on March 6, 2009

By now, you probably know Circuit City went bankrupt, failed to find a buyer, and eventually decided to just call it quits and shutter...

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Saturday science subject: Footprints
— 2:01 PM on February 28, 2009

Reconstructed homo erectus. Source: Wikimedia...

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Saturday science subject: Going to Europa
— 2:33 PM on February 21, 2009

Probes from NASA and ESA may head to Europa in a little while. According to the New Scientist, the two space agencies have picked...

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Saturday science subject: Mapping the cold virus genome
— 5:35 PM on February 14, 2009

A team of researchers has published the genome sequences of the 100 most common cold viruses. As Nature reports, the work could help develop...

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Saturday science subject: Why did it have to be snakes?
— 4:49 PM on February 7, 2009

Ever see an anaconda? Now imagine being stared down by something over twice as long and 30 times as heavy. That about sums up the...

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Etc.
— 11:06 AM on February 3, 2009

Two points of order today.  First, in light of the "Bacon Explosion" discussion on our podcast, I think it's worth pointing out this...

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Saturday science subject: Quantum teleportation
— 1:04 PM on January 31, 2009

Slowly but surely, researchers seem to be inching toward workable quantum computers. According to IEEE Spectrum, Christopher Monroe and his team at the University of...

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Saturday science subject: Alzheimer's and apple juice
— 3:50 PM on January 24, 2009

Besides being tasty and refreshing, apple juice could also help keep your mind sharp as you age. Indeed, according to research by Dr. Thomas B....

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Saturday science subject: Martian methane
— 12:19 PM on January 17, 2009

The presence of methane on Mars isn't entirely news in itself—we've known about it since 2003—but new research has shed a considerable amount of light...

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Circuit City bites the dust
— 4:59 PM on January 16, 2009

The second-biggest consumer electronics chain in the United States is going off life support and shutting down, the Associated Press reports. Circuit City hasn't...

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Saturday science subject: Lumpy numbers
— 11:12 AM on January 10, 2009

Few savants can articulate their condition and explain how their minds work. Daniel Tammet can, and he's spoken with New Scientist to shed some...

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Etc.
— 10:06 AM on January 6, 2009

Still pounding away on those two reviews in advance of CES.  This could get hairy, although I do have an awful lot of work done. ...

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Saturday science subject: The biopesticide
— 11:09 AM on January 3, 2009

What if you could nearly eradicate a tropical disease without wiping out the species of mosquito that carries it? According to Nature, a team of...

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Fry's exec busted for embezzeling over $65M
— 10:55 AM on December 24, 2008

Seems like we need a good recession every now and then to shake out the rats. Amid similar revelations in finance and politics, the...

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Saturday science subject: Wrapping gifts in 4D space
— 1:34 PM on December 20, 2008

As Christmas day approaches, folks everywhere are stocking up on wrapping paper and ribbons. Geeks everywhere face an entirely different conundrum, though: what's the most...

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Friday night topic: Facial hair!
— 5:19 PM on December 19, 2008

So, a few weeks ago, I quit shaving, and for the first time ever, really, I made a full-on attempt at growing a beard that...

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