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Aiming For 'Wild and Crazy' Energy Ideas

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, backs energy technologies that are too risky for investors, but offer a potentially huge payoff — if they work. The agency has gambled on flywheels, compressed air energy storage, lithium-air batteries, even wind-energy kites.
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U.S. Army Restricts Access To 'The Guardian' Website

The British newspaper was the first to publish recently leaked information about top secret U.S. government surveillance programs.
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Please Text And Tweet During This Theater Performance

A play that encourages the audience to keep its phones on, take photos and live-tweet the characters onstage. "All it really did was give me a chance to check my email during the show," contributor Noah Nelson writes.
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Game Console Ouya Lures Buyers With $99 Price Tag

A $99 video game console funded through Kickstarter went on sale this week. Ouya is significantly cheaper than the big-brand consoles and also relies on a different business model. Games are sold through something like an app store, allowing customers to sample them before buying.
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Student Facebook Use Might Affect Future Success

Nearly every college student uses Facebook, according to a recent study, but not every student uses it the same way: some game, some chat, some post. Purdue University Professor Rey Junco talks to host Michel Martin about his study.
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As People Head Into Space, PayPal Says It Will Follow Them

Many people know how to buy things in cyberspace. But what about doing business in outer space? That's the question PayPal wants to answer. Citing the looming era of space tourism, the company is starting the Galactic project with the SETI Institute, to "make universal space payments a reality."
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Man Indicted In Scheme To Blackmail Romney Over Tax Returns

The indictment says Michael Mancil Brown of Franklin, Tenn., "falsely stated that he had stolen tax documents for Willard M. Romney and Ann D. Romney for tax years prior to 2010." Brown now faces federal charges of fraud and extortion.
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Translation, Please: Hand-Held Device Bridges Language Gap

A device that helps first responders communicate with speakers of other languages may soon be available to the general public. It uses a cellphone signal and gives users quick access to interpreters who can translate between English and 180 other languages.
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Environmental Outlook: Combating Light Pollution

America is losing its dark sky. Artificial light at night is harming sea turtles and other animals and has been linked to health problems in humans. For this month's Environmental Outlook, fighting light pollution.

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Thanks, But No: Social Media Refuses To Share With Turkey

In its latest effort to rein in the country's vibrant social media, Turkey says it has requested cooperation from Twitter and Facebook; they're not playing ball. Protesters are embracing social media — and the government has complained that such outlets won't share user data with law enforcement.

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