For thousands of years, there was no doubt. A woman who gave birth was that child's mother, and her husband the presumed father. Thanks to scientific advances, multiple people may be involved in creating a child now, but the law has not caught up.
The history of rocket launches is filled with failure, but out of those failures came knowledge that helped lead to success, experts note. The question is whether North Korea's latest failure will put it on a successful path.
In a new book, To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, engineer Henry Petroski chronicles disasters from the sinking of the Titanic to the destruction of space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. Petroski discusses why these accidents are often caused by factors other than a design flaw.
Days after it was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, reports have emerged that Instagram now has more than 40 million users in its photo-sharing community. The gain, which was derived from the service's API, represents a 10 million spike in Instagram's users in the past 10 days, according to Venture Beat.
From mattresses to cars to handbags, there's almost nothing Anne Houseman wouldn't buy on the Web — and she's not the only one. According to one estimate, last year, 7 percent of overall U.S. retail sales were logged online, and that number is only expected to go up.
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