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Oracle CEO Purchases Hawaiian Island

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has purchased almost the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai. Melissa Block talks with Mike Wilson, author of a book on Ellison, about the purchase and other eccentric moves by the software magnate.
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Science Diplomacy

When tensions among nations are at their height, connections among scientists can be a powerful avenue for maintaining ties and backdoor diplomacy.

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5 Ways To Spark Your Creativity

Inspiration may seem rare, but you might be able to increase the odds of having a genius moment. Research points to some surprisingly simple triggers of innovation: taking a shower, living in a far-off land or working in a blue room. Eureka!
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Company Bets Robotic Vending Machine Pizza Is A Winner

It's Italians — the prideful, original pizza makers and the people who invented Slow Food — and Dutch partners who are trying to remake the pizza landscape with a superfast pizza-from-scratch vending machine. The company, A1 Concepts, says it's now shipping its machines to Atlanta.
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UMD Students Break Record Flying Man-Powered Helicopter

Aerospace students at the University of Maryland broke the unofficial world record Wednesday for flight in a man-powered helicopter, staying airborne for more than 30 seconds.

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Failure: The F-Word Silicon Valley Loves And Hates

For every revolutionary idea in Silicon Valley, there are a lot more flops. But many tech entrepreneurs and investors say failure is accepted, even welcomed, as a guide for future success.
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Microsoft's 'Surface': The Early Reviews Are In

And most reviewers seem impressed with their early interactions with the tablet.
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Microsoft's Surface Tablet To Compete With iPad

Microsoft has introduced a new tablet computer, called Surface, that it says works perfectly with the software giant's new operating system Windows 8. Microsoft didn't reveal when Surface would be available, but insiders are guessing this fall.
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Lights, Camera, YouTube: Studio Cashes In On An Entertainment Revolution

When Lisa Donovan (a.k.a. LisaNova) started making a living off her homemade YouTube videos, she and her fiance knew they'd hit something big. They founded Maker Studios to help other YouTubers hone their content. Today, their company and others like it are turning the entertainment industry model on its head.

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