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Mining Quarries Millions Of Miles From Earth

A private company has unveiled plans to mine precious metals and water from nearby asteroids. Planetary Resources co-founder Eric Anderson discusses the various stages of the mining process and how the excavated minerals could impact future space exploration and innovation on Earth.
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The Idea Factory: How Bell Labs Created The Future

In The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, Jon Gertner writes of the legendary innovations developed at AT&T's Bell Labs, from lasers and transistors to solar cells and cell phones, and discusses how the lab became a hotbed for new ideas.
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Designing The Pied Piper Of Fish

Mechanical engineer Maurizio Porfiri, of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, designs robot fish. A few years ago, he found that real fish would mill about his aquatic robot, and now he's trying to understand why. His research suggests that it has less to do with how the robot looks, than how it makes fish feel.
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What We Have Here: A Failure To Communicate

Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Skype, mobile phones, chat, instant messages and countless other tech advances, we're more connected than ever — theoretically, at least. But all too often, being totally wired leaves us oddly disconnected.
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Could Iran Wage A Cyberwar On The U.S.?

The prospect of losing may well discourage Iran from launching a direct cyberattack on the United States. But having a cyber arsenal for deterrent purposes would not necessarily preclude Iran from sharing those weapons with groups less hesitant to use them, security experts say.
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Al Gore Put In Internet Hall Of Fame

For being "a key proponent of sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet," the former vice president is among the first honorees.

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