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Stephen Hawking Thinks The Earth Should Probably Start Packing
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Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:34

From Kotaku:

"I see great dangers for the human race," begins noted theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. As a human myself, that's exactly the sort of thing I don't like to hear.

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'Eternal' sun-plane still aloft after 7 days, aiming for 14
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Written by Danrok   
Friday, 16 July 2010 18:16

From the The Register:

A British-made solar powered aircraft has been airborne above a US military test range in Arizona for more than seven days continuously, it has been announced.

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Studies: Radio Waves Hurt Tree Growth, Kill Bees
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 09 July 2010 18:16

From Daily Tech

Cell phone and other electronic use has depleted aspen seedlings and honey bees

Katie Haggerty is a woman with no academic degree from Lyons, Colorado, but she has published an environmental research paper in the International Journal of Forestry Research about the harmful effects radio waves have on aspen seedlings.

Haggerty started studying electromagnetic fields 20 years ago. She had heard of a preliminary
experiment conducted near her home north of Steamboat Mountain that aspen seedlings were healthier when shielded from radio waves.

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Foxconn Raises May Not Boost Worker Income
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 18:21

From Information Week

Employees at the China manufacturer say overtime restrictions and workload increases mean they are actually working more and earning less after a 33% base salary hike.
On the surface, salary increases recently handed out by the Foxconn Technology Group to assembly line and base-level workers at its southern China manufacturing plant were unusually high.

But underneath, a much deeper tale is unfolding.

Induced by a string of suicides at its Shenzhen plant, Foxconn, China's largest electronics contract manufacturer -- and supplier to the likes of Apple, Dell, HP, and Sony -- increased its basic wage by one-third to $177 per month, and says it will raise it again to $295 for employees that pass a three-month assessment period.

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MIT Breakthrough Could Make Internet 1,000 Times Faster
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Written by Daniel   
Monday, 05 July 2010 18:31

From Daily Tech

Tech could also save power -- a virtual data center dream -- and opens the door to incredibly fast file transfers

The ever-increasing demand for data has scientists at top research centers like CERN and MIT racing to develop better technologies.  An team led by Vincent Chan, an electrical engineering and computer science professor at MIT, just made a breakthrough that could eliminate the slowest component in the current internet infrastructure, bumping speeds by as much as 100 to 1,000 fold.

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Democrats push for new Internet sales taxes
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Written by Daniel   
Monday, 05 July 2010 18:25

From C/Net News

The halcyon days of tax-free Internet shopping will, if Rep. Bill Delahunt gets his way, soon be coming to an abrupt end.

Delahunt, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill on Thursday that would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the option for many Americans to shop over the Internet without paying state sales taxes.

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