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Barnes And Noble Unveils Their E-Book Reader The Nook
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Justice Department May Free You From The Oppression Of Overpriced E-books

There is so much injustice these days you've got to believe the government just hasn't had time to get around to the particular injustice affecting you.  Unless that injustice is exorbitant e-book prices.  Then Uncle Sam has your back.

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Heart Hospital Uses Technology To Reduce Errors
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Daylight Saving Time Could Kill You This Weekend

This weekend marks the blessed time.  Time to change the time.  Time to spring forward and go forth through another season of renewal.  And it could kill you!

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Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
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San Antonio Hits International Space Station With Laser Pointer

Laser pointers are a lot of fun, provided you don't point it in an eye or try to hit a overflying airplane.  But hitting the International Space Station is 100% OK, provided you communicate your intentions to an astronaut.

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Ear Trumpet
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Ingestion Of Button Batteries A Powerful Problem

Button batteries have become fairly ubiquitous.  They're in everything from bathroom scales to hearing aids, car remotes to singing cards.  And lately they've been ending up in children's stomachs.

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Cell Phone Jammers May Be Useful But They Are Illegal

Using a portable cell phone jammer is against Federal law.  Talking loudly on your cell phone should be against the law too.

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Large Solar Flare Expected To Affect Earth
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There’s A 1-In-8 Chance You Need To Be Doomsday Prepped By 2020

Maybe all those crazy and eccentric Doomsday Preppers on NatGeo are on to something.  Scientist say there's a 1-in-8 chance earth will sustain a catastrophic solar megastorm by 2020.  Thankfully these events are rare.

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Google Nears 10th Anniversary
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Calling All Hackers! Google Offering $1 Million Dollar Bounty For Internet Browser Hacks

Google is so confident their Chrome browser is safe from your hacking attack they are offering up to $1 million dollars for anyone able to hack it.  They've got cash prizes for Mozilla.  And yes you can pick on Internet Explorer for cash too but there really is no fun shooting fish in a barrel.

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Skin Two Expo - Studio
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Tongue Drive Promises Better Wheelchair Control For Paralyzed Patients

People with high-level spinal cord injuries have been incredibly limited in the available options for mobility.  The Georgia Institute of Technology is doing something about that.  It's on the tip of their tongue.

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Can Science Define Beauty?

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but that doesn’t mean science won’t try to decode it anyway. Researchers found when looking at something aesthetically pleasing, the sensory areas of the brain light up, and the more beautiful the item,  the greater the brain activity in certain regions.

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How Are You Adapting to Facebook and Other Social Media? – Survey of the Day

Now that people are getting more used to being on social networks like Facebook they seem to be getting more picky about whom they are sharing their information with.

According to a survey from the Pew Research Center, 63 percent of social media network users removed people from their friend rolls in 2011, which was up from the 56 percent of those who did so in 2009.

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