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Anything else, off-topic, or stuff that's difficult to classify

9/11 babies inherit stress

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Pregnant women traumatised by the World Trade Center attacks may have passed a susceptibility to stress on to their newborn babies, researchers say.

TV Limits Copies

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The FCC's new broadcast flag will restrict your ability to copy and share your favorite digital television shows and movies.

Rampant piracy lands China on 'watch list'

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The Bush administration has placed China on a "priority watch list" for allegedly not doing enough to protect intellectual property rights.

M$ & Intel Scarfing Up more Patents

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As Washington eyes patent reforms, the imperative to secure intellectual property is driving companies to build up their portfolios.

From The Laptops Of Terrorists

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If you can't catch terrorists, then the next best thing seems to be snatching their laptop computers. And as luck would have it, they're just as sloppy about protecting their sensitive personal information as the rest of us.

Beer makes you clever: official

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A Swedish team has shown that mice fed with moderate amounts of alcohol grew new nerve cells in the brain.

Cemetery to begin vertical burials

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An Australian company has been given approval to begin work on a cemetery where bodies will be buried vertically to save space and minimize impact on the environment, a spokesman said Thursday.

IBM to acquire Healthlink

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Software giant IBM said it will buy Houston, Texas-based Healthlink, a US healthcare technology consulting services firm, for an undisclosed sum.

huh?

Moore's Law: Friend or Foe to Consumers?

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A fresh perspective of the consequences of Moore's law as seen developers on the everyday consumer. As more computing power becomes available and developers take advantage, system boot time increase, office application launch increases, and web page loading increases. How will the home user and smb on dialup and lower bandwidth broadband cope? Will developers care?

The Blind Struggle As Gadgets Proliferate

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As technology has evolved, it's become lighter, smaller and more portable. For most people, that makes it more convenient. For millions of blind and vision-impaired people, it's anything but.

Jay Leventhal, who is blind, states, "Blind people need a way to communicate with the machines that surround them, from automated tellers to ticketing machines at train stations and airports."

CA woman charged in Wendy's finger case

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Police investigating how a human finger ended up in a woman's bowl of Wendy's chili declared the claim a hoax yesterday and arrested her on charges of attempted grand larceny.

Can your family go a week without computers?

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Think your kids spend too much time online? The organizers of the first annual National PC-Turnoff Week hope families will soon learn to kick the habit.

'Info-mania' dents IQ more than marijuana

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The relentless influx of emails, cellphone calls and instant messages received by modern workers can reduce their IQ by more than smoking marijuana, suggests UK research.

Intel Finds Their Mag

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Intel pays an engineer from Surrey $10,000 for a 40-year-old copy of an electronics magazine containing an article that Moore's famous 'Law' was said to be based on.

New Life for Moore's Law?

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Princeton professor Stephen Chou believes he has come up with a way to keep the semiconductor industry rolling forward, and it resembles something Henry VIII might have worn on his royal vestments.

Congress OKs Bill to Strip DVD Movie Smut

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Fledgling technology that helps parents prevent children from watching movie scenes depicting sex, violence or foul language won new legal protections Tuesday under a bill Congress is sending to President Bush. The bill also would make it a federal crime to use video cameras to record films in movie theaters.

Happiness helps people stay healthy

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People who are happier in their daily lives have healthier levels of key body chemicals than those who muster few positive feelings, a new study suggests. This means happier people may have healthier hearts and cardiovascular systems, possibly cutting their risk of diseases like diabetes.

Risk-taking boys do not get the girls

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WHETHER it's driving too fast, bungee-jumping or reckless skateboarding, young men will try almost anything to be noticed by the opposite sex. But a study of attitudes to risk suggests that the only people impressed by their stunts are other men.

Virus writers have girlfriends - official

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The stereotype of virus writers as spotty nerds who can't pull is well wide of the mark. She found the type of person who causes the disruption that accompanies the release of malicious code varied considerably by age, education, income, interests and social skills.

Female networks create opportunities

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Lara Tusher was stuck.

After spending six years developing Velocity Art and Design into a successful home-furnishing retail presence in Seattle and on the Web, Tusher became so wrapped up in the daily details of her business that she couldn't turn her attention to the development of the company's marketing, Web site and catalog.

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