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Carl Franzen
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Journalist, writer, and 21st century humanoid.
Journalist, writer, and 21st century humanoid.

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Twitter is down again! G+ FTW!

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" Instead of a permanent code, what if your body's data is written in pencil?"

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Now you can be the proud owner of everything from Michael Keaton's batsuit to the original Tron suit...if you've got tons of spare cash. 

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Geonengineering could be this century's nuclear bomb. 

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The best, most gripping story you'll read all year. 

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Manually selecting the traits of your child through their genetics is still sci-fi, but maybe not for long: 23andme has been awarded a patent for such a system. The company says it has no plans to implement it. +Anne Wojcicki 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4795586/23andme-designer-baby-patent

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Contrary to popular belief, the Iranian government -- or parts of it -- apparently did want to work with the US in recent times...
Interesting description of Iran/U.S. collaboration after 9/11:

The coöperation between the two countries lasted through the initial phase of the war. At one point, the lead negotiator handed Crocker a map detailing the disposition of Taliban forces. “Here’s our advice: hit them here first, and then hit them over here. And here’s the logic.” Stunned, Crocker asked, “Can I take notes?” The negotiator replied, “You can keep the map.” The flow of information went both ways. On one occasion, Crocker said, he gave his counterparts the location of an Al Qaeda facilitator living in the eastern city of Mashhad. The Iranians detained him and brought him to Afghanistan’s new leaders, who, Crocker believes, turned him over to the U.S. The negotiator told Crocker, “Haji Qassem is very pleased with our coöperation.”
The good will didn’t last. In January, 2002, Crocker, who was by then the deputy chief of the American Embassy in Kabul, was awakened one night by aides, who told him that President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union Address, had named Iran as part of an “Axis of Evil.” Like many senior diplomats, Crocker was caught off guard. He saw the negotiator the next day at the U.N. compound in Kabul, and he was furious. “You completely damaged me,” Crocker recalled him saying. “Suleimani is in a tearing rage. He feels compromised.” The negotiator told Crocker that, at great political risk, Suleimani had been contemplating a complete reëvaluation of the United States, saying, “Maybe it’s time to rethink our relationship with the Americans.” The Axis of Evil speech brought the meetings to an end. Reformers inside the government, who had advocated a rapprochement with the United States, were put on the defensive. Recalling that time, Crocker shook his head. “We were just that close,” he said. “One word in one speech changed history.”

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Google Fiber came to Kansas City promising speed and a way for poorer people to get online at affordable rates. But some of those people are choosing to go with a more experimental service instead...

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Uhh 
#ThrowbackThursday: Autonomous Land Vehicle (ALV) was an early unmanned ground vehicle (1985). Martin Marietta image
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