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Russians prep Soyuz for launch to International Space Station

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 22:40
Two-and-a-half months after a dramatic launch failure, Russian engineers ready a closely inspected Soyuz spacecraft for launch to the space station, the program's first manned flight in the post-shuttle era.

NASA: 'The world is not about to end. No, really'

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 04:26
We're getting so many reassurances from NASA these days that the world is not about to be destroyed by some space-borne phenomenon that I'm starting to wonder if there's something the space agency isn't telling us.

Tesla's dream screen: The car dashboard of the future

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 04:53
The Tesla S sedan, coming next year, boasts a 17-inch touch-screen interface designed from scratch by the pioneering maker of electric vehicles.

iPad is the brain of Sunset Smart Homes (photos)

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 04:16
A wall-mounted iPad and other Apple devices are central to Sunset magazine's featured "Idea" homes this year. Have a look at the futuristic, eco-friendly duplex in Palo Alto, Calif.

Doing drugs? Beware this fingerprinting device

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 03:29
Handheld fingerprint drug testing tech being developed in the U.K. debuts in prototype form. Full production could begin next year.

Humanoid plant workers wow crowds at iRex

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 10:49
At the 2011 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, power-lifting bots mix it up with the latest humanoids.

eButton knows if you're a workout warrior or a slug

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 01:25
Prototype gadget is a combination of GPS, accelerometer, camera, and sensors that track everything from time spent at the computer to where you eat out.

Flying bot could save firefighters' lives

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 00:56
Researchers are testing a small, unmanned aerial vehicle whose in-flight data is merged with Google Earth images, NOAA weather data, and fire-prediction software.

Designing a better food label (video)

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 00:20
Food labels can be confusing, but graphic designer Renee Walker aims to change that. Putting the focus on ingredients, she shows SmartPlanet how she's created a new design.

As Facebook buys Strobe, Tilde embraces its Web tech

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 16:10
Strobe worked hard on the open-source SproutCore technology, and Facebook likes it. CNET has learned that a startup called Tilde is working on commercializing it.

Meet Mask-bot, the human-like plastic head

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 05:59
Researchers aim to give robots a more human-like face with a system that beams 3D images onto the back of a transparent plastic mask. The effect? You decide.

Asimo does bottles, lovey-dovey hand gestures

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 03:57
In an update to Honda's humanoid robot, Asimo gets faster and more autonomous--and starts pouring drinks.

FitDesk: Workouts for workaholics

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 03:45
Don't have time for the gym? No worries. The FitDesk lets you work out while at work, and you don't even have to change out of your khakis or jeans.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has landing-gear hiccup

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 03:22
Just two weeks after carrying paying passengers for the first time, the much-hyped next-generation airplane suffered its first glitch, a landing-gear deployment problem.

A vaccine for breast, ovarian cancers?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 01:50
An experimental type of vaccine that aims to treat, as opposed to prevent, metastatic breast and ovarian cancer shows promise in a small clinical trial.

Asteroid flyby today: Too close for comfort?

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 22:56
The aircraft carrier-sized 2005 YU55 asteroid will be only some 200,000 miles from Earth when it passes by. That's closer than the moon.

BlindSpot: Smart cane concept looks to future

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 22:49
Grad student nabs second-place James Dyson Award for cane that integrates a mobile phone and uses ultrasonic technology to detect low-hanging objects from 5 to 6.5 feet away.

Scientists pleasantly 'shocked' by skills of Foldit gamers

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 03:03
How gamers devised state-of-the-art algorithms playing Foldit, a protein-folding game that has advanced HIV, cancer, and Alzheimer's research.

The laser that turns brown eyes blue?

Sun, 11/06/2011 - 22:01
An inventor in California claims that he has created a 20-second procedure that can change your eye color from brown to blue without damage.

White House: There is no evidence aliens exist--yet

Sun, 11/06/2011 - 20:42
Two petitions, motivated by President Obama's "We The People" initiative, receive official responses that the government has no credible evidence of little green people and that there have been no cover-ups.