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Need for nuclear option explained, with toasters

If renewable energy is on the rise in America, why should we even bother with nuclear power? Seattle tech maverick Nathan Myhrvold, who’s backing a next-generation nuclear venture called TerraPower, explains the rationale in terms of toasters. Myhrvold lays out … Continue reading

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Amazon wins share of Golden Globes spotlight

Amazon’s billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, is becoming a regular at Hollywood award ceremonies like tonight’s Golden Globes, and now he’s becoming an inspiration for the jokes as well. Bezos is attending the free-wheeling festivities by virtue of the 11 nominations … Continue reading

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How to get water on Mars? Cook it out of the soil

Scientists say there’s enough water in just one region of Mars to fill up Lake Superior – if only it could be extracted from subsurface ice. So how can future Red Planet settlers take advantage of those deposits to produce the drinkable … Continue reading

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Red Planet tech plays a role in ‘Mars’ TV show

The Red Planet mission that’s depicted in National Geographic Channel’s “Mars” miniseries may be purely fictional, but it draws upon decades’ worth of technological development for real-life interplanetary odysseys. One of the technologies was proposed by researchers at the University … Continue reading

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What needs to be done to get us to Mars

The “Mars” miniseries premiering on the National Geographic Channel is only the latest in a decades-long string of media projects laying out a vision for settling Mars – but this time, the creators say they’re sure the vision will actually … Continue reading

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An R-rated ‘Star Trek’? It could happen online

Naked aliens? Foul-mouthed Starfleet officers? Theoretically, you could be seeing and hearing such things in the online-only shows that’ll be part of CBS’ “Star Trek” reboot. That’s the word from CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone, who discussed what’s coming up … Continue reading

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How Neil deGrasse Tyson got out-geeked

Few people can geek out to a movie harder than astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, but he met his match when it came to Thor’s hammer. Tyson, who’s the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium as well as the host of … Continue reading

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