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Samsung's charming Galaxy Gear ad mines decades of sci-fi

Samsung's new ad for its £300 smart watch is a classic compilation of brilliant sci-fi, with wrist-talking heroes from 50 years of movies and TV.

By Oct. 7, 2013


Digging for rare earths: The mines where iPhones are born

How are these unusual minerals extracted from the ground and why is that process an environmental risk? CNET's Jay Greene explains.

By Sep. 26, 2012


Brian Wong mines happiness (Startup Secret 55)

You can try to force people to be happy. Or you can find out when they really are happy, and go from there.

By Apr. 6, 2012


Smart paint could make bridges, mines safer

Scottish researchers are working on a low-cost, easily applied material that can detect microscopic faults in structures--and transmit that information remotely.

By Jan. 30, 2012


Travel startup mines Facebook data for trip tips

Uptake taps into the world's largest social network to deliver you personalized travel advice.

By Nov. 9, 2011


Where Molycorp mines rare earth elements (panoramas)

Here's a view overlooking Molycorp's facility in Mountain Pass, Calif., the only rare earth element mine in the United States.

By Apr. 22, 2011


nPario strip-mines online usage data for more effective ads

Straight from Yahoo's data analysis group, startup nPario can analyze usage logs to find just the people advertisers want to reach.

By Dec. 7, 2010


A Talon for land mines and heavy debris

Latest robot from Foster-Miller might provide more robust aid for those looking to clean up the dangerous litter of war.

By Dec. 10, 2008


Fighting land mines with darts

Naval researchers have a plan for spraying minefields with thousands of small projectiles as a way to clear a safe path for troops.

By Apr. 26, 2007


Navy seeks 'kamikaze' robot to clear mines

One contender for that task is the Transphibian, a 3-foot-long autonomous underwater vehicle from Nekton Research.

By Aug. 1, 2007