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Finally, humanity gets the tools needed to find life on other planets

In the "Star Trek" universe, humans made contact with aliens in 2063. In the real world, scientists could beat that mark by decades, at least when it comes to detecting signs of life beyond this rock.

By June 16, 2015


NASA: Humans could find alien life within 20 years

NASA scientists and top space experts outline plans to advance the search for life on other worlds.

By July 15, 2014


Watch robotic pole dancers shake their actuators

At the Tobit Software booth at the CeBit trade show, robotic pole dancers Lexy and Tess twerk it for the crowd.

By March 12, 2014


NASA's Kepler may have spied its last Earth-like planet

The space agency is giving up on restoring its planet-hunting spacecraft to full operational capability, but that doesn't mean the mission is over just yet.

By August 15, 2013


Facebook Graph Search: 4 big reasons it matters

commentary CNET's Jennifer Van Grove dissects the implications of a Facebook search engine that caters to changing behaviors and exposes a generation that lives in public.

By January 18, 2013


How Generation Y really feels about online privacy

Do young adults understand the damning effects of oversharing online? You might be surprised to learn the answer.

By January 9, 2013


SkyLight smartphone-microscope mount: Let's get small (video)

Adapter enables users to capture microscopic images -- of everything from flowers to insects to pathogens -- with their smartphone. SmartPlanet visits SkyLight for a hands-on look at the device.

By March 26, 2012


Buzz Out Loud 1489: 7073, people, keep it simple (Podcast)

The most common iPhone passcodes are revealed on today's show (no, not by LulzSec), but Tong has a pager-callback suggestion for all of us. A proposal in Congress would force U.S. companies to actually tell us when they're hacked and our data is stolen (yes, please), and Rojadirecta becomes the people's hero in challenging the government's domain-name seizures. Go, Rojadirecta, go!

By June 14, 2011


Pride, Prejudice, and Kindles: Amazon offers classics for free

You've seen the film, probably with Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson; now read the original book, on your Kindle, for nowt.

By February 11, 2010


Pride and Prejudice and Kindles: Amazon offers British Library classics for free

The British Library is to offer the works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and other literary giants, for free to Amazon Kindle owners

By February 11, 2010