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  • Get irrational: 3.14 things to do on Pi Day

    March 14 is Pi Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant measuring the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (beginning with 3.14). Pi Day is celebrated internationally, and in 2009 it was decreed an official holiday by the US House of Representatives. Here are 3.14 ways to celebrate.

  • Video games and shooting: Is the NRA right?

    The NRA says the problem with mass shootings like the recent one at the Sandy Hook grade school in Connecticut is not too many unregulated guns but violent video games. But most academic and government research does not support the gun lobby's charge.

  • Scientists can see around corners using lasers and computers

    Ordinarily it's impossible to see an object around a corner, but researchers have devised a system of pulsing lasers and computer algorithms that allow them to see the seemingly unseeable.

  • Facebook IPO: Could it backfire if users revolt?

    The Facebook IPO will make some people very rich, but social-media experts suggest that it could force Facebook to put profits over user experience – and that could cause problems.

  • Eastman Kodak employees, retirees, stockholders brace for pain

    Rochester mayor Tom Richards described Thursday's bankruptcy filing as more of a psychological blow than an economic jolt to the city, where Kodak has been the engine of local commerce for 132 years.

  • Eastman Kodak files for bankruptcy

    Eastman Kodak ruled the photography world for over a century, but on Thursday Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

  • Bankruptcy protection: Kodak makes moves to stave it off

    Kodak may file for bankruptcy protection, as analysts wonder if the company will find a buyer for its trove of patents. Bankruptcy protection could hit 'in the coming weeks,' according to one report.

  • Time cloaking: how scientists opened a hidden gap in time

    Scientists say they have achieved 'temporal cloaking' – manipulating light in a way that makes it appear as if 50 trillionths of a second never happened. Now, they'll try to expand the gap.

  • Five reasons the S&P downgrade isn’t so bad – and one word of caution

    Five reasons the S&P downgrade isn’t so bad – and one word of caution

    If the Standard & Poors downgrade of US debt from AAA to AA+ worries investors enough, the US may be forced to pay higher interest on its debt, which could affect interest rates across the economy, from mortgages to car loans. But for now, economists say, the economic impact of the downgrade will likely be minimal and US Treasury bonds will continue to be the investment vehicle of choice for American and overseas investors. “Despite the drop in the rating and the fact that the US economy is going through a fiscal crisis, it’s still one of the safest places to invest,” says Farhad Saboori, an economist at Albright College in Reading, Penn. Here are five reasons why the downgrade isn’t as bad as it seems, and a reminder not to take it too lightly:

  • How Congress's high-stakes brinkmanship became the new normal

    How Congress's high-stakes brinkmanship became the new normal

    From Minnesota to the NFL to the halls of Congress, negotiations keep devolving into one high-stakes game of chicken after another, as public intransigence works against private compromise.

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