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  • The most expensive items on Amazon

    Amazon is known for its bargains, but did you know you can also use the site to fritter away colossal amounts of money? Of course you did. But do you have any idea how much money? We went through each of Amazon's departments looking for the most expensive item, and what we found was surprising. While there were some objects of genuine value, we found many others that were absurdly overpriced, with sellers often charging millions – or even trillions – of dollars for everyday products.  Some of these prices are surely inadvertent. Maybe someone accidentally keyed an inventory code into the price field, or maybe they forgot to convert the currency from rupees. Perhaps others are simply attempts by the retailer to better understand Amazon's search algorithm. And just maybe a few of them are people with dreams of striking it rich. It is, after all, a free country.   Note that this 26-item list was compiled in December 2011, and that Amazon's inventory changes quickly. To see what are currently the most expensive items on Amazon's, simply visit one of Amazon's departments and sort the items by "Price: High to Low." You'll probably want to disable one-click shopping first, just in case.  
    12/21/2011 12:34 pm

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  • Inside semiconductors, a strange phenomenon emerges

    Using high-intensity ultrafast laser beams, scientists have discovered liquid-like behavior inside solid semiconductors.

  • Beam me over, Scotty? A quantum leap in quantum teleportation.

    Quantum teleportation hasn't reached the heights dreamed of in science fiction – yet – but quantum entanglement did just 'beam' information across a measurable distance. 

  • Glowing robots: New skin lights up when touched

    Scientists have created an interface much like a smartphone touchscreen, but pliable. 

  • Report: Hackers could access US weapons systems through vulnerable chip

    A pair of cybersecurity researchers say an encrypted chip used by the military and nuclear power plants has a secret 'backdoor' that can be hacked. It could be a wakeup call for the industry. 

  • The most expensive items on Amazon

    Amazon is known for its bargains, but did you know you can also use the site to fritter away colossal amounts of money? Of course you did. But do you have any idea how much money? We went through each of Amazon's departments looking for the most expensive item, and what we found was surprising. While there were some objects of genuine value, we found many others that were absurdly overpriced, with sellers often charging millions – or even trillions – of dollars for everyday products.  Some of these prices are surely inadvertent. Maybe someone accidentally keyed an inventory code into the price field, or maybe they forgot to convert the currency from rupees. Perhaps others are simply attempts by the retailer to better understand Amazon's search algorithm. And just maybe a few of them are people with dreams of striking it rich. It is, after all, a free country.   Note that this 26-item list was compiled in December 2011, and that Amazon's inventory changes quickly. To see what are currently the most expensive items on Amazon's, simply visit one of Amazon's departments and sort the items by "Price: High to Low." You'll probably want to disable one-click shopping first, just in case.  
    12/21/2011 12:34 pm

  • Why Robert Noyce should have won two Nobel Prizes, but didn't

    Robert Noyce, the co-inventor of the microchip, could have won a Nobel Prize on two different occasions, but didn't. For Robert Noyce, it was a case of bad timing and bad advice.
    12/12/2011 02:50 pm

  • Cracker-size satellites to launch with Space Shuttle Endeavour

    Cracker-size satellites are to launch with the Space Shuttle Endeavour, advancing efforts to populate the Earth's orbit with tiny 'space-chips.'
    04/29/2011 04:52 pm

  • Five new technologies that will change the world (and win at Jeopardy!)

    Five forms of new technology that can change the world: From the computer that beats humans on "Jeopardy!" to cellphone apps for African pick-and-hoe farmers, to satellites that spy on human rights abusers.
    04/12/2011 02:10 pm

  • Small is big: a cellphone chip that allows monthly battery charge

    When small is big: Tinier chips demand less energy and could produce a cellphone that needs a battery charge only once a month.
    04/12/2011 02:09 pm

  • South Korean tech companies pick up slack left by Japan

    The global high-tech industry is suffering significant production losses as Japan's dominant semiconductor manufacturers struggle to resume operations. South Korean firms are moving to fill the void.
    04/08/2011 09:20 am

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What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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