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  • Cover Story How artificial intelligence is changing our lives

    From smart phones that act as personal concierges to self-parking cars to medical robots, the artificial intelligence revolution is here. So where do humans fit in?

  • Focus Obama or Romney? Why 5 undecided voters are still on the fence.

    The presidential election will be decided by a tiny fraction of American voters – those in swing states who have not made up their minds. What are these 1 million people waiting for? The Monitor talked to five undecided voters to find out.

  • Star Trek: The Original Series: The 10 greatest episodes (+ video)

    Star Trek: The Original Series first aired 46 years ago Friday, and Google is marking the occasion with an elaborate, interactive doodle that includes a number of Trek tropes, including a doomed redshirt, a chief communications officer in soft-focus, a bulkhead full of tribbles, a generic rocky planet, and a whole lot of blinking and beeping and flashing lights.The doodle is based on a first-season episode titled 'The Arena,' in which Captian Kirk is transported to a planet that looks suspiciously like the outskirts of Los Angeles, where he must face off against a reptilian humanoid. By our calculations, 'The Arena' was the 17th greatest episode. Here are our top ten:

  • Did you find all the secrets in Google's Star Trek: The Original Series doodle?

    Star Trek: The Original Series made its debut 46 years ago. In that time, the show created a media empire, inspired many rising scientists, and played a surprising role in the American Civil Rights movement. Google honored the original series on Friday with an interactive doodle. The mini Star Trek episode follows a Googlized Captain Kirk from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise to the clutches of danger. Along the way, Google's design team hid many secrets. Here's a complete guide to the winks, spoofs, and inside jokes tucked into doodle. 

  • Horizons Star Trek: The Original Series' surprising role in US civil rights

    Google features a doodle for Star Trek: The Original Series – a nod to one of the most progressive television shows of its era. 

  • Quantum 'teleportation' distance record broken

    Researchers say that exploiting quantum entanglement could lead to near-instantaneous data transmission. 

  • Gravity's Engines

    With 'Gravity's Engines,' Caleb Scharf establishes himself as one of the finest space storytellers.

  • The Beloit College Mindset List for the class of 2016

    Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world.

  • William Shatner as 'Negotiator': He's back

    William Shatner reprises his role as Priceline's Negotiator in a new ad. But can William Shatner save struggling Priceline?

  • 'Star Trek' actors star in new Mars rover landing videos (+video)

    William Shatner and Wil Wheaton, the 'Star Trek' icons who portrayed Captain Kirk and Wesley Crusher, appear in two new NASA videos promoting the Curiosity Mars rover, which is scheduled to land on Mars on Aug. 5.

Doing Good


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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