Interactive

Big Brother? Homes, cities to watch, interact with you

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: March 31, 2012   View Article

Our homes and cities may soon be filled with sensors and tiny, energy-sipping computers that watch our every move in order, we hope, to enrich our lives and lower our impact on the environment, according to researchers working in the field of “ambient intelligence.”

While there’s a creepy Big Brother element to our houses and cities watching, learning, and interacting with our every move, the smart homes and cities of the future are really just the next frontier in our already sensor-rich and hyper-connected world.

Eight surprising fossil finds

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: March 16, 2009   View Article

Fossils help scientists peel back the layers of time to reveal stories of life from eras long past. Sometimes the story goes in an unforeseen direction; other fossils have a “wow” factor simply because they were discovered at all. Check out eight surprising fossil finds.

10 peeks at sex in the wild

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: February 6, 2009   View Article

Birds do it, bees do it. Even female jumping spiders do it — dangerously. Check out ten ways animals get do it in the wild.

Ten views: From Earth to the Universe

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: January 22, 2009   View Article

Check out ten images featured in “From Earth to the Universe,” one of several projects organized for the International Year of Astronomy. More than 40 countries have announced plans to participate. About 125 space images are available for display in airports, parks and other public places around the world. Some of the images here just might show up at an exhibit near you.

Blast to the past with these eight classic gadgets

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: January 20, 2009   View Article

When the Apple iPhone was introduced in June 2007, it won kudos as a world-changing gizmo. Finally, gadget freaks had a cell phone, music and video player, camera, PDA, and Web browser together in one seamless package operated purely by touch. Check out eight classic gadgets that made a mark on technology. Many of their functions are now standard features on today’s all-in-one smartphones.

6 signs that aliens might exist

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: December 11, 2008   View Article

Do aliens exist? Explore the evidence — from the scientifically plausible to the incredible — suggesting that we may not be alone in the universe.

8 Jewish archaeological discoveries

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: December 10, 2008   View Article

The Holy Land continues to produce ancient treasures thousands of years after the events described in the Bible. Learn about eight archaeological discoveries made in recent years that have shed light on Jewish history and the Old Testament.

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