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Astronaut EVA - via Getty Images
Astronaut EVA - via Getty Images
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Study: Long Space flight May Damage Eyesight

It's true.  A NASA sponsored study in Houston shows brain scans of astronauts who were in space for more than a month revealed potentially serious abnormalities that could force NASA to delay or even cancel plans for longer deep space missions.

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via flickr/Phaedrus
via flickr/Phaedrus
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Russia Will Finally Send Men to the Moon

Better late than never, we suppose.  But more than half a century later?

It's reported that Russia is planning to send a team of cosmonauts to the Moon by the year 2030, which would be more than 60 years after America's Apollo 11 mission effectively signaled the end of the US-Soviet space race.

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Oli Scarff, Getty Images
Oli Scarff, Getty Images
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Man Sues Apple for Siri’s Imperfections

Apple iPhone 4S users know that Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant, can be hit or miss. Sometimes she understands you perfectly and reacts with precision, and other times? Well, not so much.

But a New York man is so upset by Siri’s flaws and foibles that he’s filed a lawsuit against Apple.

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via flickr/Hawkoffire
via flickr/Hawkoffire
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Scientists Hope to Clone Extinct Wooly Mammoth

Really?  And we thought the book and movie Jurassic Park were just science fiction.

Scientists in Russia and Korea say they believe they can clone a prehistoric creature that became extinct at least ten thousand years ago. And they've signed an agreement to try.

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via NASA.gov
via NASA.gov
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Solar Storm Strikes Earth

The largest solar storm in five years has engulfed Earth, but scientists say the planet has lucked out -- so far.  It's the result of one of the largest and most dramatic solar explosions ever seen.

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
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Apple Unveils the New iPad — What Will It Do?

While Wednesday’s roll-out of the new generation of Apple’s iPad didn’t have quite the fanfare of prior events helmed by the company’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, that doesn’t mean people weren’t paying attention.

Here’s a quick rundown of the announcement.

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via flickr/andrewsrj
via flickr/andrewsrj
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Asteroid Coming Toward Earth – What to do??

Forget about that Mayan Doomsday prophecy -- the one that says the world will come an end this December.  Not very many credible people take that one seriously.

But a lot of people with credible credentials say an asteroid will come close to Earth next February, and it should be taken very seriously because it could hit the Earth.

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via flickr/Tammy McGary
via flickr/Tammy McGary
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Is Texting Bad for the Future of Democracy?

Don't laugh.  A recent Nielsen study shows that Americans between the ages of 13 and 17 exchange, on average, 3,417 text messages a month.  That’s one every eight minutes during the waking day, and that's just the average.  Many people send and receive even more texts than that.

A growing number of scientists and sociologists say this national addiction to cell phone technology is not just bad for those who're doing it.  It's also bad for the future of our society and our form of government. Read on.

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