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TransMaker Redux – device which converts your Galaxy S3/S4 phone to a tablet gets a price and goes for crowdfunding

Last month we reported on an innovative piece of tech which was designed to convert your standard Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 smartphone into a 10.1 inch …

Liftoff: SpaceX Launches Commercial Satellite Into Orbit

SpaceX, the world’s first private rocket launcher for hire, made a lengthy, barely comprehensible announcement Monday afternoon: “Falcon 9 delivered …

Church of England accused of dumbing down baptism service

The Church of England has been accused of "dumbing down" the baptism service by changing its wording so parents and godparents no longer have to "repent sins" and "reject the devil".<p>A trial of the new wording, aimed at making it easier to understand, will last in parishes until Easter.<p>The former …

How to give your kids everything but a sense of entitlement

Kids who understand gratitude have better grades and are less likely to get depressed. This was the conclusion of a recent story in the Wall Street Journal that struck a chord with both my husband and me.<p>Both of us hail from immigrant families who arrived to the US in the 1970s. Both of us grew up …

Kids

Five Reasons Why You Should Probably Stop Using Antibacterial Soap

A few weeks ago, the FDA announced a bold new position on antibacterial soap: Manufacturers have to show that it's both safe and more effective than …

The Far Future of our Solar System

If we scaled the entire Universe’s history from the Big Bang until now to be “one Universe year,” what would our future look like?<p>“<i>The way to love</i> …

Gaffes and power struggles: The most-read political stories of 2013

When the national poll did finally come, voters turned away from a divided and damaged Labor government and Tony Abbott's Coalition swept into …

Australia

Tony Abbott: Jury out on me as PM

"But I'm confident that I'm as well prepared as anyone can be for this job."<p>During his 15-minute spell in the commentary box, the prime minister also …

2013 confirmed as Australia's hottest year on record

Among the cities, Sydney posted daily maximums averaging 23.7 degrees in 2013, well above the previous high in more than 150 years of records, of …

Spooks harm the national interest in their great Anglophone game

Nov 19, 2013<p>As the NSA has done to the United States, the ill-judged actions of Australia's spies have damaged our national interest.<p>Share<p>"Choose an …

Noam Chomsky, the Salon interview: Governments are power systems, trying to sustain power

<b>(AP/Adel Hana)</b><p>Exclusive: The polymath looks back with Salon on this year’s NSA revelations and ahead to the earth’s destruction<p>Natasha Lennard<p>December 29, 2013 11:59am (UTC)<p>In his 85th year, political theorist and linguist Noam Chomsky remains a fiercely busy polymath and dedicated activist. …

Tonight's Meteor Shower: Live, From Space, It's The Quadrantids

It's early January, and that means it's time for the Quadrantid meteor shower to peak. Despite winter weather that might cloud the skies in some areas, forecasters say this year's event is worth getting up for, citing lunar conditions that will darken the night sky.<p>If you haven't heard of the …