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After 'military parade blue' skies, pollution returns to Beijing

It was as if somebody had flipped a switch.<p>In the two-week run-up to a military parade in Beijing on Thursday — a massive spectacle to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II — the Chinese capital's notoriously polluted sky was an azure blue. Then on Friday morning, less than 24 …

Google robots can now chase you like a Terminator

Google-owned Boston Dynamics scared the bejesus out of us earlier this year with its hive-mind 160-pound robot dogs that can run on almost any terrain. Now the company is taking things to an all-new level with new video of its humanoid robot, which is the closest thing to a real-life Terminator …

Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues

Remember so-called death panels?<p>When Congress debated the Affordable Care Act in 2009, the legislation included a provision that would have allowed Medicare to reimburse doctors when they meet with patients to talk about end-of-life care.<p>But then Sarah Palin loudly argued that such payments would …

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One of Apple’s key iPhone design patents is no longer protected

One of Apple’s key iPhone patents has been given a non-final rejection in the still-dragging-on Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit.<p>The reason? According to a new report, it should never have been granted in the first place, due to an issue with prior art and apparent “obviousness.”<p>Among all the dense …

Immersive Virtual Reality gaming center opens in Australia

A new gaming center has opened its doors in Melbourne, Australia, and it's not quite your typical after-school haunt. This place, called Zero Latency, offers true immersive virtual reality experience: if you want to kill zombies, you'll literally have to walk/run around, aim and shoot a VR gun. <i>CNET</i> …