Maddy Robertson

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The Devil's Advocate on Corona Del Mar High School's 'Prom Draft'

What's the least awful way to arrange dates to the dance?<p><i>Boys at Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California, made headlines last week after using an NFL-style draft to determine who they'd ask to prom. "</i><i>40 senior boys assembled recently at a 'private venue' clad in ceremonial sport</i> …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human colony on Mars by 2025 a little …

Want to Live on Mars? Private Martian Colony Project Seeks Astronauts

NEW YORK — If a one-way trip to Mars appeals to you, now's the time to apply to be part of the first crew of a Red Planet colony.<p>The …

Mars hopefuls ponder life without families, favorite foods

If your romantic partner pointed you to an application for a one-way trip to Mars, would you be upset -- or thrilled?<p>When Dr. Leila Zucker's husband sent her such an e-mail last spring, he said that he didn't want her to go but that he'd be a lousy husband if he didn't tell her about …

My favourite waste of time: why Candy Crush and Angry Birds are so compulsive

There is one question a lot of people ask while playing Candy Crush Saga: why am I playing Candy Crush Saga?<p>This saccharine-splattered casual gaming treat, which hit 500m downloads last November, is both utterly compulsive and totally inexplicable to a huge number of its users.<p>The same goes for …

Dubai police use Google Glass to crack down on traffic violators

Applications allow officers to record violators and identify wanted vehicles<p>Police in Dubai have begun using Google Glass as part of an effort to crack down on traffic violations. An official with the emirate's police force confirmed to <i>Gulf News</i> this week that traffic officers are testing the …

I Met a Woman Who Wants to Move to Mars -- and Not Because That's Where Men Are From

The international field of candidates vying to be the first colonists to Mars is now down to 705 people, out of more than 200,000 people who initially applied. Only 287 of them are women. I met one of these Martian hopefuls recently in Guatemala.<p>I was there trying to figure out what to do with the …