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Earth - Asteroids are not the only threat to life from space

We are here by the skin of our teeth. Evolution could well have turned out differently, and the fact that it did not may well be down to freak, chance events. Life on Earth has faced a string of accidents, weird situations and outright catastrophes, from sudden ice ages to collisions with asteroids …

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Tshwane geek tracks down first Apollo computer

The Apollo lunar module, flown to the moon using the same Guidance Computer model that had been successfully tested on Flight AS-202.<p><i>This article is</i> …

Why Wi-Fi Stinks—and How to Fix It

<b>Ask consumers in the</b> developed world about their household Wi-Fi connection and they’ll likely tell you that lately it seems to be getting worse, not …

This man figured out a way to send a robot to work for him so he doesn't have to go — here's the best and worst part

He shows up promptly at 9 AM, logs onto his email, hangs out by the water cooler, catches up with his boss, and attends weekly meetings. Around six or seven, he says goodbye to his colleagues and signs off.<p>But unlike most people, Brewer isn't <i>physically</i> in his office. He's not even in the Bay Area, …

Charge Mobile Data dumps your phone’s voice plan for pure data

New service lets your phone go data-only for the first time<p>Smartphones are connected computers that fit in our pockets — at this point, the "phone" part of them is virtually an afterthought. We use them for all kinds of communication that has nothing to do with a phone number: email, instant …

Altenburg 'World Café' promotes integration between refugees and Germans

In the eastern German town of Altenburg, a weekly café is hoping to break down barriers between refugees and local residents. DW's Kate Brady reports …