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  • 20140610-AMX-MARS10.jpg How do you change a flat on Mars? NASA learning as it goes

    When the Curiosity rover set out last July on its much-anticipated drive to the Mars mission's ultimate destination — the three-mile-high science prize called Mount Sharp — everyone knew the going might get rough. Indeed, Mars had other plans for the rover, and they weren't cordial.

    June 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Social networks are the new matchmakers

    With studies showing that one-third of married couples started their relationships online, finding romance via URLs is no longer as novel - and creepy - as it seemed when dating sites launched in the mid-1990s.

    June 9, 2014

  • It's back! The world's cheapest airline flies again

    his week the relaunched version of People Express, the somewhat iconic 1980s-era discount carrier, began selling tickets for the first time in more than two decades for flights in markets that the major carriers have abandoned.

    June 6, 2014

  • Spaceflight report says NASA strategy can't get humans to Mars

    A sweeping review of NASA's human spaceflight program has concluded that the agency has an unsustainable and unsafe strategy that will prevent the U.S. from achieving a human landing on Mars in the foreseeable future.

    June 4, 2014

  • HICCUPS3.jpg An explanation for hiccups? Don't hold your breath

    We all get hiccups from time to time. Perhaps you ate too quickly, got too excited or drank something carbonated. Or you are coming out of anesthesia after an operation. But often there's no clear trigger. Doctors don't know what purpose they serve, nor do they know how to make them go away. In other words, the humble hiccup remains largely a mystery. And just as theories abound on causes and cures, so do home remedies.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hospital charges to treat chest pain jump 10 percent in a year

    The charge to treat Medicare patients with chest pain at U.S. hospitals rose 10 percent to $18,568 in just a year, the biggest rise seen among the most common inpatient procedures, according to federal data.

    June 2, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-05-30 at 2.39.00 PM.png Distracted? 3 desktop apps to save you from yourself

    While we normally share mobile apps, this week's "special edition" piece includes three desktop apps to save your distracted self from social media scrolling, constant email checking and general lack of focus.

    May 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIDEO: Chicago's Skydeck ledge cracks under tourists

    While tourists were standing on the Willis Tower Skydeck, a glass ledge suspended 103 floors above Chicago, cracks began forming beneath them.

     

    May 29, 2014

  • Skype's real-time language translator

    This week at Re/Code's Code Conference, Microsoft announced a real-time, multilingual translation beta called Skype Translate. The service can mediate between two video chatterers who speak different languages by providing text and audio translation after each person finishes speaking. Currently the service works for English and German, but Microsoft says it will support other languages soon. The beta will be released later this year.

    May 28, 2014

  • airplanes-work-1.jpg Airfare honesty? It may be an oxymoron

    The issue of fare advertising has taken on a renewed sense of urgency now that Congress is considering removing the Transportation Department's full-fare advertising rule, which requires airlines and ticket sellers to display a price that you can actually book.

    May 27, 2014 1 Photo

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