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Obama Privacy Breach Common, Advocates Say

Verizon Wireless has apologized to President-Elect Barack Obama after several employees took a peek at his cell-phone records, but privacy advocates say what happened to Obama is just an example of what is happening to thousands of Americans. Verizon, which has 71,000 employees nationwide, said it learned last week about the access. Obama's device was a basic flip phone and did not include...

Fabulous flippers: Dolphins have quite the kick

(AP) -- Dolphins have a kick that would make Michael Phelps jealous - 212 pounds worth. How dolphins are able to swim so fast first preoccupied researchers back in 1936, when zoologist James Gray calculated the drag dolphins must overcome to swim faster than 20 miles an hour. Gray said dolphins lacked the muscles to swim so fast, and yet they did. This became known as Gray's Paradox.

The 10 Movies You Shouldn't Watch Online

Movies are increasingly creeping online, as video sites like YouTube and Hulu are adding feature films to their extensive libraries. At the Google-owned YouTube, there is the YouTube Screening Room, which every two weeks, adds four new films -- mostly independent works -- to the site. Hulu, the joint creation of NBC Universal and News Corp., has hundreds of films available for stream, from...

Engineers Face Jail in Economic Espionage Case

Two engineers from China who pleaded guilty to the rare charge of economic espionage against the U.S. are facing sentencing Friday, in a case that highlights national security threats surrounding sensitive technologies. Fei Ye, a U.S. citizen, and Ming Zhong, a permanent resident of the U.S., admitted in 2006 that they stole computer chip designs from their Silicon Valley employers and tried to...

Urban Growers Go High-Tech To Feed City Dwellers

Terry Fujimoto sees the future of agriculture in the exposed roots of the leafy greens he and his students grow in thin streams of water at a campus greenhouse. The program run by the California State Polytechnic University agriculture professor is part of a growing effort to use hydroponics -- a method of cultivating plants in water instead of soil -- to bring farming into cities, where...

LittleBigPlanet Revitalizes a Stale Genre

The platform game has fallen on hard times. Maybe it's that name, which came about in the 1980s when Mario was actually jumping on moving platforms in "Super Mario Bros." But the genre needs a catchier title, like "running-jumping-bouncing-super-fun-action-adventure." There has to be a Japanese word that encompasses all that. Platform games used to represent a huge chunk of the video-game...

Politics' Next Step? Donations Go High Text

In a 2008 Super Bowl ad, NFL golden boy Tom Brady asked nearly 100 million viewers to text "FIT" to donate $5 to the United Way. About 25,000 people responded, raising $10,000. Now imagine if President-elect Barack Obama had been able to ask the 100,000 people who showed up at his rally in St. Louis in October to give $5 or $10 with a simple text. It's another technology political campaigns are...

The Nation's Weather (AP)

AP - Cold, wintry weather was sweeping across the Midwest and Ohio River Valley early Monday, while much of the West and Plains enjoyed clear...

Scientists discover 21st century plague

Bacteria that can cause serious heart disease in humans are being spread by rat fleas, sparking concern that the infections could become a bigger problem in humans. Research published in the December issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology suggests that brown rats, the biggest and most common rats in Europe, may now be carrying the bacteria.

Stomach ulcer bug causes bad breath

Bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and cancer could also be giving us bad breath, according to research published in the December issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology. For the first time, scientists have found Helicobacter pylori living in the mouths of people who are not showing signs of stomach disease.