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Make way for the Skycar

by Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Good news for all those people waiting for the hover car to arrive: California-based Moller International is now taking deposits on vehicles that will apparently go on sale within a few months. And the price isn't too bad, assuming you happen to have at least 24 friends who are equally keen on the new form of locomotion: the M400 Skycar goes for $995,000 US for orders of 25, and as low as $500,000 for orders of 201 or more.

Click the link below to read more before getting your flying car posse together.

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What is Apple cooking up now?

by Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Another day, another round of Apple speculation. This time, it's somewhat intriguing. The company has announced a "special event" for Sept. 5, starting at 10 a.m. at San Francisco's Moscone Center, which is home to Apple's annual Macworld expo. Apple hasn't said what it'll be about, but a graphic promoting the event using the iTunes album cover display scheme has some thinking the announcement will have something to do with the music/video store and/or iPods.

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Luke's lightsaber to take flight

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

NASA has a long history of bringing mementos from Earth aboard space shuttles to drum up interest for the sometimes painfully slow process of constructing the orbiting International Space Station. In June the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with an artifact from the 17th-century American settlement of Jamestown to celebrate 400th anniversary of its founding.

Now NASA is celebrating a more recent occasion – the 30th anniversary of Star Wars – by sending the original prop used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film aboard the space shuttle Discovery in October.

As the collectors website Collectspace.com reports, "the force will be with them."

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iPhone teen gets lucky

by Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Further to last week's news about the New Jersey teen who figured out a way to hack Apple's iPhone so that it works on wireless networks other than AT&T's - it looks like he has struck it rich, in a manner of speaking. Or did he?

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The Manhunt is back on

by Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

In its second kick at the can, Take Two Interactive has won a "Mature" rating for its Manhunt 2 video game. The game previously received an "Adults Only" tag from the U.S. Entertainment Software Ratings Board, which is essentially a kiss of death given that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo don't allow such titles on their respective consoles. Take Two went back to the drawing board and toned the game down enough to get the Mature rating, which means it will officially see the light of day on Halloween, when it is launched.

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Is stealing wi-fi really stealing?

by Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

The arrest of a man in London for "stealing" wi-fi signals raises some intriguing questions, some brought forth by the BBC. In a nutshell, the fellow got busted by police for connecting to somebody else's unsecured wi-fi network with his laptop.

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A farewell to arms

by Steve Morales, CBCNews.ca

Research shows that video game play can cause vision problems, carpal tunnel syndrome and even seizures. Japanese company Atlus Co. tried to offer a whole new paradigm in video game-related injuries but has now backed off with a relatively low casualty count.

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Supercomputer takes on Rubik's Cube

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The Rubik's Cube was never my bag growing up, but clearly, some people still remain devoted to solving the seemingly simple yet surprisingly complex puzzle game in as few moves as possible.

How many moves is that you ask? A pair of researchers at Northeastern University in Boston say they've come closer to the answer, proving that a Rubik's cube can solved in 26 moves or fewer.

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Speed of light broken? Yawn

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The breathless headline of the UK's Telegraph website seems to say it all: 'We have broken speed of light.'

The story, taken from an upcoming article in the New Scientist, describes the claim of two physicists - Gunter Nimtz and Alfons Stahlhofen - from the University of Koblenz, Germany, who say they had used a process called photon tunneling to make microwaves reach their destination "instantaneously."

As Nimtz told the New Scientist: "For the time being, this is the only violation [of special relativity] that I know of."

Then again, maybe not.

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Ontario invests in bio-hybrid chemical industry

by Steve Morales, CBCNews.ca

The Ontario government's $10-million investment in a Bioindustrial Innovation Center in Sarnia-Lambton will hopefully improve the province's environmental record.

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Australian rescued after falling for internet scam

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

One would hope we in the media had published enough information on the dangers of stock spam and West African chain letters to make web surfers a tad skeptical when faced with a can't-lose proposition.

Then along comes Australian farmer Des Gregor.

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Big bugs idea has no legs

by Dan Westell, CBCNews.ca

More bad news for sci-fi fans. U.S. researchers have come up with additional science that squishes the idea of giant bugs.

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Ad billing system to tap into GPS

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Geek bloggers Slashdot have an interesting tidbit on Seattle-based Pelago Inc., a company that has applied for a patent to link mobile advertising sales to whether or not customers actually physically visit nearby stores.

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So much spam, so few scams

by Dan Westell, CBCNews.ca

Four California computer scientists have taken the classic advice to investigative reporters - follow the money - in the ongoing fight against spam. So they did, and think they may have nailed a way to go after spammers.

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Apple chops prices with metal iMacs

by Dan Westell, CBCNews.ca

Apple has cut the prices on its new, glossy iMacs, and it looks like the price drop was bigger in Canada than the U.S.

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Software still searching for the punchline

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but two University of Cincinnati professors say they have created a prototype of software that can understand basic jokes.

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The Moon is ready for its closeup

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Attention conspiracy theorists: 38 years after astronauts first walked on the moon, NASA and Arizona State University have begun a project to make the complete lunar photographic record from the Apollo project accessible on the internet.

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