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Monkey see ... better, thanks to artificial lenses

Associated Press

Doctors in Utah have performed eye surgery on Eli, a 10-year-old monkey. He can't follow an eye chart, of course, but Eli's caretakers believe he can see better for the first time in years.

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Old Bailey records now online

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The transcripts from the gross indecency trial of Oscar Wilde and the murder trial of notorious wife-killer Hawley Harvey Crippin were among those from London's Old Bailey court that were published online for the first time on Tuesday.

Up to 110,00 pages of transcripts from trials held at the court from 1674 to 1913 were added to Old Bailey Proceedings Online, a free website that now offers access to records from more than 210,000 trials.

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The hitchiker's guide to the Berlin Wall

Associated Press

It can be hard to find what remains of the Berlin Wall, a divisive landmark that for 28 years split the German capital and an entire generation, but history buffs wanting to see the last vestiges of the iconic symbol of east versus west no longer have to consult old maps or seek out guidebooks. A new high-tech guide offers individualized walking tours connecting the key points where the 166-kilometre-long wall once stood.

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Wetsuit puts balding penguin back in the swim of things

Associated Press

Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences have come to the rescue of a balding African penguin, creating a wetsuit to help him get back in the water.

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Is Iron Man possible? Hardly

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

As May approaches, so too does the big summer blockbuster movie season. That means you can bank on a number of flicks based on comic books coming - this year we've got additional instalments in the Hulk and Batman franchises. And, of particular interest to we here in tech land, there is of course Iron Man.

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Grand Theft Madness

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

There's going to be a whole lot of madness going on Monday night, with Canada's two biggest electronics chains - Best Buy and Future Shop - throwing competing evening launch events in partnership with competing video game console makers for Grand Theft Auto IV, the most highly anticipated release so far this year.

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Marriage, divorce and technology

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

You have to hand it to New Jersey computer programmer Bernie Peng: he knows what his girlfriend likes.

In a move sure to make a thousand nerds curse "Why didn 't I think of that?" Peng reprogrammed Tammy Li's favourite video game "Bejeweled," so it would run on a Nintendo DS, and then made it so a ring and wedding proposal would show up on the screen when she reached a certain score.

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Space, the final frontier of superstition

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The head of the Russian space agency wants to rename the next mission to the International Space Station to avoid the number 13, according to the AFP news agency.

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Spark: Test driving the PS3's DualShock 3

By Nora Young, host of CBC radio's Spark

Gamers who use Sony's PS3 have been in a state of withdrawal since the gaming system came out. They've been deprived of the DualShock 3 controller for Playstation 3 since it shipped out last year. Well, the quivering controller is finally out! In this video column, Jesse Wente and Nora Young, host of CBC Radio's Spark, take the DualShock 3 for a test drive.

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Kiwi lessons on internet throttling?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

The current dispute between Bell Canada and smaller independent internet service providers over the throttling of internet speeds carries echoes of a similar struggle that happened in tiny New Zealand not so long ago over an arcane telecommunications issue known as "local loop unbundling." The very different directions the two countries have gone in are interesting to say the least.

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A Robot in every home

by Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

There's going to be an interesting battle of robots in the next year or so, and we're not talking about the Transformers. A number of manufacturers are going to be pushing more robots further into the home and will be fighting for consumer dollars, which means their products are going to get better and cheaper.

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iPhone trademark dispute drags on

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Yesterday I mentioned Scrabble is now an application on Facebook, though not for Canadian users. It got me thinking about that most famous of 'not in Canada' products, the iPhone.

A couple of weeks back a couple of blogs – Electronista and iPhoneworld – were atwitter over the latest updates at the Canadian Trademark Database of the ongoing dispute between Apple and Toronto VoIP company Comwave.

Unfortunately, the trademark database is not exactly built with consumers in mind, and so reads in a language that is mostly impenetrable. In other words, the trademark application status changes are easy to misinterpret.

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Online Scrabble comes to Facebook, but not to Canada

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

On Monday RealNetworks launched an online version of Scrabble on Facebook, putting it in direct competition with the wildly popular Scrabulous, the developer-created game that has landed in legal hot water for its striking similarities to Scrabble.

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Protecting against cyberwarfare, one email at a time

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Earlier this week in London, military strategists and computer security experts got together to talk about a different kind of warfare: the threat posed by botnets, not bombs.

And coming out of the Cyber Warfare Conference, officials from the U.S. appear to be talking tough about avoiding the fate of Estonia in May 2007, which had its internet infrastructure forced offline for days after an attack by a network of software robots running on corrupted computers.

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Google attacks! Latest prank talks up mission to Mars

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

When it comes to April Fool's Day jokes, Google remains to king, or rather, the court jester. Today the company's elaborate prank was the announcement of an invitation to establish a human colony on Mars, a souped-up version of their real Google Lunar X Prize.

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