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Charlie Martin writes on science, health, culture and technology for PJ Media. Follow his 13 week diet and exercise experiment on Facebook and at PJ Lifestyle
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Worlds Enough to Conquer

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

The indomitable spirit of exploration goes hand in hand with risk taking.

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Google Chrome: A Microsoft and Intel Killer?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

The upcoming free, lightweight, netbook-based operating system spells trouble for the weighty dinosaurs of Silicon Valley.

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What Happens to ‘Fly-by-Wire’ When Someone Pulls the Plug?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

Can a computer-driven aircraft control system be made as reliable as a man operated plane?

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Why Google?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

They started with a good idea and learned to make money from it.

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A New Kind of Search?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

The Wolfram/Alpha search may not be a "Google killer," but it's pretty cool in a nerdy sort of way.

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Profiting From the Swine Flu Panic

Monday, April 27th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

Don't forget: with the Internet and a 24-hour news cycle, nobody makes money by keeping us calm.

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One Way or the Other, Uncle Sam Will Bail Out Mortgages

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

Everyone predicts imminent catastrophe if his plan for the mortgage crisis isn’t followed. Here's the sorry truth.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

What lies behind the furor surrounding Facebook's ever-changing terms of service.

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When a Zero Tolerance Policy Makes Zero Sense

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

A Colorado high school student is suspended for keeping her drill team's "dangerous" fake wooden parade rifles in her car.

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Did We Really Waste $78 Billion on TARP?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

Were taxpayers stiffed by the Troubled Asset Relief Program? Even if they were, that may not be what's important right now.

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In Politics Today, It’s All About the Narrative

Saturday, February 7th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

If you control the narrative, you don’t just control what gets reported. You control what people see and hear.

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My Own Private Cloud

Thursday, February 5th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

The pluses and minuses of Google's new "Cloud" web storage application.

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Technical Hooey from the White House

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

New staffers claimed to find the place in the "technological dark ages" and pledged a more "open" website. Here's the reality.

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Password Security Myths and Realities

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

Following suggestions in the dreaded "Password Memo" actually increases the likelihood of getting hacked.

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Is There Really Life on Mars?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

We can answer that question with a conclusive "maybe."

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Is Steve Jobs Indispensable?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

How can you replace a visionary who made — and remade — his company? (Also read Rich Kaarlgard: Jobs the Obsessed Genius)

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Apocalypse Not: Report of Defense Department Disaster Plan Overblown

Monday, January 12th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

The media love predictions of turmoil, but is the Army really preparing for economic collapse?

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Digital Changeover Forecast: Slight Chance of ‘Snow’

Friday, January 9th, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

The switch to digital broadcasting on TV will have to wait while government gets its act together.

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How to Prevent a Digital 9/11

Friday, December 19th, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

Washington and software companies must work in tandem to defend America against a devastating cyberattack.

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Obama’s Inevitable Crackberry Withdrawal

Monday, November 17th, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

Painful as it may be, Obama's going to have to kick this habit along with his cigarettes.

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Michael Crichton: A Devout and Honest Skeptic

Sunday, November 9th, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

His powerful writing will live on after his death — and make us think about issues like global warming.

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Twittering to Terrorists

Friday, October 31st, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

The new fun, cool technology can help savvy jihadists track and kill American soldiers.

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Making Sense of Our Financial Mess

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

At last: a (somewhat) simple explanation of what caused the credit meltdown and where we go from here.

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Dissecting the Palin Rumor Mill

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

How rumors about the vice-presidential candidate spread so quickly.

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Manufacturing on Demand: The Future Is Now

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 - by Charlie Martin

"Rapid prototyping" will revolutionize design and fabrication just as Napster changed how we listen to music.

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