The Implications of a Facebook Society

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FloatsomNJetsom writes “The site Switched.com is taking a look at the slow death of privacy at the hands of social media sites such as Facebook and MySpace with a link to a report on the creepy practice of Facebook employees monitoring what pages you look at and a thought-provoking video interview with social media expert Clay Shirky — who says that social networks are profoundly changing our ability to keep our private lives private. ‘Eventually, Shirky theorizes, society will have to create a…

NASA Performs Zero-G Robot Surgery for Mars, Iraq

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An anonymous reader writes “With rapid-response surgery needed in Iraq and super-long-distance medicine a far-off necessity for a manned trip to Mars, NASA recently sent eight astronauts, roboticists and surgeons on its ‘Vomit Comet,’ pitting real doctors against new robotic ones. As if the prospect of a portable robo-OR deploying to Iraq by 2009 weren’t enticing enough, one of the surgeons on board promised this in his flight blog: ‘So far, surgery by hand is still the most efficient way to…