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Paper Company Tells Kids to Use More Paper, Ignore the Whole Deforestation Thing

What's the number one problem plaguing today's youth? Drugs? Please. Sexting? Psh. Justin Bieber? Close, but no. It's paper, you guys. In today's e-mail and SMS-dominated age, kids have simply lost touch with the core American values of good penmanship and environmental recklessness. And that's why the altruists at the Domtar paper company have taken it upon themselves to launch a new awareness...

Ebert/Santiago Battle Continues, Concept Feedback Provides Impartial Critiques

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Devoted readers will recall that we responded to Roger Ebert's rebuttal to game designer Kellee Santiago's assertion that video games are art. Well, now Santiago has...

Finland Postal Workers Will Open, Scan and Send Digital Copies of Mail

A new experiment being conducted by Finland's postal service could raise privacy questions. According to the Telegraph, the European nation will begin a trial next week in which residents can volunteer to have their physical mail opened, scanned, and sent to them digitally by a postal worker. If you sign up, you'll receive an e-mail or text message notifying you that your mail has been sent to a...

Paper 'Chips' Could Provide Cheap Diagnosis of HIV and Hepatitis

In developing nations, many treatable diseases kill thousands because there's no cheap and accessible way for diagnosis. But a Harvard professor may have discovered an affordable way for people to diagnose a disease from their homes. According to CNN, Harvard chemistry professor George Whitesides created a "paper chip" prototype, barely bigger than your fingerprint, that would cost pennies to...

Pricey 'White Goat' Recycles Office Paper Into Rolls of Toilet Tissue

If your office is searching for a new way to go "green," we might have found just the (bizarre) solution. Don't let the name throw you. The White Goat recycles all that excess office paper into rolls of beautiful, white TP. According to DVICE, just dump in the shredded equivalent of 40 sheets of paper, add some water, and, 30 minutes later, you'll have a roll of toilet paper. (Check out a...

Taxpayers Buy Kindles for Cincinnati Mayor and Council Members

Despite the opportunity to save a truckload of money, some Cincinnati City Council members aren't too thrilled about their paper documents going digital. According to Cincinnati.com, the city will provide its mayor and city council with Kindle DXs, with which they will view and read government-related documents. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, who came up with the plan, says it isn't a ploy to get a...

Paper Batteries Might Be the Next Big Power Craze

Forget paper tigers, dolls, and trails, the next breakthrough in the pulpy stuff involves a battery. Researchers from Stanford University have possibly saved the stuff of stationary from falling into total obsolescence, transforming our first medium of mass communication into the stuff that powers media devices themselves. By coating standard copy paper with an ink made from carbon nanotubes...

Has E-mail Made the Thank You Note Obsolete?

In the age of texting, Twittering, e-mailing, and Simul-Tubing, the art of the hand-written message has suffered. Jen Burke Anderson of the San Francisco Chronicle finds herself wondering, is sending handwritten thank you notes passe in the digital age? It's been common practice for a long, long time to send handwritten thank you notes to your wedding guests, to friends who let you crash on their...

BERTI the Robot Plays Rock, Paper, Scissors

BERTI (built by a partnership of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Elutmotion Ltd.) is a fully automated robotic torso designed to perform "credible conversational gestures." The robot is capable of quite complex hand movements, and, in the demonstration video above, plays a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with a fine gentleman wearing a Goldfinger t-shirt, becoming another addition to the...

Paper Airline Tickets to be Retired in June '08

Electronic ticketing lets you view, change, and process your reservation at kiosks, online, or over the phone -- all without having to worry about losing the ticket. However, 16% of travelers still insist on receiving mailed paper tickets ahead of time, forgoing e-tickets for the security of good 'ol paper. Bad news for that later group: paper tickets are set to be retired by June 1 of 2008,...