What would Apple's future be without Steve Jobs?

Apple Inc. has pulled off a string of runaway hits from the iPhone to the iPad that revolutionized every industry it touched. It has become the world's second-most-valuable company, worth more than $300 billion.

US scrambles to dig out of a rare earths hole

In the Mojave Desert just off Interstate 15 on the way to Las Vegas, workers are digging for dirt that may be worth far more than a casino full of chips.

Tracking disease from outer space

Satellite images are great for creating maps, finding bad guys, and, it turns out, predicting when deadly illnesses may break out.

Space shuttle Discovery launches on final voyage (Update)

Discovery, the world's most traveled spaceship, thundered into orbit for the final time Thursday, heading toward the International Space Station on a journey that marks the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.

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