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About Brett Smith

Brett Smith is a freelance journalist from Buffalo, NY. When not writing about science, medicine or other newsworthy topics, he enjoys Upstate New York by camping and hiking in the summers and snowboarding in the winters. Like most Buffalonians, he eats chicken wings year round.

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The Problems With Buying Drugs Online

Mar 11, 14 The Problems With Buying Drugs Online

Posted by in Health, Technology

When the Silk Road online marketplace opened up, it appeared that drug users might have a convenient, anonymous way to get their fix – but as with most things drug-related, the reality wasn’t so simple and easy.

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Will Google Fiber Bring Relief To Time Warner Cable Sufferers?

Mar 03, 14 Will Google Fiber Bring Relief To Time Warner Cable Sufferers?

Posted by in Technology

While Time Warner Cable customers warily track the potential Time Warner-Comcast merger (another rate hike?), Google is not-so-quietly launching its own telecom network – sort of. Recently, Google announced that it was looking it expand its fledgling “Fiber” network.

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Google Pushing Back Against Distracted Driver Laws

Feb 27, 14 Google Pushing Back Against Distracted Driver Laws

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

Flexing its lobbying muscles, Google is pushing back against distracted driver laws and legislation in Illinois, Delaware and Missouri – a push that has been seen as an attempt to prevent the restriction of Google Glass behind the wheel. It looks like Google has a lot of work to do.

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Survival Story Under Scrutiny

Feb 06, 14 Survival Story Under Scrutiny

Posted by in Lifestyle

A man going by the name of Jose Salvador Alvarenga was plucked off a tiny atoll near the Marshall Islands. Alvarenga was lost at sea, surviving on a diet of sea turtles, fish, rainwater and his own urine, all while dreaming about his favorite food: tortillas… or so he would have us believe.

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Google And Nest: Home Invasion Or Parlor Tricks?

Jan 15, 14 Google And Nest: Home Invasion Or Parlor Tricks?

Posted by in Google This, Technology

Much ado has been made over privacy concerns related to Google’s recent acquisition of Nest, a company that makes smart thermostats, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. However, it’s difficult to see how Google knowing your preferred thermostat setting amounts to a virtual home invasion.

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Google Gets Wall Street Thinking About Robots

Dec 23, 13 Google Gets Wall Street Thinking About Robots

Posted by in Technology

Last week, Google confirmed its acquisition of the robotics company Boston Dynamics and faster than you could say “Skynet!” – everyone from cable news to late-night comedians were half-mockingly proclaiming the Internet search company to be the engineers of our future dystopia hell-scape.

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Tolkien And Science: Strange Bedfellows

Dec 18, 13 Tolkien And Science: Strange Bedfellows

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Science

The recent release of a climate map of Middle Earth had me wondering; have there been any other scientific projects inspired by the epic novels of J.R.R. Tolkien? Ironically, Tolkien writings convey a subtle distrust of things scientific and mechanical. Even today, Tolkien and science appear to make strange bedfellows.

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An Oddity In Public Life: Is Google Glass Losing The Geeks?

Dec 02, 13 An Oddity In Public Life: Is Google Glass Losing The Geeks?

Posted by in Technology

While Google Glass might be the penultimate nerd status symbol these days, Google is making moves to try and weave the novel tech device into the fabric of everyday life. The search giant revealed last week that it was in talks with VSP Global, a national eye-care insurer that also makes eyeglass lenses and frames.

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Forgoing Permission, Google Asks for Forgiveness (Not Really)

Nov 22, 13 Forgoing Permission, Google Asks for Forgiveness (Not Really)

Posted by in Google This, Technology

On Monday, Google agreed to a settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over privacy violations worth $17 million. The dispute was regarding Google’s circumvention of a part of Apple’s Safari browser that allowed the search giant to track users’ Internet activity in an effort to show them targeted advertisements in 2011 and 2012.

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Road Safety Tips: A Few Basics For The End Of Summer

Aug 17, 13 Road Safety Tips: A Few Basics For The End Of Summer

Posted by in Automotive

Although the nights may be getting longer and colder, there is still a lot of driving to be done before winter hits North America. Keeping your car maintained and staying in a defensive driving mindset are just a couple road safety tips for the end of summer and start of fall.

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