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Business & Technology

New technology could make your cell phone battery last twice as long

a company called Eta Devices, which spun out of MIT, has figured out how to make your phone's power amplifier much more efficient.

The most first-worldy complaints about superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy has brought on some serious #firstworldproblems for Wall Street traders and CEOs in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

Baby walrus perfectly safe after superstorm

He was at an aquarium in Coney Island, not exactly best place to weather the storm. The entire place was underwater, and not in the way aquariums usually are.


Sad Stuff on the Street reveals that your city is actually an existential film

This Tumblr collects melancholy tableaux from the sidewalks and gutters of cities across the world.

Woman wants memorial for fish that died in a traffic accident

An Orange County woman wants there to be a memorial for some fish that got in a car accident. Yes, she's a member of PETA, why do you ask?


This pumpkin is also a working Tetris game

Here's an all-natural (OK, 90 percent natural) video game that runs on AA batteries -- and, in an emergency, you can eat it when you're done.

A boat on the train tracks, and other transportation effects from Sandy

Some pictures of Sandy's impact on the region's transportation, plus resources for finding out when you'll be able to use buses and trains again.

Your car might be made out of recycled beans, pants, and money

Garbage is bad. Oil spills are bad. But when you can use them to make cars, they become kinda useful.

Oysters could have helped save New York from Sandy

They're basically the coral reefs of the Northeast.