"My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends," wrote Christopher Hitchens in June before his death Friday from complications of esophageal cancer at the age of 62.
On November 24, 1859, the first edition of a book that would shake the most deeply established beliefs about life was published in London. What would eventually be known as "The Origin of Species" was the opening shot in a debate that hasn't ended, even 150 years later.
Catherine Cook, the 17-year-old co-founder of MyYearbook.com, explained why her service has become the third largest social network in the United States. Vint Cerf, the 64-year-old Internet evangelist from Google, conveyed his enormous optimism about continued prospects for the Internet, for which he co-developed the basic software underpinnings between 1974 and 1982. Tech pundit and investor Esther Dyson explained why she was putting her full medical and genetic records online. And John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, arguably the most successful large technology company, predicted that Net innovation would cause U.S. GDP growth to rise as much as a 5 percent annually, significantly higher than the current level of around 3 percent.
(Time.com) -- It's a debate that long predates Darwin, but the anti-religion position is being promoted with increasing insistence by scientists angered by intelligent design and excited, perhaps intoxicated, by their disciplines' increasing ability to map, quantify and change the nature of human experience.
(CNN) -- As we enter the new millennium, many of us find our homes filled with machines that fulfil our every desire. In a matter of hours we can fly just about anywhere and, with the Internet, we can access the sum total of human knowledge.