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We imagine that on May 16th, 1960, when the first laser was fired, no-one involved was particularly concerned with the invention's impact upon pop culture. After all, proving Albert Einstein's 1917 theory about amplifying light by the stimulated emission of radiation was probably seen as a bigger ...

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Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology. There's a dotted line between geekdom and Japan -- some of us call ourselves "otaku;" we follow Japanese technology companies; we look to Japanese culture as a beaco...

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We've seen Mario in the Matrix, Luigi as a Braveheart, and what we thought was everything in between. Well, hold up, 'cuz now we've seen everything: classic game icons have been mashed up with Star Wars. Super Console Wars: The Gamepire Strikes Gold is that hybrid that with good and evil ro...

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What do the PSP, the Terri Schiavo debate, the Lord of the Rings, and heavy product plugging have in common? Southpark, apparently. It seems that Matt Stone and Trey Parker deemed our shiny little handheld intrusive enough to dedicate an entire episode to it, and as always, it manages to be somew...

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