December 6th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

To Infinity and Beyond...

Something about space always sparks my imagination.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in Space City USA.  (That’s Houston, Texas, home of the Johnson Space Center… no matter what anyone from Cape Canaveral says.)

The idea of taking a trip to the outer limits of the atmosphere is thrilling.  But I’m starting to get a little impatient.  Spaceport America is still a ways from completion.  Its main occupant will be Virgin Galactic.  Tickets for just a few minutes in suborbit are going for $200,000!

I certainly don’t have that kind of cash lying around.  The Spaceport points out that the price of plane tickets have fallen in real terms over the decades.  But using its example of a 1950 Pan Am flight, that space jaunt would cost the equivalent of $21,000 by 2070.

Maybe I’ll be able to afford a jetpack?

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December 6th, 2010
02:59 PM ET

Wikileaks takes aim at China

Cables obtained by Wikileaks reveal anxiety among officials in Beijing about Google and its citizens accessing uncensored content online... two months before Google's servers were "virally infected" in July 2009, prompting the search giant to exit mainland China.

On the Wikileaks website, there are a series of wallpaper images to download including a snapshot of the Great Wall of China.

The tagline reads: "Big Brother is watching. So are we."

And scrawled on the Wall? "Wikileaks" as a graffiti tag.