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When in vitro fertilization was developed in the 1970s, critics of the technique imagined a world a la Aldous Huxley, filled with assembly-line designer babies. It didn't turn out like that. Instead, the procedure simply gave infertile couples another route to start a family. But it also created a problem that critics never imagined.

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Every so often, Wikipedia — the great internet resource that everyone uses — starts asking people for donations. This year a gigantic morning pee-colored banner pops up asking for a few bucks so the lights can stay on and we can all get free information. It's a great cause! Can you imagine the internet without Wikipedia? But have any of you guys ever donated?

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One of the easiest things to do to help people in times of disaster is to give donations by texting. This system worked really well for Haiti, people gave over 25 million dollars and the carriers handed off the money to Haiti immediately. But for Japan, the money might not get there until three months later. Why?

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Bill Gates has only made one presidential-candidate campaign donation this season, and it was to Barack Obama. Meanwhile, although Steve Jobs' wife Laurene has given nice sums to each of the three leading Democratic candidates, Barack appears to be the apple of her eye, if you calculate that in terms of dollars. Steve himself is not in the registry. What's more, neither billionaire tech household donated a (traceable) penny to any of the Republicans currently running for office.