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THE LIGHTER SIDE OF MICROSOFT As if Bill Gates doesn't have enough problems, now comes the second edition of "The Totally Unauthorized Microsoft Joke Book" (IT Press).
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Steven Curtis Chapman's acting debut

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman branches out into acting this weekend, as a man who is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease on the PAX TV drama series "D
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Scientists study black holes made in lab

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Lab-created "dumb holes" -- the acoustic, or sound wave analogs of black holes -- may provide important experimental evidence for quantum gravity, a theory that

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STATLER BROTHERS TO CALL IT QUITS
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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2002 with 357 to follow.
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Analysis: After terror, attitudes change

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Three months to the day after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, it's become a truism that everything in politics has changed. But the full extent of the transform
STEVE SAILER, National Correspondent
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President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Stephen Hawking, at the White House in Washington on August 12, 2009. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, whose scientific books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years, taking up the post in 1979 and retiring on 1 October 2009. He is also a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and a Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. He is known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes. He has also achieved success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; these include the runaway best seller A Brief History of Time, which stayed on the British Sunday Times bestsellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

Hawking's key scientific works to date have included providing, with Roger Penrose, theorems regarding gravitational singularities in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation, which is today known as Hawking radiation (or sometimes as Bekenstein–Hawking radiation).

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