LA Times confirms that we’re living in the future (and other stuff you missed)

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A portion of what the LA Times envisioned Los Angeles to be like in 2013. Be sure to check out the full story for more renderings.

Happy Pi Day, geeks! Have you read our history of the famous mathematical constant yet? If not, go check it out...and maybe eat some pie while reading it. Once you're done, come back over to GeekBytes and read about some of today’s stories that you might have missed out on.

25-year-old article predicts many of our technological advancements [Los Angeles Times]

Do you remember those cartoons of the families of the future? Everything in their homes was automated, their cars flew, and occasionally their children went to a school located countless miles above the Earth. Although the world of The Jetsons might not be our reality, one Los Angeles Times article from 1988 predicted many of the technological advances that we now consider commonplace. Check out the article to see what came true...and what didn’t.

Scientists are closer than ever to confirming the Higgs boson [CERN]

The mysterious elementary particle that has eluded scientists for decades, the Higgs boson, might indeed be what CERN found during tests with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) back in July.2012. Scientists at CERN announced the discovery of the particle last year, but have been hard at work since then, working to ensure that the data is sound and that the particle they discovered was indeed the Higgs boson.

After analyzing “two and a half times more data” than was available in July, scientists are more certain than ever that definite confirmation of the Higgs boson is incoming. Hopefully it won’t take another 9 months. [via Gizmodo]

Redbox Instant to take Netflix head-on [GigaOM]

After a private beta release, Redbox Instant is finally available to the public. Although it does not offer TV shows, subscribers will have access to “4,600 subscription titles and four Redbox DVD rentals for $8 a month,” as well as the ability to “digitally rent or buy around 4,000 movies for a fee.” If any physical movie distribution service has as much presence as Netflix, it’s Redbox. We’ll be keeping tabs to see how the service fares.

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