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    Read this and you'll look smart. You don't have to be intelligent to impress people -- you just have to fake it. Here's a daily list of fascinating articles that will wow your friends, surprise your co-workers and make you seem sharp at a cocktail party or over the lunch counter....

    • Lever voting machines used to dominate polling places in the U.S. through the late 80s but now only New York uses them. So which machine design -- touch screen, optical scanners, etc -- is most fraud-proof? Voting machines deconstructed here.  
    • Cultural epicenter it is not. Try as it might, the city of Naples has been unsuccessful in its attempts to transcend its problems,   continually dogged by rampant crime and festering garbage.
    • Video games are helping boost music sales by providing bands exposure. Bands whose songs are on "Guitar Hero III" have seen online sales increase three-fold.
    • Now, we can all breathe easy. Researchers have created a robotic plant that can re-oxygenate the Earth in the event global warming kills off all plant life.
    • One of the hottest Silicon Valley start-ups has been hit by the economic crisis and, in addition to lay-offs, Tesla Motors will be forced to put off production of its electric sedan.
    • TV Guide is so unprofitable that it sold for $1. The cover price, by the way, is $2.99.