Proposed Online Sales Tax
Internet shoppers could soon spend a little more on their purchases. That's if a proposed bill passes.
The Senate already voted 74 to 20 to begin debating the bill, and if support for the bill like that continues, the bill could pass as early as this week.
Basically, the bill would require companies with sales of more than $1 million to collect taxes for online purchases. The taxes would be sent to the states where shoppers live. Under the current law, states can only require stores to collect taxes if they have a physical store in the state.
A study from 2009 predicted this would generate between $12 and $23 billion in tax revenue, but major online retailers, such as Ebay, do not support it.
You can read the full story here: Senate Bill Jeopardizes Tax-Free Online Shopping
Bill Gates Handshake Controversy
Recently, a picture of Bill Gates and South Korea President Park Geun-hye stirred up controversy in Korean media.
Gates is criticized for being too informal with the South Korean president with his hand in his pocket during the handshake.
Human Colonies on Mars
Leaders of Mars One are looking for potential volunteers to establish a human colony on the red planet.
The trip is scheduled for 2023, with new missions to Mars every two years after. Return trips are not possible though due to the lack of technology.
Interested applicants can apply on the Mars One website.
Robot Makes Big Archaeological Discovery
A tiny robot in Mexico made some breakthrough discoveries this week. It found three ancient chambers underneath the famous Temple of Quetzalcoatl near the Pyramid of the Sun. Researchers hope to find a tomb where it's believed ancient Aztec rulers are buried.
You can look at the robot and its discoveries here: Robot discovers three unexplored passages in 2,000-year-old tunnel