It's an ultrafast killing machine with bleeding-edge aerodynamics. Not a pet.
By Stephan WilkinsonPosted 08.15.2002 at 12:08 pm 0 Comments
I built and for nine years flew an airplane called a Falco, which is Italian for hawk. But it wasn't until May that I flew a real hawk-a cold-eyed, scimitar-beaked, red-brown Harris's hawk that perched on my gloved left hand, flapped off into the Vermont air, dove at mice and voles like an F/A-18 with bin Laden in the crosshairs, and eventually returned softly to my hand. OK, it didn't return to my hand, it returned to the small cube of raw beef placed between my thumb and forefinger.
MasterCraft's prototype X-Trek is the most radical ski boat we've seen, from a left-side steering wheel to a rear-facing spotter seat. The helm layout, with a claw-like equipment tower as the centerpiece, means a clear line of sight for the driver, centered weight distribution for those behind the boat, and more interior space. Add a 2-foot platform in back (making it a cinch to gear up) and you have a vision of the future. There are no plans for production, but we suspect the concept's features will be pilfered for next-gen MasterCraft boats.
Hoping to recapture those 2 to 4 seconds it takes to refocus on the road after a rider glances at the dash, the prototype Blue Eye helmet from DesignWorks/ USA and BMW features the world's first motorcycle head-up display. The 320- by 240-pixel color LCD is positioned 2 inches from your eye, close enough so it's out of focus. But the info on the display is focused at infinity, so it remains clear as you look down the road. No production plans yet.
Soccer may be our most popular European import since the Beatles. The sport is now played by some 4 million American youths, most of whose parents view it as a safe alternative to football. Soccer is relatively safe, but it is not without health risks, and Belgian researchers have discovered a new one: bowlegs.
We didn't lose to Marshall Faulk. We were losing, sure, but the final gun never sounded. Our man, Assistant Editor Michael Moyer, called a punt instead of a two-point conversion after a TD with 10 seconds left in the 4th. The software, an alpha version of EA Sports' ultrarealistic Madden 2003 NFL Football, couldn't make heads or tails of the Ray Rhodes-like call, so it locked up. Game over. Faulk wins 21-16, but with an asterisk.
How safe can a citizen
expect to be in a post 9/11 city?
What technology can
a city use to
make its citizens safe?
By Merrell NodenPosted 08.08.2002 at 7:02 pm 0 Comments
My first brush with terrorism came in 1973, when I was 18 and living in London on what the English call a working holiday. It was a weird time to be a teenager at large in the United Kingdom. London was under siege from a relentless IRA bombing campaign. Bobbies patrolled the streets for explosives. Posters and public announcements in the underground told Londoners to report suspicious bags. Bombs seemed to be going off everywhere, in cars and pubs and shopping arcades and telephone kiosks.
September 11 was quickly followed by calls from some lawmakers and business leaders for a more robust national identification system: ID cards that possess sophisticated biometric data, making them harder to forge than today's driver's licenses. Privacy advocates are strongly opposed, arguing that such cards, while enabling the government to track individuals and access personal data, would do little to separate the innocent citizen from the walking security threat.
JAY DAVIS National Security Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
These guys didn't need to bring weapons to the
country; the weapons were in the country. They were
airplanes. I'm not much afraid of chemical weapons stolen from Russia;
I'm afraid of perfectly legal
that sit around in ton lots.
The thing I worry about
is the terrorist who enters
without his or her
tools and slowly builds them.
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Executive Director, Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science
9/11 fanned fears of more terror attacks by air. But our 95,000 miles of coast may be much more permeable. Here's the new defense strategy.
By David HelvargPosted 08.08.2002 at 12:33 pm 0 Comments
Scanning the slate-gray waters of San Francisco Bay on an overcast spring day I spot more eider ducks and gulls than barges or ships. We're patrolling past Alcatraz in a 41-foot Coast Guard utility boat that's almost as old as its blue-eyed 30-year-old coxswain, Chuck Ashmore. Ironically, this old workhorse, with its aging marine radio and soon-to-be-installed Vietnam-era .60-caliber machine gun, is on the cutting edge of a revolution in homeland-or, I should say, home water-security.