Inside stuff: A hidden feature launches the M3, but faster in Europe.
By Dan CarneyPosted 10.04.2002 at 1:47 pm 0 Comments
There's a cheat code in the software running the BMW M3's sequential manual gearbox (SMG): Press the right buttons in the right order and the car will launch you from a stop after revving the engine to 5,000 rpm. But don't look for a how-to in the owners' manual—this feature is undocumented, an inside joke of sorts.
It looks like an ordinary 737, but it sure doesn't fly like one.
By Trevor ThiemePosted 10.03.2002 at 1:35 pm 0 Comments
Glance toward the sky over Washington's Puget Sound and you might catch a glimpse of the world's most advanced commercial airplane, the Boeing Technology Demonstrator. The avionics in this one-of-a-kind 737-900 promise to reduce noise pollution, increase airspace capacity, and improve the pilot's ability to keep passengers safe. Here's a peek at the aircraft's high-tech flight deck.
Old tech & new materials intricately combined for insane speed: the ingenuity of the top fuel dragster.
By Ted WestPosted 10.02.2002 at 2:44 pm 0 Comments
The violence of the launch was astonishing. Vibration short-circuited my senses, and the acceleration clouted my helmet back against the car's roll cage. For 200 feet, I couldn't tell where I was. I'm not used to feeling fear while in a carI've cornered 185-mph Ferraris at top speedbut this dragster scared me. After a couple of runs, they told me, I'd get used to it: The car would go straight for 200 feet until I could see.
Communications: Wall paneling that renders cellphones useless
By Sora SongPosted 10.01.2002 at 2:10 pm 0 Comments
Nothing spoils the mood of a romantic dinner date like a jangling cellphone at the next table. But cellphone-proof restaurants could be on the way, courtesy of a team of engineers led by Hideo Oka of Japan's Iwate University.
New databases and digital techniques are broadening the kinds of evidence available to the crime scene investigator.
By Larry StevensPosted 09.30.2002 at 12:05 pm 0 Comments
WHAT THE INSECTS SAY
Arthropods are often the first to encounter a corpse, so maggots are prized by forensic scientists for the valuable clues they offer. As a carcass decays, it attracts various insect species. Typically the blow flies arrive first, within minutes. Other insects prefer to wait and feast on the body's protein as it ferments. By observing which species are present and what stage of development they have attainedegg, larva, pupa, or adultand comparing that information to local weather data, entomologists can estimate the time of death.
Lives often hang on Palenik's precise identification of a fiber or fleck of metal. In his workday, there's no room for error.
By Gordon GricePosted 09.27.2002 at 7:13 pm 0 Comments
THE CASE OF THE WELDER'S DUST
The Evidence: In 1991, an 11-year-old girl was raped and murdered near Glennallen, Alaska. On her freshly laundered clothes investigators found flakes of glossy paint, tiny metal spheres and flakes, and red and blue polypropylene fibers. Charles Smithart, a local resident, had been spotted near the murder site, and the unusual interest he took in the case aroused suspicions, but investigators lacked evidence that directly linked him to the crime.
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
By Gordon GricePosted 09.27.2002 at 5:31 pm 0 Comments
The small, half-decomposed body came in for autopsy swathed in champagne-colored sheets, the way it had been found in a mound of leaves. Two sheets were wrapped more or less evenly around the body. A third, the innermost, was bunched around the woman's head, which had been shattered with repeated blows from a blunt object-perhaps a baseball bat. Within this gruesome bundle was a potential clue: a 3-inch-long tuft of red carpet yarn, along with stray orange and pink fibers.
Hepatitis literally means "swollen liver." Hepatitis C (HCV) is one of five (A, B, C, D, and E) viruses that cause the condition, which can also result from non-viral causes such as alcoholism. HCV attacks the liver, the organ that detoxifies drugs, alcohol, and environmental poisons, disposes of worn-out blood cells, and aids in digestion.