A small group of scientists have their heads in the hot clouds of the 2nd planet.
By Erik BaardPosted 01.10.2003 at 1:42 pm 0 Comments
If our solar system has a Hell, it's Venus. The air is choked with foul and corrosive sulfur, literally brimstone, heaved from ancient volcanoes and feeding battery-acid clouds above. Although the second planet is a step farther from the sun than Mercury, a runaway greenhouse effect makes it hotterindeed, it's the hottest of the nine planets, a toasty 900
The latest techâ€”multitasking and good-lookingâ€”for big spenders
and penny-pinchers alike.
By Steve MorgensternPosted 01.09.2003 at 12:10 pm 0 Comments
Working from home seems like a win-win idea, and then the distractions and duties of home life intrude. It doesn´t help if your office tech is bland of color, boring of form and limited in function. You need gear that´s a pleasure to own, use and look at. To that end, we´ve put together three hot home office setups, aiming them at budgets that range from thin to flush. As our frugal setup proves, you don´t need to spend large to get the latest technology. More money, of course, does buy more style, as the flashy setup at right shows.
In the race to build a so-called personal flying machine, few developers have got much past the tethered-hop stage, with promises of one in every garage sometime soon. Generations of hopeful flyers have died waiting. But Israel's Urban Aeronautics at least addresses a key point: A machine like the X-Hawk concept shown here (which the company recently released, saying it's the design they'll build) has less chance of serving your average frustrated commuter's needs than of playing a utility role in commercial and government transport. Projected uses include urban rescue, repair and patrol.
A poor economy and a stagnant industry conspired to make last November´s Comdex, the largest U.S.-based computer trade show, a shadow of its former self. But even in this repressive environment, and with Las Vegas as the backdrop, sparks of innovation flew. They just weren´t sparks of computer innovation, at least not in the traditional sense. Here are our picks for best in show.
The $299 Fossil Wrist PDA (left, top), a full Palm OS PDA watch.
A researcher is building a tool that will help police locate a body earlier -- and possibly tell when the victim died.
By Jessica Snyder SachsPosted 01.07.2003 at 1:19 pm 0 Comments
Right behind employee parking for the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, a line of bushes all but hides a gray privacy fence. More than 7 feet tall and topped with razor wire, the fence?s wooden slats shield the public from the world?s only human decay research station, which readers of this magazine have glimpsed more than once.
So morbid-seeming are the experiments that unfold here that Patricia Cornwell, the doyenne of gruesome murder mysteries, once said of her visit, ?Every cell in my body cried out against the place.?
A French former paratrooper with no family ties, Michel Fournier almost made Le Grand Saut. Then he balked.
By Bruce GriersonPosted 01.06.2003 at 4:40 pm 0 Comments
In the middle of the plate-flat Canadian prairie, not far from where writer Raymond Carver hunted geese, a flurry of activity broke out last September around a small, rural airfield. Here was ground zero for French skydiver Michel Fournier's audacious attempt to ride the pressurized gondola of a helium balloon to 130,000 feet-the cusp of space, the highest anyone has ever gone without a rocket-and topple out earthward. Diving into a near-perfect vacuum he would, in 31 seconds, hit 670 mph and slam into the sound barrier, the first human being to do so with his body.
FROM A PORTABLE
Portable players aren't known as audiophile devices, but Sharp's MD-DS8 minidisc player (left, top) comes close, thanks to a 1-bit amplifier. The high-power amp requires very little juice, so the MD-DS8 gets an amazing 180 hours of playback. Sharp
It's coming this year, as terrestrial broadcasters embrace the potential of digital signals.
By Steve MorgensternPosted 12.31.2002 at 2:18 pm 0 Comments
The move to digital radio began in late 2001 with the launch of XM Radio's satellite service, and a half-million people now pay to hear XM and Sirius' stations. But 2003 marks the beginning of digital radio for the masses—your favorite local stations delivered to your car or home stereo digitally, and for free.