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Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Not your rainy afternoon trip to the science museum
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U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
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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.
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?
New designs and materials will make future skyscrapers sturdier, safer, and smarter.
The first handheld radiation detector