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The Next Phage
How to heal an infection that defies antibiotics? Another infection. Doctors in Eastern Europe have used lab-grown viruses to safely cure millions of wounds. So why can't we do the...
The Most Advanced Mixing Board
Hollywood sound engineers refine and combine hundreds of individual recordings on advanced mixing boards. Here’s a close look at their tool of choice
The Thinnest, Most Colorful TV Yet
A seven-layer screen—-as thin as a credit card—-will be better-looking and more efficient than LCD and plasma
NASA’s Escape Pod
The astronauts’ variation on the ejection seat sends them hurtling a mile away from danger in a matter of seconds
Inside an Inkjet Photo Printer
Every time you hit "print," this $100 inkjet lays down thousands of droplets per inch of paper, with microscopic precision
The Tallest Mobile Crane
This portable crane can hoist millions of pounds all day long, then drive home like any other 18-wheeler
The Army’s New Black Hawk
A workhorse chopper gets a 21st-century overhaul
Who Protects The Internet?
Pull up the wrong undersea cable, and the Internet goes dark in Berlin or Dubai. See our animated infographics of how the web works!