Issue: 20040601

Tuesday, June 1, 2004
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CHRYSLER: CHRYSLER 300C
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FROM THE EDITOR
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Bad Weather Bids For Boffo Box Office
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JUDGING FROM THE EARLY-CUT PREVIEW WE SAW A FEW MONTHS ago, Roland Emmerich's latest movie, The Day After Tomorrow, will be a hell of a ride—at least if you like to see favorite cities laid waste by tidal waves, plagues of giant hail and gangs of rampaging tornadoes (which we do, certainly).
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Canon: CANON i80
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CONTRIBUTORS
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What would happen if some cruel deity (say, oh, a PopSci editor) suddenly deprived you of all the technology introduced in the past 50 years? Writer LARRY SMITH (left) found out when he exchanged his cellphone, iPod, cable TV and Internet service for a rotary-dial phone, a Columbia phonograph, a black-and-white Zenith TV and a Royal typewriter (page 74).
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LETTERS
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To the Moon? Not Again!
Reassessing Radioactivity
Brother, We Weren't Fooling
_FROM THE BLOGS
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Brian J. Teegardin
I'm a generally spacey guy so I'm sorry to be such a stick-in-the-moon-dust, but why should NASA tear up half a dozen programs that could provide real scientific value to go to a place where we've already been [“Are We Really Going to the Moon Again?
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Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation: LEVITRA
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LEVITRA
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Advertisement: InstaTrak
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SHE'LL DRIVE YOU CRAZY
TOYOTA'S CONCEPT MTRC SERVES UP A PRETTY PICTURE OF AUTO SOFTWARE TECH.
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JOE BROWN
Want to take this baby out? You'll need a PlayStation 2. The only place you can drive Toyota's Motor Triothlon Race Car—a rig designed to handle a track, street circuit or rally course equally well—is in the forthcoming video game Gran Turismo 4.
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CELLPHONE CAMERAS
WANT TO BE A PAPARAZZO?
YOUR MOBILE GETS MORE MEGAPIXELS. YOU GET LEGIT PRINTS.
THE PHONES
NEXT UP: LIQUID ZOOM LENSES
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Last year, camera cellphones were something of a novelty. Their optical sensors captured VGA-quality stills at best (that's about half a megapixel), so the resulting shots were destined to live in the digital realm. This summer, 1-megapixel combos capable of producing album-worthy 3-by-5-inch prints hit stores.
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GAMING
DEVELOPERS EMBRACE THE PIECE PROCESS
A NEW APPROACH TO BUILDING GAMES CRANKS UP CREATIVITY.
DEVELOPMENT COST OF A HIT GAME*
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STEVE MORGENSTERN
If you're waiting for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 2 to spice up life on the couch, don't hold your breath. Console gamers won't be getting next-gen hardware anytime soon. This spring, both Sony and Microsoft told antsy fans that their focus for the foreseeable future will be on developing great software for their existing platforms.
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RadioShack: The Travel Power Adapter
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RadioShack
The Travel Power Adapter
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GAMING
THE NEW FORCES OF DOOM
CLEVER CODE AND SOUPED UP VIDEO CARDS GIVE THIS SUMMER'S BLOCKBUSTER A REAL EDGE.
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Doom 3
$55
STEVEN KENT
The theory of designing 3-D graphics has always been the more polygons the better. They're the building blocks that inform the structure of objects in games. But id Software's long-awaited Doom 3 ($55), which comes out next month, subscribes to a different theory.
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GAMING
MOBILES GET 3-D GRAPHICS
YOU WILL PLAY AND YOU WILL LIKE IT
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STEVE MORGENSTERN
Whether you want it or not, full-blown 3-D games with graphics to rival console versions are coming to your mobile phone. For some, they're already here: AT&T's mMode has offered boxing and bass fishing in 3-D since March (on Nokia's 3620, 3650 and 6820). This fall, inexpensive phones with such capabilities will flood the U.S. market.
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GAMING
POCKET ROCKET
HANDHELD GAMING FOR GROWN UPS.
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S.M.
Sony's forthcoming mobile-gaming platform, the PlayStation Portable, is no Game Boy wannabe. It's a sophisticated multimedia companion built for gaming, but also music, movies and photos. From the demonstrations we've seen, it might rival PlayStation 2 for power.
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Philips Oral Healthcare, Inc.: Oral-B
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RECREATION
GEEKS GONE WILD
ESSENTIALS? NOT EXACTLY. BUT THE OUTDOORS WOULDN'T BE HALF AS MUCH FUN WITHOUT THIS ROSTER OF DELUXE CAMPSITE GEAR.
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Some folks head to the hills for serenity, a chance to simplify. Or worse, to rough it. Not us. We view every rendezvous with Ma Nature, at least in part, as an opportunity to update our cache of outdoor tech. Herewith, everything the equipment hound might need to enjoy the woods this summer—on his own terms.
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STAY IN TOUCH
WIRELESS POWER AND CONNECTIVITY
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Siemens M65
The first ruggedized camera phone: resistant to shock, water and grit. Buy it overseas; use it here. Price not set; siemens.com
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Databahn Mobile T1 Satellite System
$4,000
Aim this dish at the southern sky, and it'll pull in Internet access, a TV signal and phone service anywhere in the lower 48. $4,000; thedatabahn.com
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Coleman Exponent Flex 5
$120
Soak up rays with this solar panel and juice most handheld devices in a few hours. $120; colemansolar.com
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HOME
GRASS GUZZLER
HATE MOWING? TRY IT FROM YOUR LAWN CHAIR—WITH A REMOTE.
ONE SMART CHOPPER
SPECS
DIVISION OF LABOR
THE KEY TO LEISURE
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EVATECH RCLM2004S
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JOE BROWN
Necessity? Bah. Laziness is the true mother of invention. Just ask Luis Medina, 36, an electrical engineer in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where the steamy summer days are ideal for growing grass, horrible for cutting it. Forced by his stringent neighborhood association to mow every week, Medina made a machine to ease his sweaty task: the Evatech RCLM2004S remote control lawnmower.
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What's New MUST-SEE TECHNOLOGY
THE GOODS
20 SERIOUSLY HOT PRODUCTS THAT (ALMOST) SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
The Perfect Roommate
No Patience? No Problem.
A Better Nozzle
Names That Tune
Armed with Data
Motor Minder
Power Suit
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Kärcher RoboCleaner » When it's full of dust bunnies, this robot vacuum roves until it finds the infrared beam that'll guide it back to its base. $1,500; robocleaner.de Eastman Outdoors Reveo » A rotating, vacuum-sealed cylinder does two days worth of marinating in 20 minutes.
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WIRE
PICTURE THIS
A SNEAKY LITTLE INNOVATION DESIGNED TO THWART LYME DISEASE
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WIRE
LEAN, MEAN, FREAKING MACHINE
Universal Studios Orlando unwraps a frighteningly limber mummy at its new amusement part ride.
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ERIC MINTON
He's 6 feet 8, 650 pounds, and he's got 40 different moves. If Universal Studios Orlando's new animatronic mummy ever plays ball, make sure he's on your team. The creature is the namesake of the $80 million Revenge of the Mummy thrill ride, which opened in May.
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WIRE
WHAT WOMEN WANT
Swedish concept: sexy or sexist?
Inside Job
Nice Package
Dyson Gets Down
Band Aid
Good bye, Tungsten
Poor Man's Seaway
Stay in Line
The VolksBeemer
Bluetooth Blowups
A Bona Fide Master of Stairs
Crazy Sound
Mindful Bindings
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Serengeti Stratus Titanium » A polarizing filter can't scratch when it's built into plastic lenses—a first. $200; serengeti-eyewear.com
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Palm Zire 72
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Palm Zire 72 » An MP3 player, 1.2 MP camera that captures 15-frames-per-second videos, Bluetooth radio, and 320-by-320-pixel color display all fit in this PDA's 4.8-ounce body. 32MB. 312MHz processor. $300; palmone.com
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Dyson DC11 Telescope Vacuum Cleaner
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Dyson DC11 Telescope Vacuum Cleaner » Cupboard or displayease? This stylish canister vacuum's wand telescopes and the hose wraps around its body for compact storage. $500; dyson.com
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Transperformance/Klein Acoustic Guitar
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Transperformance/Klein Acoustic Guitar » Strings ride atop six piezo-electric chips that sense their frequency; internal motors tune them. $14,500; kleinguitars.com
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Enlux LED Flood Light
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Enlux LED Flood Light » The first LED drop-in replacement for a standard floodlight glows like a 60 watter, lasts 50,000 hours, and doesn't get hot enough to pose a fire threat. $90; enluxled.com
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Body Engine Scooter
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Body Engine Scooter » It doesn't use gyroscopes and a balancing computer since it has four wheels rather than two. Goes 15 miles on a 10-hour charge. Holds 300 pounds. $1,300; shoplifestyle.com
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Iteris AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System
Iteris AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System » An onboard camera and computer alert you when you switch lanes without signaling. Look for it on the Infinity FX45. iteris.com
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BMW SlideCarver
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BMW SlideCarver » Disc brakes, front suspension and pivoting rear wheels for precise cornering make this the one push scooter that qualifies as cool. $695; bmw-online.com
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Sony Ericsson MMV-100
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Sony Ericsson MMV-100 » Beam photos via Bluetooth from your Sony Ericsson cellphone to this gadget to display them on a TV. Uncer $200; sonyericsson.com
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Tarantula
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Tarantula » Fully articulated arms mean that in addition to the backyard, this remotecontrol rover can tackle a terrain historically impossible for such toys: stairs. $100; mgae.com
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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 3 Speakers
$3,000
Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 3 Speakers » In addition to a five footfall, $16,000 set, B&O's Acoustic Lens technology—which sends out a 180-legree wave of sound—now comes in a bookshelf model. $3,000 a pair; bang-olufsen.com
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Atomic Neox EBM
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Atomic Neox EBM » The first computerized ski bindings make sure you're securely snapped in and alert you if you're not. $1,050; atomic-usa.com
STEPHAN WILKINSON
Volvo's YCC concept car, designed entirely by a team of female engineers and stylists, met with snickers and smart-ass comments from the good-ol'-boys club when it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It's loaded with simplifying features ostensibly designed to attract a female audience.
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MAN & MACHINE
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Do The Locomotion: 207 Tons and 4,400 hp
GE's Evolution does 0-60 in 45 seconds, unloaded. Braking is a different story: A full-on panic stop takes half a mile.
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STEPHAN WILKINSON
THEY SIT ON A SPUR OF TEST track outside General Electric's locomotive factory in Erie, Pennsylvania, panting and grumbling like two old lions half asleep. The ominous, muttering rumble is the sound of 8,800 horsepower at idle—24 cylinders with pistons big as buckets, turbochargers the size of washing machines, two V12 engines direct-driving alternators five feet in diameter.
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Pfizer Inc.: LIPITOR atorvastatin cacium tablets
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CRIME SEEN
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Drug Cartels Raise the Game for the Mule Trackers
It's called body packing, it's dangerous and gross, and new technology makes gut-based drug smuggling harder to spot.
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JESSICA SNYDER SACHS
SPECIAL AGENT CHRIS TROJAN pulls into the parking lot of a convenience store in Ozone Park, Queens, and spots a half dozen colleagues lingering out front, exchanging morning banter and finishing second cups and cigarettes. The previous afternoon, at the Drug Enforcement Administration's New York offices in Manhattan, Trojan’s unit had looked at the week’s open schedule and decided to start this day trolling the neighborhoods around John F. Kennedy International Airport for a particular class of arriving travelers.
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Microsoft Corporation: Windows xp Tablet PC Edition
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Windows xp Tablet PC Edition
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EMERGING RESEARCH
THE NEW SCIENCE OF CELL HACKING
Programming bacteria like computers, scientists tap an unexpected labor force.
PROGRAMMING A LIVING CHEMICAL DETECTOR
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DAN FERBER
As the cruiser powers into an enemy harbor the captain, suspecting mines, unleashes a swarm of microbes into the water. By the trillions they sniff out TNT, fluorescing brighter hues of red as they near their quarry and then digest the explosive, rendering it harmless.
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NATIONAL SECURITY
HAIL MARY LAUNCH?
The Pentagon fields its controversial missile shield.
MINUTES TO LAUNCH, SECONDS TO INTERCEPT
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: KILL VEHICLE LACKS 20-20 VISION
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While dirty bombs and bioweapons steal headlines, the Pentagon is plowing ahead with a 21-year-old plan to silence a more traditional weapon of mass destruction: the intercontinental ballistic missile. Despite widespread criticism, this summer the Missile Defense Agency will deploy the humble beginnings of a nationwide missile defense shield.
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PERSPECTIVE
YOUR VENUSIAN CRIB SHEET
On June 8, Venus will make a rare flyby of Earth. Study up.
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121.5 Number of years since Venus last crossed between Earth and the Sun, making it visible to the naked eye 8 Number of years until the next Venus transit 5 BILLION + Estimated number of people who will be able to see all or part of the 2004 transit.
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ENGINEERING
NEED A HOME IN A HURRY? PRESS PRINT
An oversize printer could speed up building construction.
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If Behrokh Khoshnevis has his way, the on-demand world of movies, TV, Internet connections, you name it, will have a home under on-demand roofs. Khoshnevis, a University of Southern California professor, says he's a year away from essentially printing out a house from computer-generated blueprints wired to an apparatus that works like a giant inkjet printer.
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UPDATE
UP, UP AND AWAY
A flawless first test flight bodes well for Rutan's GlobalFlyer.
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ERIC ADAMS
Can aviation mastermind Burt Rutan do no wrong? This March his radical Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, the twin-boomed jet-powered plane that adventurer Steve Fossett hopes to fly solo around the world—nonstop and without refueling—breezed through its maiden test flight.
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AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION
BATTERIES INCLUDED
Stanford students rev up the electric car with laptop power.
WHAT MAKES THE E-CAR EFFICIENT
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When General Motors and Toyota yanked the plug on their electricvehicle programs last year, citing high costs and weak demand, many proud owners of gasguzzlers no doubt nodded smugly: Batteries are for flashlights, not family cars. But now a team of young electric-car enthusiasts is attempting to change that widely held perception by building an experimental battery-powered car capable of highway cruising speeds and cross-country trips—all on a single charge.
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SHRINKAGE DEPT.
NANO-GRASS
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LAURA ALLEN
Water take heed: Liquids are now at the mercy of a breakthrough material from Bell Labs. Flip an electric switch and the material acts like a sponge. Flip again and it behaves like a rain slicker. Applications could turn up wherever liquids meet solids (read: practically everywhere).
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Lilly ICOS LLC.: Cialis
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Cialis
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PHYSICS
CON-FUSION IN A JAR
Generating heat energy like the Sun: Can it be this easy?
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Don’t call it cold fusion. Not yet. For the second time in two years, physicist Rusi Taleyarkhan and colleagues claim to have created a miniature sun in a jar, but this time skeptics are taking a closer look. "I still don't believe it," says Lawrence Crum at the University of Washington in Seattle, “but it's becoming more and more difficult to ignore.
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MEDICAL TECH
WARMING UP TO TELEMEDICINE
Bleep! Blip! Ding! Another life saved. Why electronic intensive care isn't as scary as it seems.
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LAURA ALLEN
"I know these patients better than anyone on the floor right now,” asserts critical-care specialist Dr. Joseph T. Cooke, who's checking up on 38 ICU patients at New York-Presbyterian hospital—from across the street. Welcome to the electronic ICU, where bedside manner means ringing a doorbell before observing patients via video camera, then checking vital signs on four remotely located monitors.
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HEADLINES
PERDICTION
HEADLINE FROM THE FUTURE
2069 GRAND OPENING! THE LOS ANGELES SHARPER IMAGE IMPLANT STORE
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KEVIN WARWICK
As the technology to seamlessly merge man and machine matures, more and more people turn Cyborg. Computer chips implanted into the brain restore and enhance memory, eyesight and hearing. Electrode arrays attached to nerve tissue detect and treat clinical depression and chronic pain; other electronic implants linked to the Internet enable people to control cellphones and home appliances by thought alone.
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Kodak: DX7630
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Kodak
DX7630
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HOLLYWOOD, SCIENCE AND THE END OF THE WORLD A THREE-ACT SCREENPLAY
COULD SUDDEN CLIMATE CHANGE WREAK INDEPENDENCE DAY-LEVEL HAVOC? THE DIRECTOR OF THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (OUT MAY 28) LET US RUN HIS NEW DISASTER FLICK BY THE EXPERTS. UH-OH.
ACT 1: HOLLYWOOD
ACT 2: SCIENCE
ACT 3: THE END OF THE WORLD
HOW COULD HAPPEN
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MATTHEW TEAGUE
INT. MOVIE THEATER—NIGHT OF MAY 28, 2004 Camera pans a series of faces busy munching popcorn, slurping sodas, etc. Camera then rests on you, the SKEPTICAL MOVIEGOER. Your eyes roll during the previews of the space battles— SKEPTIC: C'mon.
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IS THIS WHAT WAR WILL COME TO?
ELECTROMAGNETIC RAILGUN
SUPER-CAVITATING TORPEDO
ADVANCED TACTICAL LASER
RODS FROM GOD
METAL STORM
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Eric Adams
If U.S. MILITARY WEAPONS PLANNERS HAVE LEARNED ANYTHING from the varied conflicts of the past quarter century, it is that the challenges are not getting any more predictable. With the nature and capabilities of U.S. opponents changing on practically an engagement-by-engagement basis, deciding which new weapon technologies will best serve soldiers in the battle theaters of the future remains a high-stakes guessing game.
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DaimlerChrysler Corporation
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DaimlerChrysler Corporation
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R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO.: CAMEL
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R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO.
CAMEL
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Tech '54, Where Are You?
PRESHOW: A GEEK'S LAST FLING
DAY 1: NEW YEAR, OLD GEAR
DAY 2: THE FEEDING FRENZY
DAY 3: WHEN RADIO RULED
DAY 4: HANGING ON THE LINE
DAY 5: WITHDRAWAL SETS IN
DAY 6: SWANK RIDE, DADDY-O
DIETARY DISTRESS
CELLPHONE DREAMS
THIS IS NOT A STICKUP!
DAY 10 MY GIRL + QUIET = BLISS
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LARRY SMITH
The coffee is too weak. The windup alarm clock is too loud. The phone rings, and it might or might not be my mom. There are no new e-mails. There is no hope for a Krispy Kreme. And man, oh man, I miss my Ambien. Why have I subjected myself to life without a PDA?
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Microsoft
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Microsoft
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GARMIN
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CASIO: EXILIM
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CASIO
EXILIM
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DARPA'S DEBACLE IN THE DESERT
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE DARPA GRAND CHALLENGE, THE 142-MILE ROBOT RACE THAT DIED AT MILE 7
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JOSEPH HOOPER
WHEN LAST WE VISITED WITH THE MEN AND WOMEN, the boys and girls, the Red Teams and Blue Teams and Road Warriors of the DARPA Grand Challenge off-road robotics race, back in March, we signed off on a note of authentic ambivalence. The teams themselves were all over the map, from rehearsing victory speeches to praying they would pass the qualifying round and be allowed on to what was anticipated to be a 210-mile course from outside Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert to somewhere just west of Vegas.
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D.A.D. BRINGS HOME THE BACON
In a field of teams using off-the-shelf tech, one delivered true innovation.
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MICHAEL MOYER
DARPA ultimately cares little about the fate of civilian robots in the Mojave Desert. Yet it cares very much about the development of new robot technology, technology that will enable unmanned vehicles to autonomously monitor their surroundings, avoid boulders and potholes, and race to targets.
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Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
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Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
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Boeing, Boeing, Gone?
The worlds greatest aviation company hasn't launched a new airliner in 14 years. If the ultra-efficient technology
MAKING THE 7E7 FLY
A RIVALRY IN THE MAKING
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BILL SWEETMAN
Boeing's best hope for survival as an aviation giant sits in a small warehouse in a Seattle industrial park. It's a mock-up of the interior of a new jet, the 7E7 Dreamliner. Representatives from major airlines are steadily marching through it, trying to decide whether they want to buy it.
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HOW 2.0
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THE BATTLE OF THE PROSUMER DIGITALS
TWO DISTINCT BREEDS
IMAGE QUALITY
RESPONSIVENESS
HOW THEY STACK UP
USER CONTROLS
H2.0 RECOMMENDS...
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Here's the old logic: Digital SLRs—those bulky, expensive cameras with the interchangeable lenses—are for pros and hardcore hobbyists, while the cute little cameras with the built-in lenses (all-in-ones) are reserved for weekend shooters, who willingly trade some image quality for size and convenience.
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HOW 2.0
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5 THINGS...
INTERNET WORMS WILL DO TO ATTACK YOU IN THE FUTURE
GET INSTANT
PRETEND TO BE A FRIEND
APPEAR TO BE A PEER
FLASH YOU
MUTATE
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KATE ASHFORD
An instant-messaging worm could infect 200,000 computers in 60 seconds by targeting IM vulnerabilities that allow it to spread without your double-click. Use software like Norton Antivirus 2004 that scans IMs. A Microsoft-impersonating worm recently infected 1.5 million machines in 24 hours.
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HOW 2.0
INTEGRATE
THE LUDDITE
Diary of a Tech Resister's Temptation
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I snap a few shots of the office, but it feels as if something's not quite right. TUESDAY, 3 P.M. I discover playback. Apparently, I was recording video clips. Didn't know it had video. Sweet. WEDNESDAY, 11:30 P.M. Recording videos of drunken St. Patrick's Day revelers elicits unfriendly stares.
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HOW 2.0
BUILD
MAKE YOUR OWN ARCADE
ASSEMBLING THE ARCADE
SOURCES
Cooking the controls
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Space Invaders. Battlezone. Pac-Man. Donkey Kong. Mortal Kombat. Anyone who spent a geeky adolescence haunting loud, dimly lit arcades knows that playing those games on a PC just isn't the same—a keyboard is a poor replacement for a joystick, and most PCs don't stand up to even a single full body slam.
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HOW 2.0
INTEGRATE
YOU 2.0
At the Intersection of Technology and the Body
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GAME READY ACCELERATED RECOVERY SYSTEM
$2,000+
STEVE CASIMIRO
I DON'T NEED any reminders that I'm getting older, but after one particularly intense ski day at Jackson Hole last winter, my left knee had the gall to get sore and swell, as if indignant that it was part of a body no longer 18 years old. Fortunately, a friend told me about a unique "cold therapy" machine called Game Ready.
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ebay
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ebay
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HOW 2.0
HACK
TAKE THE SHACKLES OFF YOUR CELLPHONE
UNLOCKING THE 3595
Other phone hacks
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While number portability may have freed your cell digits, your phone is still a ball and chain, locked into one carrier's service. These subsidy locks keep you from walking away before the provider can recover that big discount you got when you bought the phone.
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BLACK&DECKER
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BLACK&DECKER
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HOW 2.0
INTEGRATE
FROM THE FRONTIER
TECH SOLUTIONS IN FAR OUT PLACES
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MCKENZIE FUNK
THE YEMENI, Chechen and Syrian mujahideen who once trekked mountainous Tajikistan are now gone, but still few Western tourists venture into the country's Pamir Mountains, in part because no one knows where to go. There are no up-to-date guidebooks, and nary a map store.
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HOW 2.0
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Procurement Japanese imports
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MIKE HANEY
Japan kicks our ass when it comes to gadgets. Their cellphones are years ahead, their laptops are tiny, their toys so odd you have to lust after them. But many of the best are released here months after their Japanese release, if at all. U Fortunately, a number of sites let you order directly from Tokyo; some will even install an English OS or handle warranty service.
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Armor AivSTP Products Company
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Armor AivSTP Products Company
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TAILGATE WEB CONNECTION
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TAILGATE WEB CONNECTION
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HOW 2.0
GROK
TECH SUPPORT
The Tip Sheet
Game Boy Cable Hack
Cleaner Digital Audio
Getting All the Ink Out
YOUR GEAR
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ATTENTION H2.0 READERS: This is your page, full of the feedback we get from you at h20@time4.com and through the forums at popsci.com/h20. ASK A GEEK is your chance to pick the brains of The Geek Chorus—H2.0's panel of advisers and tech wizards.
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HOW 2.0
ASK A GEEK: PHILLIP TORRONE
Q: What are RSS feeds and why would I use them?
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Joel Waller
A: If, like me, you obsessively comb dozens of news sites and blogs to get your daily info fix, RSS is a godsend. Instead of actually visiting each site, waiting for your browser to load pages and slogging through ads and graphics, you can breeze through the latest content from all your favorite sites in one text-only window.
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RestoreUSA
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FYI
DEPARTMENT OF ODD APPLICATION
CORRECTING CORPORATE GROUPTHINK WITH SIMPLE PHYSICS
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A reader inquires: I read something recently about physicists who study corporate boards. How is this science? It's in the method: Inspired by the recent rash of corporate scandals, scientists Stefano Battiston and Gérard Weisbuch of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris, applied an 80 year-old pillar of statistical physics called the Ising model to big business.
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Rosetta Stone
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Rosetta Stone
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Alum-A-Pole Corporation: SunTamer Hat
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Alum-A-Pole Corporation
SunTamer Hat
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TW393S
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TW393G
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SOLATUBE
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SOLATUBE
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FYI
BOOK OF THE MONTH
A CYBERPUNK SPIN ON CAPTAIN AMERICA
THE POPSCI READING LIST
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ED FINN
Two and a half years after September 11, the attacks still cast a long shadow on world events. Government investigations examine official actions before and after that day, and the bestseller lists are crowded with booklength analyses of the causes and effects.
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FYI
DEPARTMENT OF ASTRONOMICAL EMERGENCIES
THE KILLER ASTEROID THAT WASN'T
JANUARY 13
JANUARY 14
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Every day, Harvard University's Minor Planet Center (MPC) posts a list of newly identified asteroids and comets on its Web site. NASA telescopes spot the space rocks as part of the agency’s asteroid survey, but with only a few initial sightings, the range of possible paths for each new asteroid is huge.
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FastExercise
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Gadget Universe: TE370
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Gadget Universe
TE370
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valentine1: Radar Locator
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valentine1
Radar Locator
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AMERICAN DEALER SERVICES, INC.: BAK-TALK
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AMERICAN DEALER SERVICES, INC.
BAK-TALK
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neuton
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VECTOR MANUFACTURING, Ltd.: VECTOR
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VECTOR MANUFACTURING, Ltd.
VECTOR
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Bell & Howell Sunlight Lamp
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MacNeii Automotive Products Limited
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MacNeii Automotive Products Limited
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Xium Corporation
XiumAir
Xium Corporation
Item# XMA201
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Marlboro
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Bronco
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RAINHANDLER
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POPULAR SCIENCE POSTERS
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EdgeCraft: Model 120
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EdgeCraft
Model 120
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MOTION MODELS
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MOTION MODELS
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NEXT TEN
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Canon's Elura Mini DV
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i80 printer
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POPULAR SCIENCE DIRECT
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LOOKING BACK
FROM THE POPULAR SCIENCE ARCHIVES
HAIL FIGHTERS AND THEIR STRANGE DEVICES
By 1919, hail cannons had been discredited —but people intent on changing the weather refuse to give them up.
CUTTING DOWN AIR RESISTANCE
DECREASE YOUR WAISTLINE—INCREASE YOUR LIFELINE
STILL ANOTHER MOUSETRAP TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION
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In the 1890s, grape growers in Europe erected thousands of so-called hail cannons near their vineyards. The mouths of ft. guns were fitted with sheet-iron funnels; farmers loaded them with gunpowder (but no projectiles) and fired into an approaching storm.
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