Issue: 20090301

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Ford: F-150
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Ford
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Intuit: QuickBooks
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Intuit
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CONTENTS
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Sprint
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Sprint
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masthead
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POPULAR SCIENCE
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Diamond Crystal
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Diamond Crystal
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THE INBOX
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LETTERS@POPSCI.COM
ENDLESS ENERGY
WHAT'S ABUZZ ON POPSCI.COM?
Corrections
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
POPULAR SCIENCE
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I would love to see this technology succeed as soon as possible. Hopefully, the Canadian government does too, so it will fund the project. KPeters Comment on popsci.com We might also be well served by paying close attention to the by-product.
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The Gillette Company
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The Gillette Company
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MEGAPIXELS
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DIAMONDS ARE A SCIENTIST'S : BEST FRIEND
RESEARCHERS USE GEMSTONES TO STUDY MATERIALS UNDER PRESSURE
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Two flawless, identically cut diamonds make up a diamond-anvil cell, a device that replicates the ultra-high pressure found at the center of the Earth. To squeeze items to such intense pressure, scientists make a hole in a piece of metal foil and place the test sample in the hole.
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MEGAPIXELS
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FROGGIN’ AMAZING
TADPOLES TURN SOMERSAULTS TO GET A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
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GREG SOLTIS
Embryos of the red-eyed tree frog have developed an interesting strategy to survive on a patchy supply of oxygen. To permeate the normally oxygen-deficient eggs, oxygen must first pass through a strong outer membrane. But even though tiny hairs called cilia stir the fluid inside these quarter-inch-diameter eggs, most of the oxygen is near the eggs' exposed surface.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0013.xml
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U.S. Navy
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U.S. Navy
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PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0014.xml
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WHAT'S NEW
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GREATEST HITS
A VIBRATION-KILLING RACKET LETS YOU HIT THE BALL HARDER AND MORE ACCURATELY
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PRINCE EXO3 RED 105
$260
ROBERT E. CALEM
The Prince EXO3 tennis racket promises not only to improve your game but also to make playing more comfortable. Its clever design prevents annoying vibration from reaching your hands and instead keeps it in the strings, which convey energy back to the ball for a better hit.
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WHAT’S NEW
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THE GOODS
12 MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS
READY TO RIDE
RETOOLED
WEBCAM
POCKET-SIZED PROTECTOR
LIGHT AND FIT
FAREWELL TO FILING
BRIGHT ONE
STABLE SACK
LONG SHOT
DRIVE SAFE
MAKE A LITTLE NOISE
HIGH-COLUR, LOW-POWER
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This electric bike helps cyclists as they pedal through long commutes, and it recharges in less than 30 minutes instead of the typical four hours. It uses Toshiba's quick-charge battery, made with nanoparticles that rapidly absorb lithium ions.
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WHAT’S NEW
AUTO TECH
ECO DRIVER'S ED
HONDA'S NEW HYBRID TEACHES YOU HOW TO SAVE GAS
BAD-DRIVER OVERRIDE
REAL-TIME UPDATES
KUDOS FOR BEING GREEN
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Aggressive driving—lead-footed acceleration, speeding, excessive braking—can slash highway mileage by 33 percent, according to government estimates. Honda's Insight hybrid, arriving in April, softens the effects of wasteful driving and tells you when you're indulging in bad habits.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0017.xml
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1&1 Internet, Inc.
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1&1 Internet, Inc.
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PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0018.xml
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WHAT’S NEW
HOME TECH
TECH TRANSFER BETTER BLADES
A NEW AIRPLANEINSPIRED MOWER MAKES A TIDIER CUT
Cub Cadet
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Cub Cadet
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CHUCK CAGE
To leave fewer grass clippings on the lawn or stuck underneath the mower, Cub Cadet has given its lawnmower blades [at left] a total overhaul. The first step was enlisting aeronautical engineers to improve airflow over the blades. As mower blades cut, they act like propellers, creating a vortex of air that whisks grass into the bag.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0019.xml
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1&1 Internet, Inc.
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1&1 Internet, Inc.
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WHAT’S NEW
GADGETS
TIMELINE RADIO REINVENTED
NEW DEVICES MAKE THE MOST OF DIGITAL BROADCASTS
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Zune 16GB
$200
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READ YOUR RADIO
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GET DISASTER WARNINGS
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Many ordinary FM and AM stations transmit small amounts of digital data, such as song titles. And nearly 1,800 channels are entirely digital. Radio manufacturers are starting to take advantage of this extra information, creating gadgets that can not only play music, but also take notes, help you shop, or even save your life.
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Ford
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Ford
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WHAT’S NEW
COMPUTING
TESTED HI-FI FIX FOR LAPTOPS
NEW TECHNOLOGIES SQUEEZE BETTER SOUND FROM LITTLE SPEAKERS
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ThinkPad X300
$2,725
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SRS iWOW FOR iTUNES
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HP Pavilion dv3500
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Now you can rock out even with puny laptop speakers. Normally when you try to pump up the bass using the equalizer settings in iTunes or other software, you inadvertently distort your music's sound by boosting frequencies that small speakers can’t reproduce.
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Science Illustrated
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Science Illustrated
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Discovery Communications
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Discovery Communications
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HEADLINES
MEDICINE
KNOCKING OUT MALARIA
THE FIRST VACCINE FOR ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST DEADLY DISEASES IS ON THE WAY
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COREY BINNS
A vaccine with a 53 percent success rate doesn't normally call for a celebration. But when that means protecting one in every two African children from a disease that kills a kid every 30 seconds, those odds start looking better. “The impact is tremendous," says Joe Cohen, inventor of the first malaria vaccine.
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HEADLINES
MAN VS. WEATHER
HURRICANE BUSTERS
HOW FIGHTER JETS COULD HALT HURRICANES
FLIGHT PLAN
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COREY BINNS
A Category 4 hurricane approaches New Orleans, yet "When the Saints Go Marching In” continues to spill out of clubs on Bourbon Street. No one’s worried, because two F-4 Phantom fighter jets have just taken off from the nearby Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base to kill the storm before it hits land.
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HEADLINES
FIELD TEST OF THE MONTH
THE MOON BEETLE
A ROBOTIC PROSPECTOR PREPARES FOR A MOON MISSION IN HAWAII’S VOLCANOES
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Like most visitors to Hawaii, David Wettergreen spent his two-week trip there in the sand. But instead of sunbathing, he was busy putting Scarab, his robotic moon rover, through rigorous test drives in the lunar-like volcanic ash-filled crater at Mauna Kea.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0028.xml
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Pfizer Inc.: Viva VIAGRA
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Pfizer Inc.
Viva VIAGRA
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PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0029.xml
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HEADLINES
30-SECOND SCIENCE
HUMANITARIAN TECH
ELASTIC EYESIGHT
THE BUDGET CENTRIFUGE
GOOD-SAMARITAN STOVE
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For the 314 million people around the world with blurry vision, just put on a pair of Joshua Silver's AdSpecs and inject light-bending silicon oil into the plastic lenses until the world comes back into focus. Since winning a POPULAR SCIENCE Best of What's New Award in 2000, Silver has been perfecting his $20 adjustable-prescription specs and, with help from the U.S. military, has handed out 20,000 pairs around the world.
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HEADLINES
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
DEATH BY THE NUMBERS
THE FIRST COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BREAKDOWN OF NATURAL-DISASTER MORTALITY RISK
RELATIVE MORTALITY BY COUNTY AND TOP KILLERS BY FEMA* REGION
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Heart disease and cancer claim the most lives, but at least doctors can spot them early on. Lightning? Not so much. Now, with the first county-level natural-disaster fatality map, you'll know which of Mother Nature's catastrophes to worry about in your neighborhood.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0032.xml
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Arrow Fastener Company, Inc.: CT50
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Arrow Fastener Company, Inc.
CT50
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THE FUTURE OF BUILDING
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EXTREME ENGINEERING
THE TALLEST SKYSCRAPER
A TUNNEL THROUGH THE ALPS
A CITY BENEATH A CITY
A BRIDGE BUILT ON QUICKSAND
THE DEEPEST OIL WELL
A FLOATING CITY:POPULATION 6,300
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RENA MARIE PACELLA
Even the worst economy in decades can’t suppress the human urge to build. Today’s most ambitious projects are bigger and wilder than ever—witness blueprints for a city beneath Amsterdam or a 3,300-foot vertical metropolis. But they’re also squarely practical.
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CanadianMist
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CanadianMist
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PomWonderful LLC.
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PomWonderful LLC.
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THE FUTURE OF OBESITY
PART 1: FRINGE THEORIES
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS
RESEARCHERS ARE UNCOVERING SOME PRETTY STRANGE CULPRITS BEHIND THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC—EVERYTHING FROM AIR-CONDITIONING TO INFECTIOUS LOVE HANDLES. WHICH ONES SHOULD YOU WORRY ABOUT?
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS MAKE US FATTER
WE ALL CAME DOWN WITH A BAD CASE OF FAT
WE’RE LOSING SLEEP AND GAINING WEIGHT
OTHER SURPRISING CULPRITS
POLLUTION IS GOING STRAIGHT TO OUR HIPS
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JILL WALDBIESER
OBESITY IS our century's version of the Kennedy assassination: Everybody’s got a theory. But even with blame perpetually shifting—one day it’s fast-food corporations, the next it’s genetics—and a $40-billion-a-year diet industry, our waistlines just won't stop expanding.
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THE AMERICAN EAGLE RESERVE, LLC
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THE AMERICAN EAGLE RESERVE, LLC
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THE FUTURE OF OBESITY
PART 2: TRENIDS
JUST HOW FAT ARE WE?
Headlines fret about the growing obesity epidemic, but what does it mean? How did it happen? And what are the costs?
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COREY BINNS
STATE LINES Obesity, defined as a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, is not equally distributed across the U.S. Check out this map to find out which state is the fattest (hint: it's the namesake of mud pie), which is the thinnest (think Coors Light) and which spends the most money on obesity-related health care (its governor pumps iron).
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THE FUTURE OF OBESITY
PART 3: MEDICINE
HUNTING THE ELUSIVE FAT PILL
OBESITY IS BOOMING, YET THERE ARE ONLY TWO MEDICATIONS APPROVED FOR LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO MAKE A DIET PILL THAT WORKS? FOR ONE THING, EVOLUTION HATES DIETS
WHEN YOU PIT WILLPOWER AGAINST BIOLOGY, GUESS WHICH LOSES OUT?
“YOUR BRAIN DOESN’T KNOW YOU’RE OBESE."
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ERIC HAGERMAN
AS MAGIC LITTLE PILLS GO, the weight-loss drug rimonabant was destined to be huge. It was supposed to put a dent in the obesity epidemic and help people quit smoking and improve their cholesterol along the way. Pharmaceutical execs expected it to usher in a new class of drugs bigger than cholesterol-controlling statins, like Lipitor, Pfizer's $1-billion-a-month blockbuster.
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THE FUTURE OF ENERGY
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POWER FROM THE PEOPLE
WIND, SOLAR, TIDAL—ALL ARE BATTLING FOR THE RENEWABLE-ENERGY CROWN. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SIX BILLION HIGHLY EFFICIENT SHORT-STROKE ENGINES IN OUR MIDST? WHAT ABOUT US?
HARVESTING NEGAWATTS
THE BULLET BIKES
THE HYBRID BOOST
THE HOMER SIMPSON TEST
THE HUMAN GENERATOR
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BRUCE GRIERSON
CAVE JUNCTION, Oregon, was once, long ago, the center of a gold rush boom that, like so many booms, ultimately consumed its host. Prospectors mined the land around the towns in an ever-tightening circle, until the only gold left was below the saloons, assayers and burlesque halls.
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Scrippsnetworks
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Scrippsnetworks
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HOW 2.0
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YOU BUILT WHAT?! RUNNING AGAINST THE WIND
THE WIND-POWERED VENTOMOBIL BLOWS AWAY ITS COMPETITION ON THE RACETRACK
HOW THE VENTOMOBILE WORKS
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In summer 2007, Alexander Miller and Jan Lehmann, aerospace-engineering students at Stuttgart University in Germany, took on an unusual task: building a wind-powered vehicle that could race directly into the wind. A year later, their team unveiled its creation, the Ventomobile, which handily defeated the field at North Holland’s Racing Aeolus, the first-ever track race between vehicles powered solely by wind.
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Gorilla Glue Company
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Gorilla Glue Company
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PSWEB CONNECTION
KNEE STRAP
PSWEB CONNECTION
TRAFFORD PUBLISHING
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PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0045.xml
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HOW 2.0
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GRAY MATTER, BLOWING (UP) BUBBLES
A DRAMATIC DEMONSTRATION OF WHY THE SAME GAS THAT HEATS YOUR HOUSE CAN ALSO MAKE IT EXPLODE
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THEODORE GRAY
Living in the Midwest, where heating homes with propane is common, I periodically see reports in the local paper that yet another unoccupied house has exploded. They often note that the roof was found in the basement, while the walls were spread some distance into the neighboring fields.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0047.xml
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Zoysia Farm Nurseries
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Zoysia Farm Nurseries
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HOW 2.0
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CHEAP TRICKS RE-PRINT
DON’T BLOW A BUNDLE ON NEW INK CARTRIDGES—TOP OFF THE ONES YOU'VE ALREADY GOT
2 OTHER WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON INK
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I just replaced my inkjet printer, a model I’d bought less than two years ago—not because it broke or because I didn't like the quality, but because it ran out of ink. Sound absurd? I paid $40 for the new printer (which scans and copies too). New ink cartridges for the last one would have cost me $55.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0049.xml
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Woodland power products, Inc.: Cyclone Rake
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Woodland power products, Inc.
Cyclone Rake
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XEMEXUSA
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XEMEXUSA
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HOW 2.0
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CAN WEB SITES THAT I'M NOT VISITING STILL TRACK ME?
PLASTIC-CUP SPEAKERS
THE FLOPPY-DISK LAPTOP DESK
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Yes, and there are lots of ways they can do it. Web pages are a flexible platform for exchanging information, but that also means it can be easy to track what you're looking at on them. The first method is through third-party content. Say Company A is an advertising or tracking firm.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0053.xml
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ROCKAUTO, LLC
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ROCKAUTO, LLC
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FYI
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Can guns fire in space?
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You learned in high school that a fire needs oxygen to burn, so if you're in the atmosphereless void of space, there's no way to ignite gunpowder to fire a bullet, right? Wrong. Your Smith & Wesson should work just fine at the O.K. Space Corral.
PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0056.xml
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Valentine Research, Inc.
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Valentine Research, Inc.
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FrogTape
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FrogTape
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SOLATUBE
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SOLATUBE
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Advertisements
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MacNeil Automotive Products Limited
Dodge Caliber
MacNeil Automotive Products Limited
Toyota Prius Hybrid
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PopularScience_20090301_0274_003_0060.xml
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FastWorkout
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FastWorkout
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Rosetta Stone
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Rosetta Stone
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psshowcase
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Sinclair Institute
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Sinclair Institute
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POPULAR SCIENCE DIRECT
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PPX
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THE POPSCI PREDICTIONS EXCHANGE
Will the U.S. change laws regulating the use of prescription brain boosters like Adderall by October?
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At some colleges, as many as a quarter of students have used attention-deficit-disorder drugs like Ritalin and Adderall, according to a recent study. Appalling? Not really, according to seven scientists and ethicists who published a controversial editorial in Nature last year.
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Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
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Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
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JOHNSON CONTROLS
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JOHNSON CONTROLS
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