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    The first one has turned up masses of genetic information. But its real payoff will come from mapping interactions among the cell’s workhorses: the proteins.

  • Net Cerfing

    He invented a key piece of what has become the Internet. The MCI vice president shares his strong ideas on where the Net should be going–and wars of the dangers of government interference.

  • The Big Dig

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  • Field Work in the Tribal Office

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  • Cashing In On Medical Knowledge

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    Foreign companies are tapping into the vigorous U.S. system of innovation by sponsoring and increasing amount of research and development at American companies. Is this a boon, or a subtle form of industrial espionage?

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    Forget about Big Blue vs. Kasparov–the best test of artificial intelligence is to ask a computer to write a story. Meet Brutus.1, a software agent that creates short tales of betrayal,self-deception, and evil worthy of a human creator.

  • Aviation's Next Great Leap

    Strapping rockets onto an aircraft creates a new breed of space plane. Look for cheaper satellite launch, ultrafast package delivery, and hypersonic passenger transport that would leave the Concorde in the dust.

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