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  • Videogame Virtue

    Playing computer games doesn’t shorten kids’ attention spans-it helps them to manage competing demands in the new era of “continuous partial attention.”

  • IT's Vision Quest

    Attendees at the CeBIT show in New York heard thunder from industry heads. Will new services save the wireless business?

  • Airline Security's False Hope?

    An expert on aviation safety statistics says a new computer system to screen out terrorists may actually make things easier for them.

  • Open Source Gets Down To Business

    Q&A: Robert Lefkowitz has an MIT degree in engineering and a track record as a Wall Street IT director. Now he’s trying to push open source software from the dominion of alpha geeks into the corporate mainstream.

  • Engines of Growth

    Their work won’t show up in next year’s models, but researchers at MIT’s Sloan Automotive Lab are creating the fundamental knowledge that will help car engines keep getting better.

  • When Rebooting is Not an Option

    Q&A: MIT computer scientist Larry Rudolph explains why rebooting will not solve our digital problems in the future-and how we can avoid a nightmare scenario in a world of ubiquitous technology.

  • A Pollution-Free Hydrogen Economy? Not So Soon

    Electric cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells don’t produce greenhouse-enhancing carbon dioxide. But producing hydrogen does-and if we want to reduce our petroleum dependence, we’re going to have to reconcile ourselves to that fact.

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  • The Sound of Silence

    Shhh! Bose’s new noise-cancellation headset is the first to mute the outside world without adding an annoying hiss of its own.

  • Playing Our Song?

    Rekindling the flame of community that Napster first lit will require a service that encourages its users to connect with one another and share their musical experiences.

  • Professor Gadget

    The Media Lab’s Ted Selker is cooking up more inventions to make our everyday lives easier.

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