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  • Grids Unleash the Power of Many

    To paraphrase a wise science officer, the computing needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Scientists say new computing grids that put supercomputers in the hands of the masses could exponentially increase scientific discovery and spark new industries.

  • X Marks the Spot for Jumbo DNA

    Super-sized strands of the double helix molecule could act as a diagnostics marker-and may eventually open the way to tailor-made genetic systems.

  • Teaching Elephants to Dance

    A set of practices called “corporate venturing” can rejuvenate big companies-transforming large, lumbering organizations into nimbler and more innovative beasts.

  • Internet 6.0

    The next version of the Internet Protocol, IPv6, will supply the world with addresses by the trillions. Too bad it will also make the Net slower and less secure.

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  • Media Literacy Goes to School

    We’ve wired our classrooms. Now what? Media Literacy education is needed, kindergarten through college. The question is what kind.

  • Fiber Optics Takes the Long Way Home

    Despite decades of experiments, big telecom companies are moving ever so sluggishly to extend fiber optics to individual residences.

  • Hold the Salt

    An innovative desalination technique could go from the lab to the land next year–but skeptics abound.

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  • The Smart Phone Moves Up a Grade

    PalmOne scores with the Treo 600: a powerful PDA that looks (and is marketed like) a cell phone. But software glitches mar its performance.

  • Medieval Global Warming

    A controversy over 14th century climate shows the peril of letting politics shape the scientific debate.

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