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  • Landscaper for the Soul

    Alum Julie Moir Messervy, MAR ‘78, MCP ‘78, designs contemplative gardens that feed the spirit.

  • Between Town and Gown

    In recent years the relationship between MIT and the city of Cambridge has grown more collaborative and cordial.

  • Concentrating on Solar

    Israeli scientists are teaming mirrors, fiber optics, and photovoltaic cells to bring solar power to a new intensity.

  • An Aircar in Every Garage?

    The fantasy of a personal flying machine is lurching toward reality, as companies ready vertical-takeoff aircraft for market, and information technology endows planes with the ability to fly themselves.

  • The Weapons Paradox

    Are kinder, gentler weapons more evil than meaner, crueler ones?

  • New Life For Undersea Fiber

    Once the marvel of the telecom world, the first undersea fiber optic cables have reached the point of telecom obsolescence. Now they’ll serve out their retirement gathering oceanographic data.

  • Game Over for Mod Chips?

    As an underground culture in game machine-tweaking hardware runs afoul of federal law, copyright protection is clashing with user innovation.

  • Invention International

    Q&A: Bruce Lehman, the former head of the U.S. Patent Office, says intellectual property protection is essential for nurturing a knowledge economy in the developing world.

  • The Flash Menagerie

    As handheld devices proliferate, so too do the memory chips that they rely on. Here’s a field guide.

  • Media Tonic for War Fever

    Many Americans got their news and attitudes about the Iraq war from alternative sources showing far more skepticism than mainstream U.S. television.

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