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    Some organizations seem to have purged “human error,” operating highly complex and hazardous technological systems essentially without mistakes. How do they do it?

  • What we Don't Know

    Some critics claim that all the great questions in science have already been answered or are simply unanswerable. But a leading defender argues that reports of science’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

  • Save the Helium

    A swing of the congressional budget ax has killed the strategic helium reserve, even though public and private research depends on steady suppliles of the element.

  • Subsumed by Science?

    The notion that technology is a mere subset of science pervades the media and our culture.

  • Message from the Comet

    Phenomena like the comet Hale-Bopp can reinspire us to communicate with and enlighten one another.

  • Computers and Hope in an Urban Ark

    Revealing how computers can provide hope amid poverty, children in one urban community are posting their drawings, poems, and other creations on the Net.

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