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  • Dividing the Water

    Water may seem to be everywhere, but for a rising portion of the world’s population, there may soon be hardly a drop to drink -or to use for growing food, supporting industries and cities, and preserving life-giving ecosystems.

  • When the Sun Disappears and Dolphins Do Back Flips

    During total eclipses of the sun, at least one ancient culture performed mass human sacrifice to placate the gods. While our understanding of these celestial phenomena has grown, the author rediscovers the scientific curiosity they engender.

  • An Artist Explores the Lab

    A recent photography exhibit goes behind the closed doors of major laboratories to shed fascinating light on the research shaping modern life.

  • Bringing High Tech to Low-Income People

    From Seattle to Newark, nonprofit community-based organizations are now teaming up with high-tech companies to reinvigorate inner-city economic life.

  • Melding Mind and Machine

    The computer and the human brainwork differently. Instead of trying to force one to emulate the other, designers would do better to ensure complementarity.

  • From Here to Eternity

    Digitized memorabilia such as home videos and family photograph albums can last forever. But they may well drown our descendents in accumulated megabytes


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