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The Plot to Take On The iPhone

A few weeks ago, Jon Rubinstein was booking up the side of Mount Tamalpais in Northern California while I wheezed like a steam engine in his wake. This was...

Little Wonders: Three Netbooks Worth Owning

Compared to your average laptop, netbooks lack specs appeal. These lightweights pack puny processors and tiny screens. But that's exactly what makes the...

A Brief History of High-Speed Rail

Like soccer and fresh bread, Americans have long viewed train travel as something that other countries simply do better. But thanks to President Barack Obama's...

Internet Pirates Face Walking the Plank in Sweden

A criminal trial underway in Sweden is testing a very American notion: that artifacts that carry a copyright should not simply be lifted or stolen — that their...

The Consumer Electronics Show: Tom Hanks, 3-D TVs

Tom Hanks was not sticking to the script. Called up to the stage by Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer during the keynote speech on the opening day of the Consumer...

#5 Zhang Yimou

On the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008, 2 billion TV viewers and thousands in attendance in the now famous Bird's Nest were treated to an unforgettable...

Battle of the Fake Bands

In the beginning--that is, November 2005--there was a video game called Guitar Hero, in which players jammed on a fake plastic guitar along with real rock songs...

The Nobel Prize

Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was sure his creation would help bring about the end of war. "When two armies of equal strength can annihilate each other...

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"And the Best Invention Is ... ?" In naming the iphone the best invention of 2007, you forgot about Windows-based PDA phones [Nov. 12]. They've been out for...

And the Best Invention Is ... ?

In naming the iPhone the best invention of 2007, you forgot about Windows-based PDA phones ["Nov. 19"]. Touch interface? Big deal. As you noted, it's been done...

The Ultimate Meal.

As my husband and I entered Osaka's Kitcho restaurant, we knew we were in for a one-of-a-kind meal: a master class in kaiseki, or formal banquet cuisine, and...

Iraq: The Enemy's New Tools

Saif Abdallah says his inventions have helped kill or maim scores, possibly hundreds, of Americans. For more than four years, he has been developing...

The Enemy's New Tools in Iraq

Saif Abdallah says his inventions have helped kill or maim scores, possibly hundreds, of Americans. For more than four years, he has been developing...

Exploiting Diane Arbus

According to the credits Fur is "inspired" by Patricia Bosworth's sober, well-researched and touching 1984 biography of Diane Arbus, the photographer who...

Best Inventions 2005: Home Runs

Formfitting Inventor: Rikiya Fukuda Availability: Prototype only To Learn More: snipurl.com/jp3h (Japanese only) A door that fits like a glove? This one...

Best Inventions 2005: Roll With It

Airing It Out Inventor: Michelin Availability: Now for the IBOT; about 2020 for cars To Learn More: michelinman.com A wheel without an inflated tire may...

Best Inventions 2005: Sporting Life

Pumped And Ready Inventor: Cam Brensinger Availability: Now, $395 for two-person Hypno tent To Learn More: nemoequipment.com Tired of fumbling with tent...

Best Inventions 2005: Tasteful Ideas

Hanging Gardens Inventor: Bill Felknor, Felknor Ventures Availability: Now, $19 To Learn More: topsyturvys.com No longer will you have to cage, stake or...