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Inventing Our Age.

Since 9/11, we've worried a lot about al-Qaeda's exporting terrorism to American soil. Call it the germ theory of terrorism--the idea that a foreign agent...

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...

Learning More About Levitation

Physics always seems to want to come out and play. Just when this most technical of sciences starts to become impossibly arcane, it goes goofy on you, as it did...

A PG-Rated Second Life

The weather outside is frightful, but video games are delightful. So lately, I've been cocooning inside with Sony's PlayStation Home, and I think it's the most...

The Consumer Electronics Show

In the consumer high-tech industry, it's all about the reveal. Technologies become outdated so quickly that electronics companies need massive momentum for sales...

Listen to the Kids.

No one, not Saudi Princes or Skull and Bones or the Daughters of the American Revolution, ranks as the most traditional among us; that distinction belongs to our...

A Brief History of Safe Sex

It's been exactly 15 years since the FDA first approved the "female condom," but it still hasn't found its niche, except perhaps in the sex trade. While...

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...

Ditch the Cookbooks.

The latest gizmo for adventurous home chefs is something millions of us already use every day: a handheld computer. That's right. You may think of your iPhone or...

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...

Inbox

"America's Medicated Warriors" I fear the fate of these brave soldiers 20 years from now [June 16]. In 2002 my brother Bill, a combat infantryman decorated...

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...