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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 Technologies become outdated so quickly that electronics companies need massive momentum for sales...

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...

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

"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...

Downtime: Downtime: Apr. 9, 2007

Cheat Sheet: Children's Movies. Spring break is upon us. Any films you can take the whole family to? [This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy or pdf.]...

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...

Letters

Our roundup of new products and technological innovations prompted readers to share their excitement about the cool things that await them in the future. But...

iRobot Scooba Floor-Washing Robot

I finally got to test the iRobot Scooba at home, and I'm happy to report that the floor-washing robot, one of our 2006 coolest inventions picks, is surprisingly...

WowWee Robosapien V2

This week on newsstands, you’ll find TIME's Inventions special—and in it, my annual tech buyer's guide. To celebrate, I wanted to review the hottest and...

All Smoke And Mirrors

Saturday, Dec 31, 2005 One of the last great tobacco cultures in Western Europe was extinguished last week, when Spain enacted a ban on smoking in the workplace...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Zoom Zoom

POWER TOURISM Forgot the map? Left the guidebook at the hotel? No problem. The GoCar is a three-wheel tour guide equipped with a GPS system that not only tells...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Fresh Ideas

NO NEED TO SQUEEZE Judging the ripeness of fruit has always seemed more art than science. Now a firm in New Zealand has developed a sensor that detects when...