As an award-winning journalist and editor I have interviewed scientists, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs, explaining their ideas and the products they create to a wide audience. My work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, Fortune, and Popular Science, to name a few. My corporate clients include manufacturers, engineering firms and environmental consultants.

I used to call myself a technology writer, but to many people "technology" only connotes electronics or software and that is only part of what I cover. So I've broadened the thought to encompass all things that mankind makes. Fortune magazine once cited me as "a poet of the inanimate."

This site provides links to some of my published work, organized in the following broad, and sometimes overlapping, categories: Aerospace, Biotechnology, Energy & Environment, Manufacturing, Military, Transportation and more.


  • Aerospace

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    MINE'S FASTER THAN YOURS

    Planemakers are trying to hatch an aircraft that no mogul could do without. Get ready for the supersonic business jet.

    Fortune -- Jun 28, 2004

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    THE WING FLIES AGAIN

    A mostly wooden Northrop flying wing built during World War II returns to the skies.

    Popular Science - Nov 1995

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    HOW TO BUILD A REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG PLANE

    The engineering and physics of the huge double-decker Airbus A380 jetliner.

    Fortune - Mar 5, 2001

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    STEALTH RULES

    Bird of Prey, a radical aircraft secretly developed by Boeing, provides a rare glimpse into the veiled business of stealth technology.

    Fortune - Dec 30, 2002

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    THE STUFF IN STEALTH BOMBERS GOES CIVILIAN

    Amazing machines are helping build carbon-composite parts for jetliners and rocketships.

    Fortune - Dec 6, 1999

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    MAN FIXES TAPE RECORDER

    An ingenious NASA engineer fixes a tape recorder orbiting Jupiter aboard the Galileo space probe.

    Fortune - Jun 23, 2003

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    INSIDE THE SKUNK WORKS

    Ben Rich, the former president of Lockheed's fabled Skunk Works, recounts his career building secret military aircraft.

    Popular Science - Oct 1994

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    FAST, AGILE, STEALTHY, SUPERCRUISERS

    The Air Force must choose between two advanced fighter-plane prototypes to replace the F-15. Each can fly at supersonic speed without afterburners.

    Popular Science - Apr 1991

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    X-30: OUT OF THIS WORLD IN A SCRAMJET

    Scramjet engines will propel the X-30 National Aerospace Plane, designed to fly into orbit at 17,500 miles per hour.

    Popular Science - Nov 1991

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  • Aerospace

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    WINGING IT INTO SPACE

    Launched from an airliner's underbelly, the Pegasus rocket uses a delta-shaped wing to aim itself out of the atmosphere.

    Popular Science - May 1989

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    WHAT HYPERSONIC AIRPLANE?

    Earthquake instruments in Southern California registered a big sonic boom. Whatever triggered the airquake wasn't the Space Shuttle.

    Popular Science - Aug 1992

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    SEARCHING FOR THE SECRETS OF GROOM LAKE

    A trip to the fencelines of Area 51, the secret Nevada airbase where the military goes when it wants to be left alone.

    Popular Science - Mar 1994

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    FIRST EVER EARTH ORBITING BALLOON

    Inside the ill-fated plan to fly a novel balloon around the world.

    Popular Science - Oct 1990

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    THE QUEST FOR ETERNAL FLIGHT

    A solar-electric drone aircraft makes history by flying through the night without landing.

    Fortune - May 30, 2005

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    THE NEXT SST

    It could be pointy like the Concorde, or an oblique flying wing that looks like a surfboard.

    Popular Science - Feb 1991

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    REUSABLE ROCKET SHIPS

    There are plenty of ideas for a cheaper alternative to the Space Shuttle.

    Popular Science - Feb 1994

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    THE ETERNAL AIRPLANE

    AeroVironment's Pathfinder is a solar-powered flying wing with eight propellers. Its goal is to fly for months at a time.

    Popular Science - Apr 1994

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    WILD WEASELS: WIZARDS OF DESERT STORM

    These brave pilots fly into the range of hostile anti-aircraft missiles, taunting them to kill them.

    Popular Science - May 1991

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  • Biotechnology

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    BIOTECH GETS PRODUCTIVE

    Biopharma companies know how to make cool stuff. Now they are learning how to make a lot of it.

    Fortune -- Jan 20, 2003

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    THE SOUL OF THE NEW GENE MACHINES

    Building DNA chips using tricks from nanotech and bioinformatics, a startup aims to cash in on the genomics revolution.

    Fortune -- May 2, 2005

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    BIOPLASTIC FANTASTIC

    Bugs that eat sugar and poop polymers are replacing oil-based plastics.

    Fortune - Jul 21, 2003

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    BIOREFINERY BREAKTHROUGH

    Canada's Iogen is learning how to make ethanol from straw instead of corn.

    Fortune - Feb 6, 2006

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    GROWING DRUGS IS A TRICKY BUSINESS

    When it tried to roll out a hemophilia drug, Bayer learned the hard way that its factory wasn't as good as its labs.

    Fortune - Nov 25, 2002

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    GOOD-BY TEST TUBES, HELLO LABS-ON-A-CHIP

    Scientists are conducting sophisticated chemistry in the tiny world of microfluidics.

    Fortune - Oct 11, 1999

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  • Energy & Environment

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    CALIFORNIA ROCKS THE AUTO INDUSTRY

    How a state agency ruling on climate change could force Detroit to spend billions.

    Fortune - Nov 1, 2004

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    DECAVITATOR VS. FLYING FISH

    A pair of human-powered watercraft vie for the title of fastest.

    Popular Science - Jul 1993

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    DRIVING THE DREAM

    Taking a spin in Honda's beetle-like solar electric race car.

    Popular Science - Sep 1994

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    DUDE, WHERE'S MY HYBRID?

    Hybrid gasoline-electric cars are trendy, but are they a business?

    Fortune - Apr 28, 2003

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    BIOREFINERY BREAKTHROUGH

    Canada's Iogen is learning how to make ethanol from straw instead of corn.

    Fortune - Feb 6, 2006

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    THE QUEST FOR ETERNAL FLIGHT

    A solar-electric drone aircraft makes history by flying through the night without landing.

    Fortune - May 30, 2005

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    THE AUTO MAKERS' BIG-TIME BET ON FUEL CELLS

    They're shoveling money into a revolutionary power system that's surrounded with uncertainties.

    Fortune - Mar 30, 1998

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    IT'S THE BATTERY, STUPID!

    An electric car is only as good as its battery—and that's the problem.

    Popular Science - Feb 1995

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    HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER NOW?

    Nuclear electricity generation begins to look—of all things—green.

    Fortune - Mar 4, 2002

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  • Energy & Environment

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    MEET THE SUPERGRID

    Connecting nuke plants with superconducting cables could make a whole new grid. Plus some hydrogen.

    Fortune - Aug 8, 2005

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  • Manufacturing

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    BREAKTHROUGHS IN THE ART OF CARVING METAL

    Instead of riveting parts together, companies are using ultrafast metal-cutting machines to sculpt them.

    Fortune -- Nov 24, 1997

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    BIG SHOP OF HORRORS

    Burning, wind-lashing, and drenching are all in a day's work in the cavernous test chambers of insurer FM Global. The objective: Unmask the secrets of disasters.

    Fortune -- Apr 5, 2004

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    HIGH FASHION FACTORIES

    These new plants do more than assemble vehicles. They also jazz up public image.

    Fortune - Oct 4, 2004

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    THE FAST NEW WORLD OF FLAT MOTORS

    Super-accurate linear electric motors move delicate electronics bits around in assembly plants and increase the agility of metalcutting machines tenfold.

    Fortune - Nov 25, 1996

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    HOW TO BUILD A REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG PLANE

    The engineering and physics of the huge double-decker Airbus A380 jetliner.

    Fortune - Mar 5, 2001

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    BIOPLASTIC FANTASTIC

    Bugs that eat sugar and poop polymers are replacing oil-based plastics.

    Fortune - Jul 21, 2003

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    THE STUFF IN STEALTH BOMBERS GOES CIVILIAN

    Amazing machines are helping build carbon-composite parts for jetliners and rocketships.

    Fortune - Dec 6, 1999

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    CRASHING CARS; STILL A GLEAM IN THE DESIGNER'S EYE

    Gigantic simulation programs running on fast computers are moving crash safety fast forward.

    The New York Times - Jun 17, 2007

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    GROWING DRUGS IS A TRICKY BUSINESS

    When it tried to roll out a hemophilia drug, Bayer learned the hard way that its factory wasn't as good as its labs.

    Fortune - Nov 25, 2002

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  • Manufacturing

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    IT'S THE BATTERY, STUPID!

    An electric car is only as good as its battery—and that's the problem.

    Popular Science - Feb 1995

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    GOOD-BY TEST TUBES, HELLO LABS-ON-A-CHIP

    Scientists are conducting sophisticated chemistry in the tiny world of microfluidics.

    Fortune - Oct 11, 1999

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    THE RACE TO MAKE THE WORLD FLAT

    Manufacturing advances are bringing the cost of flat TVs way down.

    Fortune - Nov 10, 2003

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    BIG JOBS ARE GOING TO MICROMACHINES

    Amazingly tiny silicon machines are triggering automobile airbags, projecting brighter pictures, and switching optical phone signals.

    Fortune - May 10, 1999

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    A SWEET TRIUMPH

    A housing tycoon has brought Triumph, one of England's many defunct motorcycle makers, back to life.

    Fortune Small Business - Apr 2002

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    "GROWING" PARTS FROM LIQUID PLASTIC

    Stereolithography, an ingenious rapid-prototyping method, is turbocharging product development.

    Popular Science - May 1989

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    TAKING DELIVERY AT THE PLANT TO SEE THEIR BABIES' BIRTH

    Some people really want to see their cars being built. So they go to the factory.

    The New York Times - Sep 24, 2006

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    BUILDING FOR THE NEXT CHIP BOOM

    Computer chips double in speed every two years. Credit goes to the miniaturization wizards at the fabs.

    Fortune - Aug 12, 2002

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    TOYOTA'S GLOBAL BODY SHOP

    The Japanese automaker is putting the finishing touches on a new strategy: being able to build almost anything, anywhere.

    Fortune - Feb 9, 2004

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  • Manufacturing

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    WINGING IT INTO SPACE

    Launched from an airliner's underbelly, the Pegasus rocket uses a delta-shaped wing to aim itself out of the atmosphere.

    Popular Science - May 1989

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  • Military

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    THE WING FLIES AGAIN

    A mostly wooden Northrop flying wing built during World War II returns to the skies.

    Popular Science - Nov 1995

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    WHAT HYPERSONIC AIRPLANE?

    Earthquake instruments in Southern California registered a big sonic boom. Whatever triggered the airquake wasn't the Space Shuttle.

    Popular Science - Aug 1992

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    SEARCHING FOR THE SECRETS OF GROOM LAKE

    A trip to the fencelines of Area 51, the secret Nevada airbase where the military goes when it wants to be left alone.

    Popular Science - Mar 1994

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    STEALTH RULES

    Bird of Prey, a radical aircraft secretly developed by Boeing, provides a rare glimpse into the veiled business of stealth technology.

    Fortune - Dec 30, 2002

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    WAR-WHEEL DRIVE

    Designers roll out an armored successor for the Humvee.

    Fortune - Feb 20, 2006

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    THE STUFF IN STEALTH BOMBERS GOES CIVILIAN

    Amazing machines are helping build carbon-composite parts for jetliners and rocketships.

    Fortune - Dec 6, 1999

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    21ST CENTURY HOT JET ENGINES

    The military aims to double the thrust of jet engines.

    Popular Science - Jun 1990

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    QUEST FOR THE BOOJUM

    A trek through the cactus gardens of Baja California in the rugged Hummer.

    Popular Science - Jul 1995

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    INSIDE THE SKUNK WORKS

    Ben Rich, the former president of Lockheed's fabled Skunk Works, recounts his career building secret military aircraft.

    Popular Science - Oct 1994

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  • Military

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    THE SECRET SHIP

    An experiment in seagoing stealth glides out of the black.

    Popular Science - October 1993

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    FAST, AGILE, STEALTHY, SUPERCRUISERS

    The Air Force must choose between two advanced fighter-plane prototypes to replace the F-15. Each can fly at supersonic speed without afterburners.

    Popular Science - Apr 1991

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    SEND IN THE SWARM

    On the frontier of artificial intelligence, mobs of cheap robots collaborate like ants in a colony or bees in a hive.

    Fortune - Jun 2004

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    THE SOUND OF GLOBAL WARMING

    Cold War spy technology could become the world’s largest ocean thermometer to measure global warming. But will the residents object?

    Popular Science - Jul 1995

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    WILD WEASELS: WIZARDS OF DESERT STORM

    These brave pilots fly into the range of hostile anti-aircraft missiles, taunting them to kill them.

    Popular Science - May 1991

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    X-30: OUT OF THIS WORLD IN A SCRAMJET

    Scramjet engines will propel the X-30 National Aerospace Plane, designed to fly into orbit at 17,500 miles per hour.

    Popular Science - Nov 1991

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  • Transportation

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    HIGH FASHION FACTORIES

    These new plants do more than assemble vehicles. They also jazz up public image.

    Fortune - Oct 4, 2004

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    THE AMAZING INFINITE-RATIO 'GEARBOX'

    This fuel-saving transmission is going into a new Saturn SUV, among other vehicles. At its heart is a very special belt that pushes instead of pulling.

    Fortune -- Nov 13, 2000

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    A HARLEY LANDS IN AMERICA, BY WAY OF EUROPE

    This time they built one that goes, stops and handles - appeals to riders across the Atlantic.

    New York Times - Sept 6, 2009

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    WEAPONS REVEALED

    Whole body-scanners at airports may thwart terrorist attacks. They give some travelers the creeps.

    Scientific American - April 2008

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    REVOLUTIONARY RAIL

    High-speed trains are coming to the U.S. They may not all run on rails.

    Scientific American - May 2010

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    THE WING FLIES AGAIN

    A mostly wooden Northrop flying wing built during World War II returns to the skies.

    Popular Science - Nov 1995

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    WAR-WHEEL DRIVE

    Designers roll out an armored successor for the Humvee.

    Fortune - Feb 20, 2006

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    CALIFORNIA ROCKS THE AUTO INDUSTRY

    How a state agency ruling on climate change could force Detroit to spend billions.

    Fortune - Nov 1, 2004

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    THE STUFF IN STEALTH BOMBERS GOES CIVILIAN

    Amazing machines are helping build carbon-composite parts for jetliners and rocketships.

    Fortune - Dec 6, 1999

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  • Transportation

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    CRASHING CARS; STILL A GLEAM IN THE DESIGNER'S EYE

    Gigantic simulation programs running on fast computers are moving crash safety fast forward.

    The New York Times - Jun 17, 2007

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    DECAVITATOR VS. FLYING FISH

    A pair of human-powered watercraft vie for the title of fastest.

    Popular Science - Jul 1993

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    DRIVING THE DREAM

    Taking a spin in Honda's beetle-like solar electric race car.

    Popular Science - Sep 1994

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    DUDE, WHERE'S MY HYBRID?

    Hybrid gasoline-electric cars are trendy, but are they a business?

    Fortune - Apr 28, 2003

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    FIRST EVER EARTH ORBITING BALLOON

    Inside the ill-fated plan to fly a novel balloon around the world.

    Popular Science - Oct 1990

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    THE AUTO MAKERS' BIG-TIME BET ON FUEL CELLS

    They're shoveling money into a revolutionary power system that’s surrounded by uncertainties.

    Fortune - Mar 30, 1998

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    QUEST FOR THE BOOJUM

    A trek through the cactus gardens of Baja California in the rugged Hummer.

    Popular Science - Jul 1995

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    IT'S THE BATTERY, STUPID!

    An electric car is only as good as its battery—and that's the problem.

    Popular Science - Feb 1995

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    THE SECRET SHIP

    An experiment in seagoing stealth glides out of the black.

    Popular Science - October 1993

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  • Transportation

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    NAUGHTY OR NICE? MOTO GUZZI LETS THE RIDER CHOOSE

    A venerable Italian motorcycle maker rebounds with updated bikes.

    The New York Times - Sep 30, 2007

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    A SWEET TRIUMPH

    A housing tycoon has brought Triumph, one of England's many defunct motorcycle makers, back to life.

    Fortune Small Business - Apr 2002

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    THE WING FLIES AGAIN

    A mostly wooden Northrop flying wing built during World War II returns to the skies.

    Popular Science - Nov 1995

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    TAKING DELIVERY AT THE PLANT TO SEE THEIR BABIES' BIRTH

    Some people really want to see their cars being built. So they go to the factory.

    The New York Times - Sep 24, 2006

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    CHASING SUNRAYCER ACROSS AUSTRALIA

    General Motors' solar-electric car crosses Oz on no fuel.

    Popular Science - Feb 1988

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    MEET THE SUPERGRID

    Connecting nuke plants with superconducting cables could make a whole new grid. Plus some hydrogen.

    Fortune - Aug 8, 2005

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    TOYOTA'S GLOBAL BODY SHOP

    The Japanese automaker is putting the finishing touches on a new strategy: being able to build almost anything, anywhere.

    Fortune - Feb 9, 2004

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    WORLD'S FASTEST SAILBOAT

    Two masts and three self-adjusting underwater wings make for one rapid hydrofoil.

    Popular Science - Jan 1991

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  • more

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    BIG SHOP OF HORRORS

    Burning, wind-lashing, and drenching are all in a day's work in the cavernous test chambers of insurer FM Global. The objective: Unmask the secrets of disasters.

    Fortune -- Apr 5, 2004

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    SEND IN THE ROBOTS

    A new generation of industrial robots can strip paint off ship hulls, inspect buried gas mains, cross trackless deserts, and even mow the grass.

    Fortune -- Jan 24, 2005

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    WHAT HYPERSONIC AIRPLANE?

    Earthquake instruments in Southern California registered a big sonic boom. Whatever triggered the airquake wasn't the Space Shuttle.

    Popular Science - Aug 1992

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    SEARCHING FOR THE SECRETS OF GROOM LAKE

    A trip to the fencelines of Area 51, the secret Nevada airbase where the military goes when it wants to be left alone.

    Popular Science - Mar 1994

    DOWNLOAD PDF

    DECAVITATOR VS. FLYING FISH

    A pair of human-powered watercraft vie for the title of fastest.

    Popular Science - Jul 1993

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    HANDS-ON COMPUTING

    Multi-touch computer screens let users collaborate with no mouse.

    Scientific American - Jul 2008

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    MAKING DECISIONS IN A FLOOD OF DATA

    Sifting gigantic databases against each other reveals useful patterns that wouldn't have been apparent.

    Fortune - Aug 13, 2001

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    IT IS CURTAINS FOR GUTTA-PERCHA?

    Dentists still use this oldtimey material, which has also been essential to the development of golf balls and transoceanic telephone cables.

    Fortune - Dec 22, 2003

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    MAN FIXES TAPE RECORDER

    An ingenious NASA engineer fixes a tape recorder orbiting Jupiter aboard the Galileo space probe.

    Fortune - Jun 23, 2003

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    SEEING TRIPLE

    Anticipated for decades, machines are finally displaying real objects in three true dimensions.

    Scientific American - Jun 2007

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    TEST-DRIVING THE DESTROYATRON

    Imagine a machine that will take any object you put in it—anything at all—and reduce it to a cloud of atoms.

    Fortune - May 3, 2004

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    THE SOUND OF GLOBAL WARMING

    Cold War spy technology could become the world’s largest ocean thermometer to measure global warming. But will the residents object?

    Popular Science - Jul 1995

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    WORLD'S FASTEST SAILBOAT

    Two masts and three self-adjusting underwater wings make for one rapid hydrofoil.

    Popular Science - Jan 1991

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