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Happy anniversary, B-2 Stealth Bomber

Nineteen years ago today, the U.S. Air Force flew a B-2 Spirit bomber—better known as the Stealth Bomber—for the first time. The flight came at a cost of billions of dollars, as the sophisticated technology that allows the bomber to evade radar detection required far more development than the Air Force had budgeted...

July 17, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Radiohead launches new camera-less video

The Oxfordshire band known for taking digital risks has done it again. 

Last October Radiohead released their album In Rainbows as a digital download with a pay-whatever-you-want price tag...

July 15, 2008 — Christie Nicholson

Space shuttle: 10 flights to go before retirement

NASA has set target launch dates for the final eight space shuttle flights before the program is mothballed in 2010. That makes a total of 10 flights between now and retirement: one mission in October to upgrade and repair the Hubble Space Telescope, followed by nine more to finish assembly of the International Space Station (ISS), starting in November with a mission to repair faulty rotary joints in the station's movable solar panels...

July 11, 2008 — JR Minkel

Apple's latest line: New 3G iPhone hits the streets

The wait is over. Apple's new iPhone 3G goes on sale today, promising to download information twice as fast as its predecessor, featuring a built-in global-positioning system (GPS) and running hundreds of new software programs, including one from the Associated Press that uses the GPS to determine the iPhone owner's location and automatically send him or her local news articles...

July 11, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Implant for children promises to straighten young spines

Scientists in Spain and France have developed a new implant designed to help children with scoliosis, abnormal curvature of the spine. Developed at NADAR Computerized Medical Systems in Langreo, Spain, the implant uses a hydraulic piston to apply a force between two points along the spine—gradually straightening the excess bend, according to New Scientist ...

July 11, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Making Beautiful Music: Why the Stradivarius Violin is Worth Millions

The wood, of course. Using x-ray images taken from multiple different angles, radiologist Berend Stoel of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands proved that the spruce and maple wood used in five violins made either by Antonio Stradivari or Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù—the rival master luthiers of Cremona—had fewer variations in their density than that in seven contemporary violins...

July 5, 2008 — David Biello

It's official: iPhone 3G ships on July 11

Despite the rumor mill nearly doing his job for him, it took nearly an hour and a half for Steve Jobs to mention the big news during his morning keynote at this week's Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference: The second iteration of the iPhone, dubbed the 3G iPhone, will be available for purchase on July 11...

June 9, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

Star Trek--Original Series: Where no pixel has gone before

Thanks to insomnia, I have gone where only the most dedicated fans of Star Trek --the Original Series have gone before. It was 3 A.M. and I switched on the TV to somnambulantly wander with my remote through the hazy media netherworld of half hour infomercials, advertisement-pocked B horror flicks and tedious reruns of the Andy Griffith Show ...

August 2, 2007 — Michael J. Battaglia

The Organic Automaton

When will computers become living, sentient beings? In movies, it is commonly depicted as an abrupt, unforeseen epiphany. Ray Kurzweil has predicted (in our pages and elsewhere) that personal computers will be able to run real-time, full-up simulations of the human brain by the 2020s...

August 17, 2006 — George Musser

Doomsday: Not As Much Fun As You'd Think

Why is doomsday so fun to think about? Maybe it fulfills the same role as the frontier once did: to allow us to envision a new world that we can shape from scratch.

August 4, 2006 — George Musser

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