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Spring 2001

Volume 16, Issue 4


The making of the least appreciated technological breakthrough of World War II—the Proximity Fuze
How today’s computer printers came to eject microscopic dots with amazing precision

Just before the Linotype made them obsolete, the men who set type by hand raced one another for money, glory, and beer

At the dawn of genetic engineering, scientists and citizens had to balance freedom of inquiry against public safety. They did surprisingly well.
A fundamental change in the way tires are made improved automobile performance enormously—but it was a very hard change to make happen

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