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Summer 2000

Volume 16, Issue 1


The vagus-nerve stimulator cuts down on seizures—but no one knows why

A machine to do the work of a bank teller? The idea sounded great to everyone—except bankers.
With his telephone just beginning to ignite a communications revolution, Alexander Graham Bell was already coming up with the next big thing

Discovering it took luck. Developing it into a successful product took all of Du Pont’s technological resources—and the zeal of one French entrepreneur.

The code-breaking machines of World War II took data-processing technology to its very limits in the era before computers
How the common prospector won the Cold War, beat the big oil companies, tamed the Colorado Plateau, made and lost a fortune—and got lung cancer for his troubles

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