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Summer 2003


Volume 19, Issue 1

FEATURES

More than a century ago, an innovative word-processing device combined a single removable type element, an unconventional, scientifically designed keyboard, and the latest in lightweight materials
THE HELMET IS OLDER THAN THE CITY-STATE AND NEWER THAN THE AIRPLANE
HOW TECHNOLOGY THAT WAS DEVELOPED FOR SECRET INTELLIGENCE-GATHERING BECAME A KEY TO BETTER MAMMOGRAPHY
EVEN BEFORE THEY ARRIVED ON CONSUMERS’ PLATES, THEY SHOWED GREAT PROMISE-AND ATTRACTED GREAT OPPOSITION
SEVENTY YEARS AGO IT WAS THE CUTTING EDGE OF AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY. NOW IT’S BACK.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan has made a career of discovering unlikely truths about our material world and how it got that wayand still finds colleagues who think the subject isn’t quite legitimate

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