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A Lingua Franca article looks at the science of concert hall
New Scientist explains that Chinese orange growers have for
17 centuries relied upon a fierce biting ant to protect
their groves, and it still seems the best way.
U.S. News reports on research showing that liposuctioned fat
can be a source of valuable stem cells.
New Scientist interviews a researcher whose inquiries into
autism have found a large number of undiagnosed autism
sufferers are male scientists.  (This may explain the
uncanny focus of our CEO.)
---Under the Sea---
FEER reports that biotechnology will help humans tap the
vast resources of the ocean, but advances may come too late
to stop threats to biodiversity.
Science News writes of a new source of environmentally clean
electricity generated from ocean waves.
Scientific American explains the science behind new
technology that will allow vessels and projectiles to travel
underwater at jet-like speeds.

New Scientist reviews "Buried Alive", a new book on the
history of humankind's fascination with, and fear of,
premature interment.
 Buy this book:
Salon reviews "Secret Places", a memoir by an amateur
ethnographer who lived among former headhunters and even
sampled their cuisine.
 Buy this book:
---The Internet---
A Wired article paints a picture of the broadband future. 
Content will be rich and fast, but it won't be free.
A Web Techniques article looks at how companies'
cease-and-desist letters can seriously backfire when they
meet up with Net culture.
A very special Yahoo! Internet Life article narrates the
process of recovering from AOL addiction.
DSL Internet service can make web pages load up to
50 times faster than your dial-up modem.
Free activiation and no annual contract.
FIRST MONTH FREE for a limited time.

---U.S. Society & Politics---
A Salon article examines the generation of young people who
got hooked on credit cards when economic times were good and
are now filing for bankruptcy in record numbers.
New Republic laments that conservatives' principled
opposition to China has withered as greed for the Chinese
market grows.
---World Politics---
Can Joseph Kabila, who replaced his assassinated father as
the leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo, turn his
country around?  Time Europe assesses his chances.
A government-backed monopoly has seized Russia's only major
independent TV network.  A New Republic article attempts to
explain why most Russians don't seem to mind.
Time Asia distills four lessons Washington should learn from
the spy plane crisis in China.
---Social Issues---
According to a U.S. News article, evidence is building that
Russian soldiers are committing atrocities in Chechnya.
A Time article defends 'Survivor'-type TV shows on the
grounds that they're actually moral.
Does watching a murderer's execution bring closure to the
victims' families?  Salon explores the issues surrounding
the decision to show Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's
execution on closed-circuit TV.

A Fast Company article foresees the reemergence of guilds as
the "free agent" sector of the workforce grows.
U.S. News delivers an obituary for online delivery service
Time reports that government support may help get the
e-health industry off the ground.
Industry Standard reports on the health care sector's shock
that the Bush administration actually upheld Clinton-era
medical privacy restrictions.
---Technology in Business---
When Dallas bureaucrats realized that only one IT employee
remained who could work the city's antique operating system,
they knew they had to upgrade.  CIO follows their story.
Fast Company interviews the author of Lotus Notes and a new
peer-to-peer application called Groove about how P2P will
improve business communication.
An Industry Standard article shows how offline travel agents
have survived, even thrived, when online services were
supposed to put them out of business.
PC World covers an experts' meeting on how to secure the
wireless Web.

With colleges bidding for the highest scorers, a Time
article reports, more scholarships are going to students who
don't need them.
Education Week reports that all 16,000 of Hawaii's public
school teachers, from kindergarten to grad school, are on
---Non-Groundbreaking Scientific News---
Golf Digest takes to the lab to test the impact forces of
golf balls on crash dummies.  The results?  Getting
hit in the head with a golf ball can be very bad.