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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2001-12-19

We would like to wish a merry Christmas to our readers. 
This week's issue features the mother of all trade shows,
the mathematics of trucking, tips on online health
information, and the biology behind winter depression.
---Air Travel---
Salon considers the feasibility of a system that might
prevent planes from entering no-fly zones by letting
software override the will of the pilot.
A piece in The American Prospect tries to reason why, if
Americans appreciate the importance of good architecture,
architecture in America is generally so boring.
A Salon writer visits a trade show for people who organize
trade shows, finding marketing nirvana.
A Wired article looks at the changes that math- and
tech-intensive logistics have wrought on the trucking
A Fast Company piece advocates counterintuitive -- and just
plain weird -- ideas for keeping your company strong and

An HHMI Bulletin article reports on a program that helps
isolated rural science teachers create exciting classes,
despite lack of funds and professional support, by adapting
experiments to the available natural resources.
A Smart Computing article weighs the pros and cons of
looking for health information online and provides tips for
those who do so.
Science News reports on the first study to identify the
biological underpinnings of winter depression.
Time Europe lauds Peter Jackson's film version of J.R.R.
Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

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---U.S. Politics & Society---
According to The New Republic, elements including rising
unemployment and health care costs are combining to create
the health-policy equivalent of a perfect storm.
A Fast Company article voices "the hard truth about New
York": that the city is facing a serious economic decline
and will be revived not by leaders, but by perseverance on a
grassroots level.
The American Prospect argues that term limit laws are
demonstrably damaging to the legislatures subject to them,
and therefore to governance.
Wired looks at what may be an inevitable development in
American society:  ubiquitous, networked electronic

---World Politics & Society---
A FEER article profiles new Afghan leader Hamid Karzai,
opining that, because Karzai is neither a warlord nor a
career politician, his chances of success are above average.
Time Europe writes of the important choices that the
children of Europe's Muslim immigrants face about their