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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2005-09-21

In this issue:  Gas mileage, a massive identity-theft ring,
and hurricanes.

Can copper tubing, cheap magnets and wacky gimmicks really
boost your gas mileage by as much as 300 percent?  Popular
Mechanics puts the gadgets to the test.
BusinessWeek says that Camcon Technology Ltd. has a
technology called Intelligent Valve Actuation (IVA) that
replaces the camshaft with an ingenious electromechanical
device that the company claims can cut emissions and crank
out more power.

Researchers have stumbled on what appears to be a massive
identity-theft ring hijacking confidential data from
millions of infected computers, according to PC Magazine.

Smart Money shares 10 things your plumber won't tell you.

Science News asks whether climate change has made hurricanes
fiercer, or whether such claims are hot air.

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Eye says that Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage is a slick
and thoroughly enjoyable flick; proof that politics and
blockbusters don't have to be hostile bedfellows.
Proof, starring Anthony Hopkins and Gweneth Paltrow, went
terribly wrong and one of the fine theatrical experiences of
recent years has been turned into celluloid dross, according
to Culture Vulture.
Eye says that despite a few enjoyable comic moments, both
intentional and unintentional, Cry Wolf is pretty boring --
and not the least bit scary.
Culture Vulture says that Thumbsucker suggests that maybe
there is something terribly wrong in our nation where
everyone ends up needing to be addicted to something.

New reproductive technologies are redefining the scientific
ground rules of reproduction.  Ifeminists says these
technologies may also redefine the American politics
surrounding reproduction, including the issue of abortion.
In late September, a contemporary Scopes trial gets under
way in Pennsylvania.  The American Prospect says it is an
attack on intellectualism.