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In this issue:  Faster computers, safer driving, and
alternatives to gasoline.

CIO says IBM has developed technology to speed up the way
large computer networks access and share information, with
implications for solving problems such as issuing tsunami
warnings and improving medical research.
Information Age says that Microsoft is acknowledging Linux
with plans to support it with its virtualization software.

Electronic manufacturing and consumers confront a rising
tide of counterfeit electronics, according to IEEE
Spectrum.  Feeding this problem is the shift of
manufacturing to China, the growing sophistication of
technology, and the rise of the Internet as a marketplace.

The Motley Fool gives statistics on the dangers of eating or
drinking while driving.

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Investment Advisor interviews Milton Ezrati, senior economic
and marketing strategist with Lord Abbet, on the possible
avian flu pandemic's role in the financial world.

Solar panels on the roof.  Hybrid car in the garage. 
Organic-cotton clothes in the closet.  Today's eco-radicals
are voting with their dollars, according to Wired.
Chemistry World reports that the annual loss of around 1% of
the world's permafrost areas will trigger the release of
more greenhouse gases, starting a vicious circle that could
make global warming even worse than anticipated.

Before we can debate national energy policy -- or even
decide which petroleum substitutes might make sense for our
personal vehicles -- we need to know how these things stack
up in the real world.  So Popular Mechanics crunched the
numbers on alternative fuels.
Reason asks if the planet is running out of gas.  If it is,
what should the Bush administration do about it?

Culture Vulture says United 93 -- the just-released film
about the airplane passengers who fought back against the
9/11 terrorists -- is a powerful and engrossing account,
undiluted by the sentimentality that often mars Hollywood
depictions of history.

Smithsonian says that new observations could shed light on
how dinosaurs evolved and how their muscles and blood
vessels worked.  And the new findings might help settle a
long-running debate about whether dinosaurs were
warmblooded, coldblooded -- or both.
Neuromorphic engineering has been around for 20 years, and
IEEE Spectrum says its first fruits are finally approaching
the market.  The likely first application is bionics.