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Authenticating art: a computer that has an eye for Van Gogh
Congratulations all around: art prizes on the rise
The doctors were real, the patients undercover
A minor problem: no cigs for kids
Fingerprints for car parts
Green ship-breaking making waves
The lie detector test: could your voice betray you?
Despite grabbing headlines, art prices don't appreciate well

Authenticating art: a computer that has an eye for Van Gogh

The New York Times – Jun 13, 2004 – Now a team of researchers in the Netherlands have developed a computer system that quickly examines hundreds of paintings for telltale patterns. The results, they say, can lend credence to existing attributions or help dismiss them.

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Congratulations all around: art prizes on the rise

The New York Times – April 3, 2005 – Over the last few years, museums large and small have started awarding their own prizes, usually named after the institution and sponsored by a corporate donor, to capitalize on the glamour associated with contemporary art.

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The doctors were real, the patients undercover

The New York Times – Nov 20, 2009 – It had all the markings of a television detective show. Posing as patients, three undercover observers got themselves admitted as patients to a locked psychiatric ward to investigate conditions on the inside. And a remote team monitored the project via hidden cameras and microphones from a command center in a nearby hotel.

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A minor problem: no cigs for kids

Wired News – Nov 6, 20002 – Customers will still be able to buy tobacco from the machines using cash or coins, provided they insert the AgeKey-encrypted card beforehand, which electronically "unlatches" the machine.

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Fingerprints for car parts

The Economist – Dec 8, 2005 – Microdots are tiny polyester particles that can be sprayed on to valuable items such as car parts. Under ultraviolet light and a magnifying glass, any one of these dots can reveal the host vehicle's unique identity number.

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Green ship-breaking making waves

The Economist – Dec 8, 2005 – The low-tech graveyards where ships are picked apart by hand could give way to a greener, more high-tech alternative.

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The lie detector test: could your voice betray you?

The New York Times – July 1, 2004 – Beyond their applications in law enforcement, lie-detector tests are being used in everything from telemarketing to matchmaking. But the technology's reliability is still a matter of debate.

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Despite grabbing headlines, art prices don't appreciate well

The New York Times – Oct 30, 2009 – Art traded from 1951 to 2007 appreciated just a little more than 4 percent annually, much less than the Standard & Poor’s 500 average of 8.90 percent over the same period. The figure is also significantly less than figures from previous studies that pegged art’s annual returns at 8 percent or even 13 percent.

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