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Ferris wheels are back, and the bigger the better
Expo Seeks Greener Pastures
The Superbus mixes rail and road
World Press Photo under pressure as picture-taking evolves
UHDV: Just like high-definition TV, but with higher definition
QR codes connect paper and online worlds by cellphone camera
Year of the documentary film, again
Green ship-breaking making waves

Ferris wheels are back, and the bigger the better

The New York Times – June 28, 2007 – The success of the London Eye has reinvigorated demand for Ferris wheels, with new “observation wheels” recently opening or being built in Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia, with others planned for Berlin, Dubai, and Beijing. And like with skyscrapers, a heated competition is under way for the world’s tallest.

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Expo Seeks Greener Pastures

Wired News – Oct 31, 2000 – Plagued by financial troubles, bad weather and scandals, the notion of world's fairs has come under fire. Are they relics of the 20th century, or do they have a place in the new millennium?

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The Superbus mixes rail and road

The Economist – Sep 21, 2006 – Maglev trains are expensive; buses are cheap. The Superbus, a high-tech road vehicle, is a compromise between the two. It is an electric bus designed to be able to switch seamlessly between ordinary roads and dedicated “supertracks”, on which it can reach speeds of 250kph.

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World Press Photo under pressure as picture-taking evolves

The New York Times – May 3, 2005 – The proliferation of cameras in more and more devices, like cellphones, is gradually turning everyone into an aspiring shutterbug. But World Press Photo is open to professionals only, which explains why some of the biggest news photos of 2004 were conspicuously absent.

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UHDV: Just like high-definition TV, but with higher definition

The New York Times – Jun 3, 2004 – High-definition television may be only just beginning to catch on, but researchers at the Japanese national broadcaster NHK are already working on a successor. The format, called Ultra High Definition Video, or UHDV, has a resolution 16 times greater than plain-old HDTV, and its stated goal is to achieve a level of sensory immersion that approximates actually being there.

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QR codes connect paper and online worlds by cellphone camera

The New York Times – Oct 4, 2004 – Focusing your camera phone on a code and then clicking any button launches a wireless service -- for example, the ability to buy a train ticket, check an airplane's departure time, or download a ring tone from a store display.

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Year of the documentary film, again

The New York Times – Nov 30, 2004 – If sheer numbers mean anything, the much-discussed documentary-film revival of the last year continues unabated. What remains less clear is whether the documentary world's next wave will remain as firmly polemical as the last, which grabbed attention and a surprisingly large share of the box office for hard-edged message films.

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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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