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Congratulations all around: art prizes on the rise
UHDV: Just like high-definition TV, but with higher definition
Animal speech: Attention, cows: please speak into the microphone
Plastic bridges on the rise
Ferris wheels are back, and the bigger the better
Collapsible shipping container, packed flat
Virtual volunteers listen, then reach out
Sped up audio: Now Hear This, Quickly

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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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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Animal speech: Attention, cows: please speak into the microphone

The New York Times – Oct 31, 2002 – Though it all sounds very Dr. Dolittle, the sounds that many animal species make can be analyzed and identified using many of the same techniques that have allowed human voice recognition to make the leap from high-tech novelty to valuable application.

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Plastic bridges on the rise

The Economist – June 9, 2005 – New design and construction techniques mean that bridges can be put together in a matter of days—and they can even be made out of plastic.

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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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Collapsible shipping container, packed flat

The Economist – Dec 30, 2009 – A Dutch engineer has invented a collapsible plastic shipping container which, he hopes, will replace the steel ones. Because it is made of a fibreglass composite, it weighs only three-quarters as much as a standard container but—more importantly— when it is empty, it can be folded down to a quarter of its size.

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Virtual volunteers listen, then reach out

The New York Times – Jan 27, 2005 – Virtual volunteers at an aid network known as Nabuur give people in the developing world advice on projects like how to start a youth computer-training center, improve local water quality, or better integrate the village's disabled people. The assumption is that small communities can carry out many public-works projects by themselves if provided with the right information.

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Sped up audio: Now Hear This, Quickly

The New York Times – Oct 2, 2003 – Most research has shown that people learn just as well when listening to speech recordings that are played back at two or even three times normal speed. "People who are listening at accelerated speeds learn just as much, and there's some evidence they may learn even a bit more''...

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