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Flash drives: always on the go, without moving parts
Camel milk comes to Europe
Better vision for the world, on a budget
The lie detector test: could your voice betray you?
Reconstructing shredded documents
Plastic bridges on the rise
A minor problem: no cigs for kids
Authenticating art: a computer that has an eye for Van Gogh

Flash drives: always on the go, without moving parts

The New York Times – Feb 17, 2005 – From humble origins as geeky novelties, thumb-size U.S.B. flash drives have grown into a billion-dollar market.

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Camel milk comes to Europe

The New York Times – Sep 16, 2009 – A Dutch farmer is currently the only one in Europe with permission to sell camel’s milk. He saw an untapped market in the rising number of immigrants to Europe from Somalia and Morocco, where camel’s milk has long been popular for its supposed curative properties.

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Better vision for the world, on a budget

The New York Times – Jan 2, 2010 – Self-adjustable spectacles, which let untrained wearers set the right focus themselves in less than a minute, greatly reduce the need for trained optometrists, who are rarely available in Africa and many parts of Asia. But the competition is sometimes palpable amongst the companies that want to be the first to distribute adjustable glasses in the millions...

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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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Reconstructing shredded documents

The New York Times – Jul 17, 2003 – Advanced scanning technology makes it possible to reconstruct documents previously thought safe from prying eyes, sometimes even pages that have been ripped into confetti-size pieces.

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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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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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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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