Magazine article Reason

Balance Sheet

Magazine article Reason

Balance Sheet

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Free Head

Tennessee may follow Kentucky and Louisiana in ditching its mandatory motorcycle helmet laws.

File Finding

Canadian Justice Konrad von Finckenstein rules that music swappers do not violate Canadian copyright laws. The Canadian Recording Industry Association wanted the names of 29 file-swappers from Internet service providers.

Hull Yes

European engineers respond to an expected rampup in Baltic Sea shipping traffic with plans for new double-hulled oil tankers that should make massive oil spills unlikely. The Baltic states have shown sustained economic growth with pro-market reforms.

Digital Detente

Sun and Microsoft vow to quit warring and actually build software. Apparently, Microsoft's $1.6 billion payout to settle Sun's legal claims bought a lot of goodwill.

Rat Whole

An international team of researchers succeed in mapping the genome of the lowly laboratory rat, an accomplishment that could lead to great improvements in human health.

Autism Insight

A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry purports to locate one of the genes that contribute to autism. "Identifying all or most of the genes involved," according to the study's lead author, "will lead to new diagnostic tools and new approaches to treatment."

Diet Chips

One of the first commercial DNA chips to hit the market allows for the testing of any meat product for the presence of up to 32 species of mammals. Maybe not such a great idea for hot dogs, but hey, knowledge is power.

Freeze Flap

Aussie anti-alcohol activists fret that a new vodka-flavored ice cream will hook kids on booze. …

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