It used to be that the names used by sociologists and geographers to label and describe populated areas were mostly related to their proximity to an urban center. A suburb is a community situated just outside the city, while an exurb or an edge city is a community that lies just outside the suburbs. Lately, however, areas now most often have labels that reflect their infrastructure, amenities, or population.

In recent years, for example, we've seen the rise of a new kind of exurb with a city-quality infrastructure and industries: the technoburb . This is an example of an accidental city , an exurb that, over time and without design, morphs into a true city, although with its amenities and services decentralized and spread throughout the community. Technoburbia forms part of what some call the middle landscape , the area between where a large city's suburbs end and the rural regions begin.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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