iCandy: Checking Things Out

A space telescope's mirror array, a liquid scanner at airports, and a body-mounted video camera are among the tools for examining what's around us

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More proof that computers are only as smart as we make them comes from Nuits-Saint-Georges, France, where Gérard Chaussée received a phone bill totaling US $1.02 billion. Even if he’d been paying $1 per minute, to rack up those charges Chaussée would have had to place an unending call more than 1800 years before the telephone was invented.

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