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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Chinese firms are often accused of intellectual property violations, but this 8-megabyte phase-change RAM chip is a genuine Chinese innovation. The chip was developed jointly by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., and Microchip Technology.

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