It's a Mod, Mod World

For computer game developers, encouraging users to modify copyrighted material is good for business

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Id Software's popular Quake III [top] has spawned hundreds of mods, including this bloodthirsty bunny [bottom] by pseudonymous gamers Black Cat and Marauxus. TOP: ID SOFTWARE/BOTTOM: BLACK CAT AND MARAUXUS

People live—they don't just play—the new game called The Sims Online. Its appeal lies in its malleability, as is true of its PC-centric predecessor, The Sims, a people simulator that is the best-selling computer game of all time. Players design their alter ego Sims characters from the DNA up, dictating not only the color of their skin, but also the style of their sofas. Some players are even hacking into the game to allow their characters to appear in the buff.

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

10 min read
University of Florida

What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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