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Valerie Karplus September 26, 2003
Genetic modification of agricultural products like cotton, rice, and tomatoes has recently allowed small farmers in China to avoid spraying toxic pesticides on their crops. Pesticides – laborious to apply and proven to be harmful to your health – are now becoming obsolete because genetically modified (GM) crops are automatically resistant to the most common agricultural threats. But despite early...
September 22, 2003
As America's Global Positioning System (GPS) has become more widely used for both military and civilian purposes, European Union (EU) countries have felt an urge to develop their own satellite system in order not to depend on the US. Recently, China, as well as several other countries, decided to be part of EU's development of the new system known as Galileo. With more competition in...
Richard Waters September 21, 2003
Though it generates revenues equal to its next four competitors combined, Intel, the global leader in chip manufacturing, sees more and more competition coming from Asia. Intel CEO Craig Barrett argues that the next ten years will feature major upheavals in the capital intensive industry. To remain competitive, Intel must attract top talent, especially foreign nationals who have come to the US to...
Joshua Eisenman September 12, 2003
China plans to launch a man into space and eventually land on the moon. While such pursuits aim at heightening national pride and legitimizing the communist party's rule, they also spread fears over China's underlying intentions. Putting a man in space would confirm not only China's technological advance, but also its military capabilities, missile technology in particular. While...
Chris Buckley August 18, 2003
Few Chinese wait for the latest American film to open in local theatres to see it on big screen. Thanks to the internet and computer technology, pirated films are readily available throughout China long before their scheduled premiers. Small, locally owned pirate stores have emerged in cities and towns across the country, catering to China's growing market for pirated DVDs and costing the...
John Gittings July 21, 2003
While Beijing spends hundreds of millions of dollars installing surveillance equipment to restrict access to “harmful” information, an emerging civil society is gaining more and more freedom. To this increasingly demanding and sophisticated public, it's a choice between hearing rumors on the street and “going on the web,” and they increasingly choose the latter. Moreover, the growing...
Alok Jha July 3, 2003
The internet changed the world by making information accessible to computer users across the globe. Now, the evolution of the internet will increase those global ties tenfold while changing the way the world solves problems. Most users of the internet currently download information from servers onto their personal computers, or PCs. They are limited in how they use that information by the power...