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Stories by Peter Brown

Ball Bearings

Cheap steel was key to allowing the routine design of parts that rolled against one another

September 1, 2009 — Peter Brown

The Color Blue

The natural pigment was once a "precious" color

September 1, 2009 — Peter Brown

The Paper Clip

Despite its shortcomings, the iconic design will likely stick around

September 1, 2009 — Peter Brown

Groups outline nuclear weapon reduction plans as Obama highlights issue

It's a busy time for nuclear-policy analysts: Just days after President Obama told a crowd of 20,000 in Prague that the U.S. had a “moral responsibility" to take the lead in ridding the world of nuclear weapons, two groups have come forward with their own blueprints for doing so.

April 8, 2009 — Peter Brown

How We All Learned to Make The Bomb

Doctor Atomic, a new opera about to open at the Met, brings nuclear proliferation, "rogue states" and the terrorists' dream of a dirty bomb back to the first "ground zero"

October 13, 2008 — Peter Brown
Privacy in an Age of Terabytes and Terror

Privacy in an Age of Terabytes and Terror

Introduction to SciAm's issue on Privacy. Our jittery state since 9/11, coupled with the Internet revolution, is shifting the boundaries between public interest and "the right to be let alone"

August 18, 2008 — Peter Brown

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