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Your Own Virtual Storyworld

True interactive entertainment will arise once engineers and artists create virtual realities that can unfold improvisationally

By Glorianna Davenport

The Vasimr Rocket

There used to be two types of rocket: powerful but fuel-guzzling, or efficient but weak. Now there is a third option that combines the advantages of both

By Franklin R. Chang Díaz

The Odd Couple and the Bomb

Like a story by Victor Hugo as told to Neil Simon, the events leading up to the first controlled nuclear chain reaction involved accidental encounters among larger-than-life figures, especially two who did not exactly get along--but had to

By William Lanouette

Music Wars

Internet distribution of quality d-audio is rapidly being perfected, but the precedent-setting legal battles have just begun

By Ken C. Pohlmann

Moviemaking in Transition

Digital video cameras and editing equipment are transforming the way movies are made-and even which movies get made

By Peter Broderick

Digital Humans Wait in the Wings

Characters, scenes and entire movies have been crafted digitally. But can animators create realistic humans to star in computer-generated films? Actors want to know

By Alvy Ray Smith

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