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2008 Gadget Guide

ScientificAmerican.com presents some of this year's most exciting high-tech toys as well as gadgets to make the planet greener and inventions designed to deliver the most basic needs to developing countries

  • November 18, 2008

With gadgets like these to work with, no wonder Julia Child quit the spy game

The National Archives' recent decision to open more than 35,000 official personnel files of men and women who served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)—the U.S.'s intelligence agency during World War II and the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)—has shed new light on the roles that chef Julia Child, actor Sterling Hayden, 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche and others played during the early days of American espionage.

August 15, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Tech award winners focus on putting gadgetry to good use worldwide

The Tech Museum of Innovation today named 25 laureates as winners of its 2008 Tech Award for using technology to "benefit humanity and spark global change." The awards are broken down into five categories (education, equality, environment, economic development and health); Tech Awards executive director Lee Wilkerson says that in November one winner in each category will receive a $50,000 cash prize during an awards ceremony in San Jose, Calif.

September 9, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Gadget Calculates Carbon Footprint

A student competition-winning project automatically calculates your carbon footprint while traveling. Cynthia Graber reports.

March 3, 2008

Gadget Envy

All-in-one cell phones can do just about anything

October 1, 2004 — Mark Alpert

20 Gadgets You Want

Popular applications of science and technology for you to give and get

November 21, 2007 — Larry Greenemeier

20 Gadgets We Love

Objects of desire for folks who appreciate the application of science to the problem of cool

November 20, 2006 — Christopher Mims
Buying Green: 7 Ecofriendly Products

Buying Green: 7 Ecofriendly Products

SciAm takes a look at new products, from environmentally friendly suede jackets to biodegradable toilet paper

September 1, 2008 — Steven Ashley

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