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Hybrid Auto Sales? 'I'm Selling Every One I Can Get My Hands On'

With the price of gasoline nearing $4 a gallon, many American motorists are deciding that hybrid cars represent a technology whose time has come. Dealers are selling them as fast as they are delivered. But it takes a lot of driving to offset the sticker price.

In other technology news, the Brooklyn Bridge, which remains a powerful symbol of engineering and imagination, celebrated its 125th birthday last week. Thousands of people turned out for the party last Thursday. The bridge opened on May 24, 1883.

And a touring exhibit called "Building America's Canals" reveals the engineering challenges that were overcome in constructing the historic waterways that aided westward expansion. Created by the National Canal Museum in Easton, Pa., the exhibit is currently in Williamsport, Md.


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PODCASTS: Expanding With the Cosmos

Using the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ATC), a 6.5-meter microwave collector in Chile, cosmologists are piecing together the early history of the known universe. In an exclusive American Scientist interview, Arthur Kosowsky—a member of the ATC team and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh—discusses how he is using ATC to reach back in time billions of years to search for gravitational waves that could verify inflation and reveal unprecedented details about how the cosmos was born.

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