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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: From Balloons to Space Stations: Studying Cosmic Rays

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Cosmic rays have mysterious qualities about them that scientists continue to research in order to better understand their origins and composition. Dr. Eun-Suk Seo, a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, and her colleagues, fly enormous balloons as large as a football stadium and a volume of 40-million-cubic feet for extended periods over Antarctica to study particles coming from cosmic rays before they break up in the atmosphere.

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