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A fire on the moon

Forty years ago this week, three men were strapped into a metal capsule perched atop a 36-story marvel of engineering that had three million parts, enough liquid hydrogen to blow up a small city, and five titanic rocket engines, but less computing power than you can find today on your desktop PC. On July 16, 1969, the fuse was lit and the three-stage Saturn V, the most powerful machine ever built, lifted ma ...

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Rat Pack

We caught up with Fred, our favorite talking mouse, in Vegas this week. We found him sunning himself by the pool at the Bellagio, wearing some oversized Ray-Ban sunglasses. What's with the shades? ''Too much neon. It's messing up my Circadian rhythm,'' he said. ''Besides, I've got to keep a low profile. CIA may want me to take over for their chief Congressional briefer. The last piece of limburger they sent ...

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Talk to the hand

The fiscal calamity in California moved closer to the brink of total collapse this week, as the state —which has yet to pass a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1—printed up nearly $600-million worth of IOUs. Unless Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger manages to miraculously find a way to close a mammoth $24-billion budget gap during the holiday weekend, the first wave of 30,000 promissory notes will start ...

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