Secrets, Part Two

Another Case of High-Tech High Jinks?

As if they weren't in enough trouble for letting the Chinese steal nuclear secrets, the national labs are about to get blasted for some high-tech appropriation of their own. In the past six years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has raked in $3.5 million in commercial license fees--and many millions more in government contracts--for a new ultra-wide-band "pulse" radar that can peer through walls and spot Stealth planes. Former Livermore researcher THOMAS MCEWAN filed his first patent for "micropower impulse radar" in 1993, for which he was named "Distinguished Inventor of 1994."

The problem is, McEwan wasn't the first to invent...

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