In Brief: May 21, 2001

MYST WATCH If you lost sleep over Myst, the best-selling computer game of all time, put on some coffee: 500,000 copies of Myst 3: Exile ($45, for Windows and Mac) just hit stores. Exile has the same lush fantasy graphics as Myst, but now you can swivel your point of view a full 360 degrees to admire them. What's more, this time the puzzles are easier--not that you shouldn't still clear your calendar.

COPY CAUGHT Last week Louis Bloomfield, a physics professor at the University of Virginia, ran a simple pattern-matching program on his students' term papers to check for instances...

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