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New Global Security?

The reaction of Europe's leaders to Bush's missile defense policy was muted. They will have to do better than that

Popular Uprising (The Arts/Books)

Terror-weary Basques may break the nationalists' grip on power

The Unlikely Informer

How an American working for the FBI managed to infiltrate one of Ulster's deadliest terrorist groups

The Queen of Mean

Being nasty to hapless quiz-show contestants has brought Britain's Anne Robinson fame and fortune


Bigger vs. Faster

Airbus and Boeing are betting on very different visions of the future of flying


Shadows and Light

A survey of Vermeer and his fellow artists in Delft shows why he was the master

Who WANS2B a Poet?

Fans of the short text message claim this abbreviated method of communication could be a new art form

Building a Digital Ark

An online library of the natural world takes shape, thanks to Internet advances and a U.S. company

Rhapsody in Blah

In the move from page to screen, Captain Corelli's Mandolin could have used some more fine tuning

Us vs. Them

A British journalist finds truth stranger than fiction



Wireless applications have fallen out of vogue owing to market delays. Now the emphasis is on the underlying technology that will permit mobile data services to work more expeditiously and on using wireless to improve office connectivity and efficiency.


The European stars in this sector show particular strengths in semiconductors, particularly high-speed opto-electronic and all-optical regeneration components as well as active fibers. These component firms are feeding equipment vendors, allowing them to design the transmission systems of tomorrow.


Last summer researchers announced they had completed a rough draft of the human genome. Now the challenge is to sort out this new information so it can be put to use in battling disease. Proteins are the missing link between the genetic code and the disease process. Europe has promising companies in the emerging area of prote-omics, the study of proteins. Other European companies are first to market in developing new classes of drugs.


The chips and microprocessors that power not only personal computers but also an increasingly broad array of consumer electronic devices, everything from third-generation cellular phones to MP3 music players and personal digital assistants.

Business Applications

For the Internet to truly revolutionize the way we live and work, websites need to be automated to give good customer service, secure payment systems put into place, convenient infrastructure devised for the delivery of goods ordered online, content transmitted seamlessly to consumers regardless of the device they are using at the time and supply chains and internal networks made more efficient. These companies make the under-the-hood stuff aimed at making that happen.

The Next Frontier

Largely unscathed by the tech bloodbath of 2000, a promising generation of European entrepreneurs looks to the future

In Enemy Quarters

Juha Christensen, a Symbian cofounder and confirmed anti-Softie, is now working for Microsoft. Why the change of heart?

Back to Square One

Netrepreneur Johan Staël von Holstein is starting over, and vows to learn from his mistakes


Game Without Frontiers

Southern Africa's National Parks are linking up over national borders to create vast Peace Parks


World Watch (Notebook)

A weekly roundup of news from across the globe