On road maps, the new superhighway that curls through the pleasant woodlands surrounding Boston is known routinely as Route 128. But to U.S. industry, it is known more romantically as the Space Highway. Amid the landscaped woods of the industrial parks along commuter-clogged 128 are tucked scores of low, angular buildings bearing science-fiction names: Trans-Sonics, Tracerlab, Microwave, Dynametrics. These plants add up to the biggest and fastest-growing science-based complex* in the U.S., and provide the nation's most impressive proof of the vast new industrial potential of the electronics and space age....

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