Benjamin Sutherland

Technology That Locates the Origin of Sniper Fire

Making decisions in battle, Prussian military strategist Karl Von Clausewitz wrote two centuries ago, is akin to making life-or-death choices "in a mere twilight" with one's surroundings shrouded by the "effect of a fog or moonshine." In today's military jargon, it's called "poor situational awareness." Soldiers under fire express the idea with a simple question: where exactly are these bullets coming from?

The Cash-Machine Capers

Forcing open cash machines is risky work. Those who try with a car must smash into the hunk of steel driving at least 40kph for a shot at success—and ATMs often withstand even faster charges, says Travis Yates, head driving trainer at the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma.

Follow The Eyes

It's sometimes known as the trigger, the kicker or the launching pad: the part of a package a shopper is looking at when he decides to flip the cereal box to read the back.

Autos: Pay As You Drive

Those little GPS navigation devices on the dashboard have made driving unfamiliar terrain a lot easier. Now an innovation that combines Global Positioning technology with mobile phones promises to make driving a lot cheaper, for some.

Automating the Paris Metro

Even in a country that's long prided itself on its trains, the Paris Métro stands out. It's fast, easy to navigate, clean, inexpensive and, with 16 lines serving 297 stations, remarkably dense—leading many transport experts to consider it the world's premier metro.

Graceful Injuries

Fouette, sauté, jeté, hospital stay? Ballet movements lead to injuries in almost half of professional dancers over 40, according to the University Hospital of Geneva in Switzerland.