Not long ago, Mohammed Kika found out that his name had appeared on a London-based Web site run by Sunni exiles from Iraq. The Baghdad man was accused of betraying other Sunnis to a Shiite militia in the mixed neighborhood of Mansour, receiving a $200 bounty for each one he identified.
When Richard Masters worries about how much digital information is lost to posterity every day, he thinks back to 1972. That year Landsat began transmitting a steady stream of infrared images of Earth, giving scientists their first clear view of how the planet's surface changes over time.
Richard David Story edits a magazine so exclusive it has no name. To get a subscription you have to hold a Centurion card, offered by American Express by invitation only to those who spend at least $200,000 a year on their cards.Believe it or not, this beyond-glossy category is booming.
Steve Fossett's fastest toys don't fit in his garage. This fact is impressive when you consider what he does keep under the roof at his oceanfront mansion in southern California: a Ferrari 465 GT, priced at $205,000, and a $234,000 Aston Martin Vanquish, both of which can hit 300kph on a straightaway.
There are basically two kinds of people who buy big-screen TVs: the bachelor and the married guy. In this view, according to David Katzmaier, a TV reviewer and senior editor at CNET.com, the married guy makes "compromises"; he looks for a less intrusive screen that "blends in," perhaps sacrificing size to his wife's taste in interior design.