The Song of the South

Hanoi's Communists won the Vietnam War, but Southern-born reformers are leading an economic boom as the country opens up to the world.

Death Squads Online

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.

The New Space Race

The future of the space industry is a 27-square-mile piece of desert in New Mexico near the White Sands Missile Range, about an hour's drive from the nearest city, Las Cruces.

Straight To The Heart

Toward the end of July, Capt. Brad Velotta began daydreaming a lot. He thought about making the summer's last run of salmon in Alaska's Russian River, where bears lumber down from the woods and chase fishermen out of the water.

The Digital Dark Age

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.

Bigger, Faster, Longer

Steve Fossett's fastest toys don't fit in his garage. That's impressive when you consider what he does keep under the roof at his oceanfront mansion in southern California: a $205,000 Ferrari 465 GT and a $234,000 Aston Martin Vanquish, both of which can hit 186mph.

Luxurious Reading

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.

GETTING THERE'S ALL THE FUN

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.

ALL TV SHOWS, ALL THE TIME

Suranga Chandratillake spent the last two years developing software to make sure fans won't ever miss another episode of "The Apprentice." Or any other television show, for that matter.

End of the Big Binge

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.

THE NEW VIDEO LIBRARIES

Suranga Chandratillake spent the last two years developing software to make sure fans won't ever miss another episode of "The Apprentice." Or any other television show, for that matter.

THE GAS MISER

Richard Pearce has turned out his old love, a 1989 Dodge pickup truck. In 2002 the 50-year-old retired soldier and his wife decided to bring a Toyota Prius hybrid back to their Virginia home.

THE GAS MISERS

Richard Pearce has turned out his old love, a 1989 Dodge pickup truck. In 2002 the 50-year-old retired soldier and his wife decided to bring a Toyota Prius hybrid back to their Virginia home.

The Gas Misers

Richard Pearce has turned out his old love, a 1989 Dodge pickup truck. In 2002 the 50-year-old retired soldier and his wife decided to bring a Toyota Prius hybrid back to their Virginia home.

SNAP JUDGEMENT: BOOKS

Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History by Lee HarrisSeptember 11 raised a vexing question: "Why do they hate us?" Lee Harris dispenses with hand-wringing about root causes of Arab unrest and blames our problems on an evolution in world conflict.

Pasting The Grade

Bilveer Singh has his own name for cheating in the digital age: "A and A," or "alteration and amendment." An associate political-science professor at the National University of Singapore, Singh grades hundreds of papers each year.

FINDING E-LOVE IN THE EU

With the continued expansion of the European Union, cross-border business, leisure and travel has never been easier. Why should romance be any different? Nowadays, the biggest challenge to finding a mate may be finding the time to meet them.

JOY RIDE

When the engineers at General Motors' Advanced Technology Group designed their latest concept car, called Hy-Wire, they didn't have your average middle-aged SUV-driving suburbanite in mind.

Space Plane

Once Allan Paull had backed his sport utility vehicle as close as he could get to the launchpad, he and his colleagues started unloading stacks of scientific textbooks from the trailer hitch.