Fact: Mattel has produced more cars than Detroit's Big Three combined. And 60% of Americans have owned at least one pair of Converse sneakers in their lifetime. This essential business trivia comes courtesy of Made in America: From Levi's to Barbie to Google, hot off the press, which traces the quirky genesis of 200 iconic "made in America" products.
Euro companies saddled with nation-specific .fr's and .be's can now do battle for a new domain extension--the .eu. Will it translate? The name game has been brewing since the 1990s, but there's speculation it could turn out to be a dot-thud like its .info and .biz predecessors.
Nerdfest! At Singapore's Third International Conference on Computational Intelligence, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems 2005, they'll groove on DNA computing, intelligent control, and humanoids--like sci-fi, only real. Check out Saab Aerosystems' session on "autonomous unmanned air vehicles." (http://ciras.nus.edu.sg)
Inspired by Carl Honore's "slow movement," Kansas City, Missouri's Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art debuts "Decelerate," a two-month exhibit by 10 artists rebelling against our obsession with schedules, speed, and stress. Bonus: free vino on opening night to help adjust your internal clock. (www.kemperart.org)
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