" Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good. "
P. G. Wodehouse

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Taipei 101 Becomes World's Tallest Building

On October 17, 2003, a pinnacle placed atop Taiwan's Taipei 101 allowed it to surpass the height of what had once been the tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by 188 ft (57.2 m). Designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes, Taipei 101 houses a massive pendulum suspended from the 92nd floor to counteract swaying. Its elevators set a record in 2004 with top ascending speeds of 37.5 mph (63 km/h). What is currently the world's tallest structure?



The Lindbergh Operation

The first so-called transatlantic operation, the Lindbergh Operation was a telesurgical procedure performed in September 2001 by a team of French surgeons located in New York on a patient in Strasbourg, France. The minimally invasive procedure to remove the patient's gallbladder was performed by a surgical robot that received instructions from a doctor via a high-speed fiber optic service. The virtual elimination of what inherent aspect of long-distance transmissions made the procedure possible?

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Arthur Miller

Miller was an American dramatist whose plays often deal with morality and the pressures exerted by family and society. The Crucible, one of his most famous works, is a dramatization of the 17th-century Salem witch trials and a parable about the US in the McCarthy era. His masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, was the first play to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. In 1956, Miller married what famous movie star?

Last updated on Saturday, 17th October 2009

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