While it's too late to send in a hardware entry for the $10,000 prize of Cornelius Van Drebbel's Mad Design Contest, you still have time to submit an entry for the e-paper design for the $2,000 first-place prize. The contest, co-sponsored by NEC Electronics America and EDN magazine, features designs using NEC Electronics' 8-bit microcontrollers. Entries are being accepted through Jan. 5, 2005. Go to www.maddesigncontest.com for more info.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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