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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Uptown Cab

AS BUILDINGS GROW TALLER, the problem of moving people within them becomes bigger. Kuala Lumpur's 450-metre Petronas Towers, for example, use double-decked elevators made by U.S. company Otis. But, as in many skyscrapers, passengers must transfer to other lift shafts at "sky lobbies," depending on how high they go. The reason: in super-tall structures, elevators cannot rise from bottom to top in a single shaft because their braided-steel cables are un-able to hoist them all the way.

Current elevators feature a "cab" transported in a frame up and down. But Otis has now come up with technology that allows cabs (colored in the diagram) to transfer to another frame with its own cables - horizontally as well as vertically. Cabs can even operate right around a building, and people need not step out of them till journey's end. Because the cabs move outside the shaft to load and unload passengers, more than one cab can use the same shaft at the same time. And no need for sky lobbies. Both time and space are saved. The system is more like a freeway than a train track. Only the sky is the limit.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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