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Week in pictures: Map flap

roundup Microsoft pits Virtual Earth against Google's map offering. Also: The Vista OS, Discovery's orbit and solar 'rayce' finale.

Microsoft pits its Virtual Earth against Google's latest map offering. Also: A peek at Microsoft's Vista OS, space shuttle Discovery's return to orbit and the solar 'rayce' finale.

Zooming in on Seatle

Microsoft's Virtual Earth blends mapping, satellite imagery and yellow pages data. Google responds quickly.
July 25, 2005


Microsoft offers a first look at the features of its new operating system, from start to photos.
July 27, 2005

Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off

Space shuttle Discovery reaches orbit Tuesday, marking NASA's return to manned spaceflight after more than two years.
July 27, 2005

International Space Station

The International Space Station gets a visit from the shuttle Discovery. The crew has been there since April.
July 28, 2005

Crossing the finish line

The University of Michigan's car crossed the finish line to win the 2,500-mile North American Solar Challenge.
July 28, 2005

The patterns of life

Software turns long strings of genetic code into luminous, scientifically accurate visualizations that resemble calligraphy.
July 27, 2005

Bluetooth-inspired eyewear

Motorola and Oakley unveil sunglasses that link to Bluetooth devices, while Q takes aim at the BlackBerry.
July 26, 2005

My AOL beta

On My AOL beta, a person can store and manage RSS feeds while getting access to e-mail and shopping.
July 28, 2005


An energy tech company opens the throttle on its design for a hydrogen-powered motorcycle.
July 25, 2005


A series of short films available on the Web is the centerpiece of a new ad campaign.
July 26, 2005

Rainbow trout

Playing God with Frankentrout?

Researchers are working on producing bigger, more attractive fish--because ugly, unsold ones mean wasted food and lower profits.
July 28, 2005

Web tracks Fat Man

California man gains Web following as he details cross-country trek to lose weight and "regain my life."
July 25, 2005

InsBot makes new friends

Mini robot mimics roaches

Social robots that interact with cockroaches may someday help rid homes of common pests.
July 22, 2005