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A Guide to the Manufacturing Industry, From Pharmaceutical to Aerospace 

Can RU-486 Be Banned?

By Emily Yoffe

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at 3:30 p.m. PT

In the presidential debate, George W. Bush said that if he were president, he wouldn’t have the power to change the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of abortion drug RU-486. Does the president have the power to change an FDA ruling?

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Someday (Maybe), You’ll Buy Cars on the Web

By James Suroweicki

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at 3:07 p.m. PT

The promise of the Internet, from a business perspective, is the promise of a frictionless economy, in which buyers and sellers are able to meet without mediation. And since perhaps the most disliked mediators out there are car dealers, they would seem to be natural and inevitable casualties of consumers’ migration to the Internet. Very few people like bargaining with car dealers. Auto companies don’t like their now-almost-required reliance on rebates to move cars. And the whole phenomenon of the huge dealership, with acres of cars, each depreciating by the minute, seems like an archaic way of handling distribution (and, since someone has to make all those cars, production). is a resource for professionals in the automotive industry seeking information on automotive design and production, embedded computers, microcontrollers, automotive electronics, and more. A VerticalNet community.

What Do Autopilots Do?

By Matt Alsdorf

Posted Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at 5:28 p.m. PT

The autopilot is an electronic system that manipulates the three “control surfaces” that determine an airplane’s course: the movable panels, called ailerons, on the back of each wing that allow the plane to bank right or left; the tail rudder, which turns the aircraft’s nose; and the elevators, which point the plane up or down. The autothrottle, which determines the airplane’s speed, is controlled by a separate system.

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