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    What's New at HowStuffWorks!
    December 08, 2003

    Hello, !

               - THIS WEEK'S STUFF -
       ** 10 Featured Articles
       ** HowStuffWorks Stuff for Everyone!
       ** Surveys of the Week
       ** Reader Comments and Tips
       ** Support Ashanti and the Family Violence Prevention Fund

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      Ultimate Luxury - How Maybachs Work

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      When 10 Seconds is a Lifetime - How Cable Modems Work

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      NFL Players, In Their Own Words

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      River of Life - How Blood Works

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    The HomeStuff Channel

      The Eating Experts - How Catering Works

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    The MoneyStuff Channel

      The Color of Money - How Currency Works

      When you hear the word "currency,” you probably think of the
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    The PeopleStuff Channel

      International Wellness - How the World Health Organization Works

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    The ScienceStuff Channel

      Voltage Vault - How Capacitors Work

      The capacitor plays a crucial role in electronics -- it stores
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      Clocking in Above the Clouds - How Airline Crews Work

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