-- One group proposed growing mushrooms in the tunnel. Another, to study subsurface water flow. However, the most likely future use of the partially dug Superconducting Super Collider tunnel is: nothing.

The last of the more than $2 billion pumped into the Texas physics project was spent putting steel caps on the openings so cattle won't fall down into high-tech Neverland.

-- IBM was America's top patent earner in 1994, with 1,298 of them. It was also the most active company in forming strategic alliances, reports Dataquest Inc. IBM made 31 of the publicly announced alliances or agreements between companies, followed by AT&T with 24.

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