Tapeworm Jane: Time interviews Jane Fonda and excerpts a description of her struggle with bulimia from her new memoir, My Life So Far: "I remember cutting out a magazine ad that said with $2 and some box tops they would send you a special kind of gum that had tapeworm eggs in it and when you chewed it the worms would hatch and eat up all the food you consumed." (She sent away for the worms, but they never arrived.) The memoir covers Fonda's discovery of Christianity and feminism, her lifelong problems with bulimia, and the sexual threesomes that ex-husband Roger Vadim forced upon her. Last week's Newsweek pointed out that "the irony is that some of these "revelations" were 'revealed' before—it's just that Fonda hasn't been much on people's minds for a decade or so."—B.B.
Wired, April 2005
Alternative-fuel cars are poised to overtake China, according to a piece on the booming Chinese auto market. As pollution rises and automobiles become more affordable, going green may be a matter of necessity for the country's centrally controlled auto industry. This could give China a jump-start on the hydrogen economy. "China may actually benefit from it's very backward-ness," writes Lisa Margonelli. "All those bicycles mean there isn't a cumbersome—and entrenched—gasoline infrastructure to stand in the way of the next big thing."… A piece explores how four Mexican teenagers, all undocumented immigrants living in Phoenix, beat MIT's team at a national underwater robotics competition. The team built a robot capable of surveying mock submarine wreckage 50 feet underwater, all for just $800, compared with the MIT team's $11,000 budget.—J.S.