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NASA fingers a culprit of the Columbia disaster...

...PowerPoint.

As the article says "NASA, the board argued, had become too reliant on presenting complex information via PowerPoint, instead of by means of traditional ink-and-paper technical reports. When NASA engineers assessed possible wing damage during the mission, they presented the findings in a confusing PowerPoint slide -- so crammed with nested bullet points and irregular short forms that it was nearly impossible to untangle. ''It is easy to understand how a senior manager might read this PowerPoint slide and not realize that it addresses a life-threatening situation,'' the board sternly noted."

(Apologies, but the New York Times URI will time out after a week or so, when they move old information into their unfriendly pay-for archive.)
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