Biomimicry -- the practice of mining nature's
billions of years worth of evolutionary experience for
solutions to technological challenges -- is increasingly
popular and fruitful. In many cases nature has already
solved problems that humans are just beginning to tackle...
engines share the wealth
Search engines have a tremendous influence over
what information is accessed on the Web. Some researchers
have been concerned that the way search engines rank pages
could lead to a vicious cycle that benefits popular sites
at the expense of new and less popular sites -- a rich-get-richer
tap interface detailed
The acoustics research that is helping law enforcement
officials locate gunshot sources could also be used to
turn everyday objects into virtual keyboards and command
stats ID microbes
Rapidly identifying microorganisms is important
for medicine, security and biological research. While
using tiny biochips to ID pathogens is an exciting emerging
method, the trusty microscope is getting a makeover that
promises to keep it in the game...
Plastic hydrogen storage, superlens data
storage, molecular construction equipment, a way to speed
up supercomputers, bright infrared from nanotubes, and
guiding slow light.
from the High Ground:
GMU's Harry Wechsler
Pervasive computing, personalized medicine,
the game of Go, biometrics, 1984, machines making decisions
for us, the limits of a computer science education, and
the importance of not knowing ahead of time.
It Works: Quantum cryptography
Perfectly secure communications comes down to using the
quirks of quantum physics to reliably detect eavesdroppers.