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Pushing the Speed Limit: For Researchers, the Internet Just Got Faster

April 10, 2003

Caltech researchers have developed a new data communications protocol capable of 8.6 gigabits per second data transfer across 2,845 miles.

Unlike the single-path TCP protocol, the Fast Active queue management Scalable Transmission Control Protocol, or FAST, uses 10 parallel routes.

In 24-Hour News Times, Real-Time Translation

April 10, 2003

Virage Inc. has recently supplied several unnamed United States intelligence agencies with a system that will provide real-time voice recognition and English translation of foreign-language news broadcasts.

Computers that watch while you work

April 10, 2003

Canadian researchers have designed a computer that pays attention to the person using it. An eye-contact sensor allows the computer to determine whether the user is present and whether he or she is looking at the screen so the computer can determine when and whether to contact them.

Are we doomed yet?

April 9, 2003

The computer-networked, digital world poses enormous threats to humanity that no government, no matter how totalitarian, can stop. A fully open society is our best chance for survival.

New rules for a society of wizards are being proposed and implemented every day. In recent times, a leading technologist has called for us to reconsider “the open, unrestrained pursuit of knowledge,” a federal judge has ordered an injunction against hyperlinking… read more

MATRIX2

April 9, 2003

Special effects guru John Gaeta reinvents cinematography with The Matrix Reloaded.

Is There Life After Silicon Valley’s Fast Lane?

April 9, 2003

Some experts warn that Moore’s Law may soon reach its theoretical limits, with dire consequences for the technology industry’s economic engine.

Others believe the popular conception of Moore’s Law had become outdated.

Measuring the Risks of Nanotechnology

April 8, 2003

Do breakthroughs in nanotechnology present unique health and environmental dangers that need to be studied?

New Fusion Method Offers Hope of New Energy Source

April 8, 2003

Sandia National Laboratories reported today that they had achieved thermonuclear fusion, in essence detonating a tiny hydrogen bomb. This might offer an alternative way of generating electricity by harnessing fusion, which combines hydrogen atoms into helium, producing bountiful energy as a byproduct without long-lived radioactive waste.

Discovery of electrostatic spin challenges century-old theory

April 7, 2003

University of California, Riverside researchers have identified a new physical phenomenon, electrostatic rotation, that, in the absence of friction, leads to spin. The phenomenon will likely impact atomic physics, chemistry and nanotechnology.

Because the electric force is one of the fundamental forces of nature, this leap forward in understanding may help reveal how the smallest building blocks in nature react to form solids, liquids and gases that constitute the… read more

Inventor Imagines Future Phones

April 7, 2003

Cell-phone inventor Martin Cooper visualizes a miniaturized cell phone that fits behind his ear, automatically dials out when he thinks about calling someone, and notifies him of incoming calls with a tickle instead of a ring.

Cooper believes the next big advancement in the wireless industry will be ubiquitous, wide-area, high-speed access to the Internet.

The Doctrine of Digital War

April 6, 2003

“Rumsfeld’s new-wavers think massing huge numbers of land troops isn’t always needed in an era when powerful networked-computing systems and unerringly accurate munitions can do much of the dirty work.”

Dream code: Programming languages for quantum computers are now being written

April 4, 2003

Researchers are already trying to work out how to write programs for almost non-existent quantum computers, in the belief that learning how to do so might help engineers to design the computers in useful ways.

More Than Just a Game, but How Close to Reality?

April 4, 2003

As video war games gain popularity throughout the armed forces, some military trainers worry that the more the games seem like war, the more war may start to seem like a game.

The possibilities of networked computers, combined with an increasingly remote-controlled military like the one Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has vowed to build, have spurred interest in adapting the architecture of multiplayer games like Everquest and Ultima… read more

Desktop kit slows light to a crawl

April 3, 2003

Light can been slowed down to just over 200 kilometres per hour or even stopped, using only simple desktop equipment at room temperature.

The work could make it easier to control information transmitted via light at a network switching station, for example.

Super-Cheap Supercomputing?

April 3, 2003

Star Bridge Systems claims to have created a reconfigurable “hypercomputer” that performs like a supercomputer but sits on a desktop, uses very little electricity, needs no special cooling systems and costs as little as $175,000.

The secret is the use of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips that can be reprogrammed on the fly to handle different tasks and the development of a special programming language.

News tip: Walter… read more

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