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Search for the next big thing

March 12, 2003

Candidates for the next big thing include content management or data mining, AI, data storage, security and monitoring software, gaming and entertainment technology, biopharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

SETI to target most tantalising radio transmissions

March 12, 2003

Astronomers searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence are about to zoom in on 150 of the more tantalizing radio transmissions that have reached Earth.

Bio-Whatchamacallit: Tom Ridge’s ‘Crazy’ Plan to Watch the Sky for Spores

March 12, 2003

To give emergency workers the heads-up on bioterrorism attacks, researchers are monitoring the air for bioagents as well as hospitals for signs of outbreaks of nonspecific illnesses or symptoms.

Simulating Surgery

March 11, 2003

An experimental software system lets surgeons “sketch” several possibilities for bypass operations (based on nuclear magnetic resonance data) and preview the likely results before making a single incision.

Universe as Doughnut: New Data, New Debate

March 11, 2003

Rather than being infinite in all directions, the universe could be radically smaller in one direction; it may be even be shaped like a doughnut. The idea is based on new data produced by NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe satellite.

Foresight Vision conference announced

March 11, 2003

The Foresight Vision Conference, the annual Senior Associates Gathering, “Molecular Myth, Manufacturing, Money and Mania: will the real nanotechnology please self-assemble,” is being held May 2-4, 2003 in Palo Alto.

Making Faces

March 10, 2003

A London surgeon’s plan to transplant a human face has caused some alarm about the nature of identity.

Iraq to Assist with Robot Testing

March 10, 2003

Iraq seems to be on the verge of becoming one of the biggest testing grounds for military robotics in history.

Tomorrow’s 5g cell phone

March 9, 2003

“Cognitive radio” will give wireless devices machine-learning capabilities, redefining cell-phone technology.

Harnessing Atoms to Create Superfast Computers

March 7, 2003

A new book, “Shortcut Through Time,” aims to make quantum computing understandable.

Sony, others to create 3D standards

March 7, 2003

Several high-tech companies including Sony and Sanyo have officially unveiled a consortium to create technical and safety standards for bringing three-dimensional displays to desktops, laptops and cell phones. To see images or run programs in 3D on these screens, users won’t need special glasses or additional software.

DNA molecules form nanodevice scaffolding

March 6, 2003

A research team at the University of Minnesota is proposing a molecular-circuit assembly technique that they believe will be compatible with silicon-based electronics. A patterned silicon substrate, complete with interconnection pads, carries DNA-coded “tiles” that serve as breadboards for nanocomponents.

To goal is a memory structure with a density of 10 trillion bits/cm2 — 100 times denser than the 64-Gbit DRAMs the electronics industry projects for 2010.

The Future That Wasn’t

March 6, 2003

A new collection of images from the ’50s evokes a technologic optimism that makes the dotcom craze look conservative.

Toshiba boffins prep laptop fuel cell

March 6, 2003

Toshiba has figured out how to power a portable computer using fuel cell technology without the need for a power unit larger than the PC itself.

Making Robots More Like Us

March 6, 2003

The solution to developing machines that can move and work like humans may lie in getting robots and humans to interact better.

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