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2007: The year in technology

December 28, 2007

Leech-like robots that crawl along the heart to deliver drugs, robots with a fish-like electrical sensing system, and boredom-detecting software are among the key new technologies featured in New Scientist magazine in 2007.

2008 State of the Future report proposes 15 global challenges

July 14, 2008

The future continues to get better for most of the world, but a series of tipping points could drastically alter global prospects, according to the 2008 State of the Future, a report due to be published late this month, and obtained by Sunday.

Half the world is vulnerable to social instability and violence due to rising food and energy prices, failing states, falling water tables, climate change, decreasing… read more

2008: your guide to the year in science

December 30, 2007

IBM’s 3-D chip stacks, “physmatics” (the blurry line between math and physics), and high-resolution imaging satellites will be part of 2008′s biggest science stories, predicts Popular Science.

2010 Humanity+ Summit

April 26, 2010

The H+ Summit, a two- day event that explores how humanity will be radically changed by technology in the near future, is scheduled for June 12-13 at Harvard University.

Speakers include Ray Kurzweil, Aubrey de Grey (“Hype and anti-hype in academic biogerontology research: a call to action”), Alex Lightman (“The Rise of Citizen-Scientists in the Eversmarter World”), David Orban (“Intelligence Augmentation, Decision Power, And The Emerging Data… read more

2010 preview: Is this the year that we create life?

December 22, 2009

Craig Venter hopes to unveil a living bacterial cell carrying a genome made from scratch in the lab.

George Church of Harvard University expects to get synthetic ribosomes to self-replicate.

A completely synthetic cell remains a distant goal, however.

2010 preview: Tooth-mounted hearing aid for the masses

December 21, 2009

Sonitus Medical has created a device that might restore hearing to people with single-sided deafness to improve stereo sound and speech intelligibility in noisy surroundings.

A small device that wraps around the teeth picks up the sounds detected from a tiny microphone in the deaf ear and transforms them into mechanical vibrations that can be sensed by the cochlea in the working ear.

2010 review: The year in health and medicine

December 31, 2010

Communicating with people who seem to be in a vegetative state, optogenetics, and an electronic implant for the blind are among the key biomedical technologies introduced in 2010.

2010 Robot Review

December 16, 2010


IDG News Service has produced a video review of the year’s robot news, covering home, business, sports, and space uses.

2011 preview: Enter the robot self

December 31, 2010

This could be the year when we quit dragging ourselves to work and send remote-controlled robot avatars instead. Firms in the US and Japan are already selling robot avatars that allow office workers to be in two places at once.

2011 preview: Peak Internet comes into view

December 30, 2010

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By assuming that the rate of increase in Internet adoption continues to follow a logistic curve and 100% of the world population will be eventually online, worldwide adoption would hit 50 per cent (the inflection point) in 2013, predicts NewScientist.

2011 State of the Future

July 31, 2011


The Millennium Project’s 2011 State of the Future Report, due out August 1, finds that while people are getting richer, healthier, better educated, and living longer, and the world is more peaceful and better connected, half of the world is potentially unstable.

“Food prices are rising, water tables are falling, corruption and organized crime is increasing, environmental viability for life support is diminishing, debt and economic insecurity… read more

2011 year in review

December 30, 2011

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2011 was an amazing year of accelerating developments in science and technology.
These articles offer a good summary. — Editor

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2012 Gen9 G-Prize announced

WANTED: Innovators and disruptors interested in transforming an industry using synthesized DNA constructs
July 24, 2012


Gen9, Inc. has announced that it has underwritten the first annual G-Prize to celebrate and support innovation in synthetic biology.

The prize is intended to foster creative and innovative approaches for using synthetic DNA constructs (gene fragments) to advance industries including chemical and enzyme production, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and even data storage.

“Synthetic biology represents perhaps the greatest opportunity to modernize industry at ‘Moore’s law’ scale since… read more

2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for Measuring and Manipulating Individual Quantum Systems

October 9, 2012


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2012 to Serge Haroche, Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France and David J. WinelandNational Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA ”for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.”

Quantum mechanics, the study of how matter interacts with energy at the scale… read more

2012 predictions

December 27, 2011

iPad 3 and iPhone 5 concept art

Experts are making predictions for 2012 in a wide variety of technology, business, and economics areas. Here’s our pick of the most interesting. – Ed.

Marc Andreessen: Predictions for 2012 (and beyond), CNET

5 gadget predictions for 2012, ComputerWeekly

The World in 2012 Festival predicts the future ahead, The Economist

Gartner Predicts 2012, Gartner, Inc.… read more

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