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The world’s smallest 3-D full HD display

May 24, 2011

Ortus Tech

A prototype of the “world’s smallest 3-D full HD display” using thin film transistor (TFT) has been developed by Ortus Technology, a Japanese firm.

At 4.8 inches, the screen features glasses-free 3-D effects. It’s so dense at 546 pixels per inch (229 pixels per inch in 3-D mode) that the human eye can’t actually discern one pixel from another, creating a seamless, realistic image, claims Ortus.… read more

The World’s Smallest Crime Lab

March 4, 2008

George Mason University researchers have built a microwave smaller than an ant that can heat pinhead-size drops of liquid to precise temperatures–critical for the kind of lab-on-a-chip devices investigators could someday use in the field.

One big potential payoff: a portable DNA-analysis kit that could use crime-scene evidence, such as a drop of blood, to produce the genetic fingerprint of the culprit.

The World’s Technological Capacity to Store, Communicate, and Compute Information

February 11, 2011

A study appearing Feb. 10 in Science Express calculates the world’s total technological capacity to store, communicate and compute information, part of a Special Online Collection: Dealing with Data.

The study by the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism estimates that in 2007, humankind was able to store 2.9 × 1020 optimally compressed bytes, communicate almost 2 × 1021 bytes, and carry out 6.4 ×… read more

The world’s first 3D-printed gun is a terrifying thing

July 26, 2012


Gun enthusiast “HaveBlue” has documented in a blog post (via the AR15 forums) the process of what appears to be the first test firing of a firearm made with a 3D printer, The Next Web reports.

Actually,. the only printed part of the gun was the lower receiver. But, according to the American Gun Control Act, the receiver is what counts as the firearm.

HaveBlue reportedly… read more

The X-Mice

March 30, 2007

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Santa Barbara genetically engineered mice to express a third, humanlike photoreceptor, giving them human color vision.

Can they do the same for humans? Turns out some people may actually have a fourth photoreceptor that detects light within the visible range at a slightly different wavelength range than the other three.

The Year in Biomedicine

December 26, 2008

Brain trauma among soldiers, a $5,000 genome, cellular switches, and insight into the brain’s beauty.

The Year in Biomedicine

December 23, 2009

Advances in antiaging drugs, acoustic brain surgery, flu vaccines–and the secret to IQ.

The Year in Biomedicine

December 29, 2010

Two steps forward and one step back for stem cells, genome sequencing to diagnose disease, and the creation of artificial life.

The Year in Biotech

December 27, 2006

Brain chips, gene Chips, life-extending pills, and stem-cell cures and among the biotech developments on 2006.

The Year in Biotech

December 28, 2007

Stem cells from skin, myriad microbes, and a $350,000 personal genome are among Technology Review’s list of top biotech stories in 2007.

The Year in Computing

December 23, 2008

Computer interfaces, wireless devices, memory, and microprocessors were all hot topics in 2008.

The Year in Computing

December 29, 2010

New ways to feed our need for computing speed, novel controllers for our gadgets, and scary security risks all appeared in 2010.

The Year in Energy

December 28, 2006

Biowaste to ethanol could soon power cars, the plug-in hybrid-vehicle era begins, massive recalls spark interest in better batteries, cheaper solar power is on the horizon, and clean coal technologies get mixed up in politics.

The Year in Energy

December 29, 2009

Liquid batteries, giant lasers, and vast new reserves of natural gas highlight the fundamental energy advances of the past 12 months.

The Year in Enhancing Reality

December 28, 2010

2010 saw an explosion of 3-D products for consumers and also the arrival of augmented reality as a mainstream technology. In both areas, however, only some commercial implementations proved ready for prime time.

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