electronic devices worthy of James Bond might
one day be built like the fictional spy's
favorite cocktail -- shaken, not stirred.
Researchers at Harvard have come up with a
way to make components literally fall into
place. This and other self-assembly techniques
could lead to cheaper electronics and new
devices like odd-shaped displays.
not hopeless for new Web sites
The structure of the Web may have a lot to do with
how easy it is for a new site to set up shop. The
latest model shows the new guys on the block have
a chance -- depending on what they're trying to
scheme banishes browser plug-ins
Matching content to the right software could be
a thing of the past if a digital content scheme
catches on. It's all about context.
light speeds messages
Spinning light beams around a glass ring could be
a good way to speed up telecommunications.
compressor ID's authors
The key to zipping files is weeding out redundancies,
which means finding patterns. The pattern recognition
capability of common file compression programs turns
out to be useful for automatically distinguishing
between, say, Spanish and French, or even Shakespeare