July 24/31, 2002   

   Disks set to go ballistic
Over the past few years magnetic disks that store computer information have become giant. Now some are ready to go ballistic, in an attempt to store 450 DVD's worth of information in a disk the size of a CD. The trick is keeping electrons on the straight and narrow rather than bouncing off the walls.
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Two-step queries bridge search and speech
Speech recognition software, because of its limited vocabulary, can be at a loss for words when it's used for database queries. Starting with the words it does know makes it considerably quicker in figuring out those it doesn't.

Implant links nerve cells to electronics
The Borg of science fiction's Star Trek are so tightly connected to their electronic implants that they can't survive if the devices are removed from their otherwise human bodies. In reality, it's hard getting electronics and living tissue to connect at all. A fuzzy electrode that makes nerve cells feel at home could improve the situation.

Silicon chips set to go atomic
Prototype quantum computers tend to look like something from a mad scientist's laboratory -- labyrinths of lasers and mirrors, or test tubes and magnets, depending on the type. Although computers that use the states of atoms to store and manipulate information are barely more than theoretical, some researchers are thinking ahead to practical considerations. Wringing atomic weirdness out of tried-and-true silicon technology could smooth the way for manufacturing fantastically powerful machines.

Light switch promises powerful computers
Using one light beam to switch off another opens the door for optical circuits that work like electrical circuits, only much faster. It boils down to a sub-atomic version of the game red light, green light.

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