September 12, 2005


Power walking
Someday in the not too distant future, as you carry an increasingly burdensome backpack down a seemingly endless trail, you might be able to take comfort in at least not having to carry extra batteries...

Blinded by the light
The proliferation of camera phones and credit-card-sized digital cameras makes it difficult avoid having your picture taken. Help could be on the way, however, for the security and privacy conscious...

Projecting a well-compensated image
The challenge to using projectors to display computer-generated images has been finding suitable places -- preferably flat white surfaces -- to project the images on...

Indoor cellphone tracking
Services that track your position via your cellphone can locate the nearest post office or pizza parlor or indicate which of your friends are nearby, but they don't work indoors...

Bits and pieces
Nanosprings, small quantum computers, and a look at carbon nanotubes and electricity.


View from the High Ground:
Georgia Tech's Ronald Arkin

The economics of labor, making robots as reliable as cars, getting robots to trust people, biorobotics, finding the boundaries of intimate relationships with robots, how much to let robots manipulate people, giving robots a conscience, robots as humane soldiers and The Butlerian Jihad.

How It Works: Finding Information on the 'Net
Accessing the vast amounts of unindexed information on the Internet means letting search engines see hidden databases and giving the Web a sense of meaning.

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September 19, 2005
Room temperature ice
Experiments have proved that it is possible to freeze water at room temperature using energy to trigger hydrogen to bond in the way needed for crystallization. What's more, the phenomenon uses considerably less energy than had been predicted. The catch is that this type of freezing only happens in nanoscale spaces...

September 9, 2005
Brown blocks white

September 2, 2005
Cultural vision

August 31, 2005
Blink blindness

"Funding of course enables discoveries, but does not guarantee they will occur. Lack of funding can almost certainly guarantee that discoveries will not be made."
- Ronald Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology

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