December 12, 2005


Nature's nano sensors
When it comes to building nanostructures, nature has humanity beat hands down. Millions of years of evolution will do that for you...

Buckyballs bind to DNA
Scientists examining the interactions among nanoscale objects, living beings and the environment are uncovering nanotechnology's dark side...

Quantum nets advance
Scientists have taken a significant step down the road to building quantum networks, a technology that promises to extend quantum cryptography systems over long distances and eventually link quantum computers...

Shocks produce laser-like light
It looks like blasting crystals with shock waves makes them shine...

Bits and pieces
An ion trap on a chip, data mining via geometry, and smart fluid valves for biochips.


View from the High Ground: Cornell's Jon Kleinberg
Six degrees of separation, buying gasoline by the molecule, the science of popularity, all just getting along online, intellectual prosthetics, Big Science, making up questions, and telling stories.

How It Works: Quantum cryptography
Perfectly secure communications comes down to using the quirks of quantum physics to reliably detect eavesdroppers.

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December 16, 2005
Morphing bubbles
Although bubbles wobble, they always settle down to a perfectly spherical shape thanks to surface tension. But it doesn't have to be this way...

December 11, 2005
Humor divides brains by gender

December 3, 2005
Ocean of trouble

November 18, 2005
Adding can subtract distractions

"The information we process every day will become increasingly varied, complicated, and voluminous; and since it's already at the limit of our cognitive abilities, something has to give: we will either develop tools that can manage this information for us more effectively, or we will develop new styles of dealing with it. "
- Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

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