December 19, 2005


Silicon gets stretchy
The advent of electronic paper and efforts to embed electronics in nontraditional materials like clothing, is spurring efforts to make flexible circuitry...

Photos make icons meaningful
Staring at a screenful of identical icons is not the most efficient way to find the file you are looking for...

Info theory boosts clustering
The emerging field of clustering aims to help scientists analyze mountains of data like genome sequencing, astronomical observations and market behavior by automatically grouping like pieces of data...

Lasers drive biochips
Pumping and channeling tiny amounts of liquids in biochips is tricky business...

Bits and pieces
A tiny chemical factory, a nanotech boost for crypto chips, and plug-and-play lighting tiles.


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 computing: qubits
Photons, electrons and atoms, oh my! These particles are the raw materials for qubits, the basic building blocks of quantum computers.

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December 23, 2005
The world is your farm
Agriculture is a dominant force in the global environment, but scientists are still getting a handle on the details.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin are using satellite and census data to fill in the gaps. They have started to produce maps of cropland and pastureland that provide both a global view and regional details of the human impact on the landscape...

December 16, 2005
Morphing bubbles

December 11, 2005
Humor divides brains by gender

December 3, 2005
Ocean of trouble

"In most areas of science and technology, the origins of new breakthroughs can still be found in the work of a small number of people -- or even a single person -- working at their own pace on their own questions, pursuing things that interest them. "
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