January 23, 2006


Goals tame home electronics
Take a look at any of today's remote control units and it's clear that you can do a lot with them. It's also clear that figuring out how to do any one task takes an inordinate amount of cognitive effort...

Context boosts VR interfaces
Context makes a big difference in how humans relate to each other and their environment. It also turns out to make interacting with virtual environments better and more efficient...

Caterpillar to butterfly to LED
Spray-on prosthetics
Bubbles clean up ultrasound
Nanowire mats flex muscle


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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January 27, 2006
Green growing

Sustainable agriculture practices, which meet the food needs of a population with minimal environmental impact, sound like a good idea. A new study backs this up with hard data.

The study of 286 sustainable agriculture projects in 57 developing countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka, China and Mexico, found that, in addition to improving environmental conditions, sustainable agriculture increased crop yields by an average of 79 percent

January 20, 2006
Pigs in space

January 20, 2006
Warming threatens sea life

January 13, 2006
Tiny teachers

"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. "
- Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

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