February 27, 2006


Magnetic shape shifters
Transforming an object from one shape to another simply by heating it, illuminating it, or exposing it to certain chemicals sounds like an alchemist's dream, but it is a very real and very active area of research for, among other things, making medical devices like stents...

Computing by not computing
Quantum computing is weird enough as it is, given the often counterintuitive nature of quantum physics, but now scientists have demonstrated that it is possible to get an answer from a quantum computer without actually running the computer...

Micro fuel cells get simple
Heart cells pump biochip
Plastic cassette ID's DNA
Flat lens focuses microwaves


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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February 24, 2006
In hot water
A look at the climate during the age of the dinosaurs shows that global warming could be worse than scientists have predicted

February 16, 2006
Don't think about it

February 13, 2006
Slick touch

February 10, 2006
Nifty new tech

"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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