mimic quantum physics
people will tell you the software market is
full of vapor. Others will say that dominant
players like Microsoft freeze the market.
It turns out that Microsoft's dominance is
moving the software market toward a frozen
vapor phase, mathematically speaking.
filters catch more spam
It seems that you either have to tolerate at least
some spam or accept that some of your legitimate
email will get caught in a spam trap along with
the chaff. A method that stitches together several
spam filters could help minimize your pain.
eases remote robot control
The driver's seat for a future Mars rover could
be the chair at your desk or even the back seat
of a taxi. Software that turns Web browsers and
PDAs into remote robot interfaces is just the thing
for the space scientist on the go.
beams mold tiny holes
Making a hole seems straightforward but below a
certain size it's actually quite difficult. Harvard
researchers have figured out how to precisely control
the size of holes as small as a few millionths of
a millimeter. Holes that size can be used for, among
other things, measuring individual strands of DNA.
calms tell of coming storms
When complicated systems suddenly get neat and tidy,
watch out. A mathematical model that looks for signs
of regular behavior could help predict network outages,
traffic pileups and stock market crashes.