Letter to readers

The Editors, Technology Research News

A few weeks ago we received a call from the father of a scientist who thanked us for helping him understand exactly what his son does.

For us, this is the best kind of call. Technology Research News is an independent science and technology publisher run by a small group of journalists. Our aim is to make science and technology developments clear and understandable so that anyone can gain a better and broader understanding of the wide and growing expanse of science and technology research.

We want to give our readers a heads-up about key research developments that will affect day-to-day life, business and culture. Locked up in the increasing flow of technical papers published world-wide are bits and pieces of the future.

We want to improve conventional wisdom about science. We feel that everyone can benefit from understanding more about the workings of science and technology and the developments coming down the line.

We get a kick out of following the soap operas of science and technology: quests to make extremely fast, energy-efficient computer chips that run on light rather than electricity; robots that can work alongside people safely and usefully; manufacturing processes that employ DNA to construct machines and materials molecule-by-molecule; machines that understand language; easy, inexpensive methods of harvesting energy from the sun; computer displays that look like paper or can be projected from a cellphone; and chemistry labs that fit on a chip. We want to share the thrill we get when we see the birth of an idea that will enable science fiction to become reality.

We are committed to keeping our content free, and we don't want to compromise our aims by putting banner advertising on the pages that contain our stories. Cognitive research shows that distractions inhibit the learning process.

We also have plans for expansion that range from features aimed at non-scientists to a directory of research and business events aimed at those working in the field. We would like to bring you features that trace the history of key technologies, and features that explain how key technologies work. We have a growing stack of especially well-written science books we wish to review on the site. We would also like to bring you a directory of researchers to watch, including Web links so you can more easily delve into the original research. We, along with most other media sites, have not come close to tapping the power of the Web to allow readers to visualize information. Information visualization tools will allow us to bring you more information and would allow you to digest the information more quickly.

We're hoping to become a site that is partially supported by our readers. Your contributions will keep TRN free, free of banner advertising, and help us expand our coverage.

We're also looking for contributions in the form of ideas. What do you like about TRN? What could be improved? What would you like to see added to the site? Which of our coming features would you like to see first?

Finally, if you haven't already, take a look at our most recent improvements: an expanded resources directory, and the Smalley's Research Watch blog.



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