Canada plans to replace cash with digital MintChips -- can this work?

The Canadian Mint is holding a contest to find a secure chip that can replace bills and coins, but can it be unhackable and untraceable?

Tablets with PC power: The Microsoft vs. Apple debate

Apple's CEO doesn't think people want powerful PC/tablet hybrids, but we think they do.

High-speed wireless via...laser pointers?

Researchers in Taiwan use tricked-out laser pointers to get 500 megabits/sec. data feeds in places where radio transmissions dare not go.

Why Google's SPDY is none too swift

Google wants to replace the venerable Hypertext Transfer Protocol with the more efficient SPDY standard, but corporate rivalries may slow things down.

DARPA wants gamers to design medical training software

DARPA is looking at the gaming industry to help it design medical training and education software for use on mobile devices.

Image of Earth taken by NOAAs Rapid Refresh modeling software

Rapid Refresh sharpens NOAA's weather forecasts

New software for modeling complex weather patterns lets the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration update near-term forecasts hourly, with greater precision.

Gmail adds own version of 'Star Trek' Universal Translator

You can now write to and receive e-mail from people speaking almost any language.

Gigabit WiFi speeds on the way, but beware the draft

The race to produce super-fast 802.11ac wireless routers ahead of IEEE's final approval could create some confusion.

NASA looks to space for better earthquake data

The agency is testing READI, which uses satellites to detect minute changes in GPS-enabled ground stations, providing real-time data on quakes and better tsunami predictions.

Do agencies have a place for open-source hardware?

Open-source electronics components are emerging from university laboratories and entering the public arena.

Air Force wants unhackable comm, like in 'Mass Effect 3'

Researchers funded by the Air Force are exploring using "quantum memories" to secure long-range communications. Where have we seen that before?

Titanic ship remains

Should technology let us violate Titanic's gravesite?

We need to respect the human remains at Titanic's wreckage and support the efforts of NOAA and others to protect the site.

Topic Resources