Emerging Tech

Patrick Marshall

Emerging Tech

  • Google doodle honoring Ada Lovelace

    The first programmer: How Ada saw the future of computing

    Born nearly 200 years ago, Ada Lovelace saw computers as more than numbers-crunching calculators.

  • Streetlights at night

    Is the light spectrum the next frontier for wireless?

    A researcher in Scotland says LEDs can be used to transmit data, potentially making every street lamp into a high-speed Internet port.

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  • NASA artist conception of warp drive travel

    NASA thinks warp-drive travel might be possible

    Scientists explore the idea of achieving faster-than-light travel within the laws of special relativity by warping space.

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  • Social communication icons on keyboard

    Should agencies dump e-mail for social networks?

    The emerging trend toward internal social networks, which offer a lot of advantages, raises questions about the future of e-mail.

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  • Fiber Optics

    Truly unbreakable encryption trips the light fantastic

    Scientists from Toshiba and Cambridge University use quantum physics to create completely secure communications over fiber optic cable.

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  • NASA supercomputer

    Is the US set to lose the supercomputer race?

    China appears set to win the race to the next frontier, exascale computing, as budget pressures slow down the Energy Department's efforts.

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  • SCinet conference network

    High-performance confab runs super-fast network, temporarily

    In order to share results at the SC12 conference in Salt Lake City, volunteers from government, academia and industry designed and built SCinet, which links to many of the world's leading research networks.

  • Cell phones charging

    Smart-phone battery life could double -- without better batteries

    A power amplifier technology developed by an MIT spinoff would let mobile devices operate on half the power.

  • Intel Labs Display Without Boundaries

    Display lets you flick images from bowl to wall and back again

    Intel researchers' Display Without Boundaries takes an innovative approach to immersive, collaborative computing.

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  • Voting line

    Why can't Americans vote online?

    Why not set up mobile voting pavilions at polling stations where people could download a secure app and vote on their personal mobile device?

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