Kenneth Crozier and Federico Capasso have created light-focusing optical antennas that could lead to DVDs that hold hundreds of movies.
Richard Baraniuk and Kevin Kelly believe compressive sensing could help devices such as cameras and medical scanners capture images more efficiently.
Artificially structured metamaterials could transform telecommunications, data storage, and even solar energy, says David R. Smith.
We may not yet know enough to understand China’s intentions.
A new device, with sensors the size of human cells, can measure, record, and assess the risk of radiation emissions in real time.
Zinc-oxide nanowires that respond electrically when bent could be used to measure minute forces and pressures.
Electronics made of a single sheet of carbon could be created much smaller than those made with silicon.
A user interface that tracks eye movement may provide an alternate way to use a computer.
Adding decoy photons to quantum-cryptographic signals should finally make them "unconditionally secure."
This year, as every year, we present the 10 technologies we find most exciting--and most likely to alter industries, fields of research, and even the way we live.