A 31-year-old materials scientist at IBM may have opened the door to cheap, flexible electronics for ubiquitous computing.
Technique that flows nanowires neatly into complex arrays promises "bottom-up" nanoscale assembly.
Spintronics' initial payoff could be instant-on RAM
Desktop printing was revolutionized by a misplaced soldering iron.
Nanoscale machinery could deliver denser computer memories and faster heart attack diagnosis.
The dream of "ubiquitous computing" has been around for a while. Now it's serious enough that a company like IBM is willing to throw $500 million at it.