Despite staunch opposition from the computer science community, ATM-style electronic voting may offer the best hope for escaping the mess inflicted by paper-based balloting systems.
Hewlett-Packard is betting that it can build computers whose functionality rests on the workings of individual molecules. It's blue-sky research, but if it works, it will push computing far beyond the limits of silicon.
The 7E7 could set new efficiency standards, thanks to lightweight materials, smarter sensors, and a streamlined design process. But can it pull Boeing out of a market nosedive and revitalize struggling airlines?
Straight from the Lab: Technology's First Draft
New transistors made from oxide semiconductors-rather than the usual silicon-are yielding transparent electronics.
Electronic seals and tracking efforts boost cargo security.
Massachusetts General Hospital doctors lead a tour of what they hope will be the world's most efficient operating room.
From the Editor in Chief
Those old game machines from the attic may have pitifully little computing power and laughably primitive graphics. But a cadre of game creators still considers them the ultimate programming challenge.
Q&A: Robert Lefkowitz has an MIT degree in engineering and a track record as a Wall Street IT director. Now he's trying to push open source software from the dominion of alpha geeks into the corporate mainstream.