With their longer lifetimes and higher efficiencies, light-emitting diodes will transform the illumination industry-and save billions in energy costs.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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Hitachi Advanced Research Labs' brain science applications program breaks the mold with research to improve education through brain imaging.
General Motors' Hydronomy program breaks the mold with research to link fuel cell cars to the electric grid by 2010.
Nano materials could provide future soldiers with super strength, protection against bioweapons and even a way to communicate covertly.
The first commercial "pebble bed" reactor--nearing approval in South Africa--may revive nuclear power.
Lives could be saved by sensors and therapies now under development-along with software that could help distinguish an anthrax assault from an outbreak of the flu.
The Defense Department agency that midwifed the Internet has a uniquely effective strategy to spur innovation-and plenty of hot new technologies in its pipeline.
Tired of sitting on the runway? In a radical experiment that may provide a glimpse into the future of air traffic control, UPS is testing a satellite-based data communications system that could unclog the skies.