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Genetic logic gates will enable biologists to program cells for chemical production and disease detection.
An integrated circuit that adjusts to damage shows a way to make ordinary chips more efficient and reliable.
Optical trickery lets a modified LCD produce hologram-like still images and videos.
Stretchable batteries that can be recharged wirelessly offer a power source for wearable electronics and health monitors.
A simple sensor circuit made of hard-to-handle but promising carbon nanotubes is a first step in making the materials practical for computing.
The sight-restoring implant made by Second Sight is the most advanced prosthetic to date.
Hybrid materials made of cardiac cells and carbon nanotubes might patch damaged hearts and provide muscle for robots made of living tissues.
Researchers who have used the biomolecule to encode MP3s, text files, and JPEGs say it will be a competitive storage medium in just a few decades.
Fibers spun from carbon nanotubes have the conductivity of copper and the strength of advanced composites.