An optic fiber emitting infrared light from a diode laser has been placed just one millimeter away from the developing heart of a two-day old quail embryo. As the laser pulse changes its speed, the heart alters its beat to match. This system is the first time that the whole heart of a living animal has been paced with light--a method that could yield insight into the development of heart defects as well as, much further down the road, provide a new approach for building
Researchers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California are testing a new type of device that can simultaneously convert both the light and the heat in the sun’s rays into electricity.
2010 TR35 member Danah Boyd, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, studies how people use social networks and makes recommendations about how companies can best use social technologies to serve their users. Recently, Boyd has been a vocal advocate for better privacy controls on social networks.
At the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD, researchers have developed one of the most powerful methods yet for redesigning life. By editing genomes on the computer, synthesizing them in the lab, and transplanting the genomes into cells, Venter Institute researchers can speed up the process of genetic engineering. Ultimately, they want to design and create microbes that efficiently produce clean fuels, vaccines, and other products.
Technology Review’s I.T. Editor, Erica Naone, demonstrates how an app called JailbreakMe hacks the iPhone.
TR35 member Mikhail Shapiro explains why he wants to develop better interfaces for the brain.
Michelle Povinelli, a member of the 2010 TR35, explains how a fuller understanding of light’s fundamental physics can lead to better designs for telecommunications devices and solar cells.
Software that gives users more control of a camera could revolutionize photography.
A new touchscreen charging station is programmable and can use input from both users and utilities to get better electricity prices.