Look out, PCs. MIT's ubiquitous computing effort is taking technology out of the box.
A proposed rapid transit system would levitate commuters to work in their own cars, gliding above the freeway.
Plasma displays produce extraordinarily crisp TV images using hundreds of thousands of xenon-filled cells.
Optical interconnects: replacing wires between chips with streams of photons could speed things up mightily.
The desktop metaphor was a brilliant innovation-30 years ago. Now it's an unmanageable mess, and the search is on for a better way to handle information.
From a backyard battle with squirrels came the idea for the gene gun-the tool that creates biotech crops by shooting helpful genes into plant cells.
On September 11, a nation primed for a futuristic attack failed to foresee a low-tech assault. Why?
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.
Creating a central database of photos to identify terrorists through face recognition is a bureaucratic nightmare.
Patent systems are challenged when proprietary rights clash with doctors' sharing of health-care know-how.