Ogling the universe in a brand-new, high-tech planetarium.
The current economic boom is likely due to increases in computing speed and decreases in price. Now there are some good reasons to think that the party may be ending.
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Drug companies make millions on lifestyle potions. Is R&D on more vital therapies lagging?
A vial of bacteria capable of computation? Injectable cells that survey the bloodstream and produce drugs on demand? These ideas might not be as far-fetched as they sound.
For thousands of years, people have interacted through speech and gesture. Truly easy-to-use machines will do the same.
Alternatives to silicon-based computing are long shots. Knowing that, why do HP, Lucent and IBM spend time and money pursuing them? Their reasons may surprise you.
A DNA mismatch raises fears.