Smart devices and virtual clinics will aid astronauts and, eventually, people in remote locations back on earth.
We round up this week's most intriguing items from around the Web.
MP3's creators ready a better-sounding version of the ubiquitous online music format and finally reveal their licensing scheme for streaming MP3.
New Raman amplifiers are key to building an all-optical Internet.
WebMap lets you zoom around a topographic map of the Web to find the page you need.
WhizBang may offer more powerful data mining by juggling documents along with links that refer to them.
Distributed searching may save you from the info-glut.
University will give world free access to its courseware on the Web.
Here comes the next-generation game: Majestic combines AI, fake Web sites and other tech tricks to surprise you where you least expect it.
Squabbling with your eBay customer or building contractor? Duke it out more productively with online dispute resolution.