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Computing Archive

  • Hearing Steps

    An unobtrusive, brick-sized box analyzes the footstep patterns of the elderly to detect when they have fallen and to give early warning of certain diseases.

  • Cheaper Radio Tags

    3M is developing nonsilicon radio-frequency identification chips that could be cheaply integrated into shampoo bottles, soup cans, and other products.

  • Spinning a (Silk) Yarn

    Who needs spiders? An arachnoid-mimicking device turns out strong, light, flexible fibers.

  • Nanotech Briefs

    …and other key developments in the technology and business of the ultra-tiny.

  • Worm Guards

    Determina’s software provides maintenance-free protection against computer worms.

  • MEMS Blow past Air Bags

    A new generation of micromachines could transform everything from eye surgery to cell-phone reception.

  • Infotech Briefs

    Researchers in Sweden have smashed through previous Internet speed records, sending 840 gigabytes (the equivalent of about 200 DVD movies) in less than 30 minutes.

  • Tracking Privacy

    Procter and Gamble’s Sandra R. Hughes on whether radio identification tags are a threat to privacy.

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