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Computing Archive

  • Helping Doctors Feel Better

    New computer simulations that re-create the sense of touch allow doctors-in-training to perform virtual procedures without risking harm to a human being’s precious skin.

  • RNA on a Chip

    New diagnostic technique promises to put a powerful lab on a dime-sized slice of silicon.

  • Simple Simon

    The first PC? Set the Wayback Machine to 1950.

  • Wires of Wonder

    Nobelist Smalley explains how “carbon nanotubes” will affect everything, from living cells to electrical transmission.

  • A Picture of Health

    Sensors that monitor vital signs will turn our “sick-care” system into one that preserves wellness.

  • The Five-Minute Pilot

    When an aviation expert boasted that new gear makes it possible for any 12-year-old to fly a plane, TR couldn’t resist the challenge. Our correspondent put his own son at the controls.

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