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Computing Archive

  • The Robots Are Here

    Robots today are where computers were in 1978; soon, they’ll be as pervasive as the Web.

  • 7 Hot Projects

    These seven technologies are about to make their way out of the lab, onto the market-and into our lives.

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  • How Soon to the Moon?

    Sending humans back to the moon might divert money from other space science. Is it worth it?

  • Fiber Optics Takes the Long Way Home

    Despite decades of experiments, big telecom companies are moving ever so sluggishly to extend fiber optics to individual residences.

  • Hold the Salt

    An innovative desalination technique could go from the lab to the land next year–but skeptics abound.

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  • Hovercrafter

    It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the inventor of the hovercraft.

  • Bomb Scanners

    How current airport bomb detectors operate-plus a look at the next generation of scanning technologies.

  • Behavior-Monitoring Machines

    A new breed of computer software keeps tabs on how people and objects act. To really work, though, these programs have to learn and adapt.

  • War Games

    Computer games enter the debates about the U.S military response to Osama and Saddam. But is the country ready to play out this conflict?

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