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Computing Archive

  • Amateur Innovation

    Hobbyists play a critical role in the design and diffusion of technology.

  • Prototype

    Straight from the Lab: Technology’s First Draft

  • Pinpoint Weather

    Cheap computer power and high-tech observation systems mean precise forecasts, offering consumers personalized reports and saving weather-sensitive businesses millions.

  • The Deceit Detector

    University of Pennsylvania biophysicist Britton Chance demonstrates the latest in lie detection technology.

  • An Aircar in Every Garage?

    The fantasy of a personal flying machine is lurching toward reality, as companies ready vertical-takeoff aircraft for market, and information technology endows planes with the ability to fly themselves.

  • Game Over for Mod Chips?

    As an underground culture in game machine-tweaking hardware runs afoul of federal law, copyright protection is clashing with user innovation.

  • The Flash Menagerie

    As handheld devices proliferate, so too do the memory chips that they rely on. Here’s a field guide.

  • Breaking Boundaries

    The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science sees interdisciplinary research as its future.


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