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Claire Tristram Guest Contributor

  • Everyone's a Programmer

    Software is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. Charles Simonyi’s solution? Programming tools that are so simple that even laypeople can use them.

  • Reinventing the Transistor

    Hewlett-Packard is betting that it can build computers whose functionality rests on the workings of individual molecules. It’s blue-sky research, but if it works, it will push computing far beyond the limits of silicon.

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  • Nanotech Cleans Up

    Researchers are devising molecular structures that identify, attract, and react with toxic waste far more efficiently than conventional treatments-and leave behind only harmless byproducts.

  • Supercomputing Resurrected

    Last year, Japan fired up an ultrafast computer that puts its closest competitors to shame. What will it take for the United States to catch up?

  • Data Extinction

    It’s too late for old word-processing files. But new technologies will preserve access to digital photos, music and other electronic records forever.

  • Handhelds of Tomorrow

    Think thumb keyboards and portable hard drives–not the overhyped notions of cell phone Web browsers and “pen-based computing.”

  • The Next Computer Interface

    The desktop metaphor was a brilliant innovation-30 years ago. Now it’s an unmanageable mess, and the search is on for a better way to handle information.

  • It's Time for Clockless Chips

    Megahertz, shmegahertz. A few iconoclasts are building computer chips that dispense with the traditional clock. But they face big barriers in bringing their idea into the mainstream.

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