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David H. Freedman Guest Contributor

  • The Silicon Guinea Pig

    Can silicon microchips mimic living organisms? Some researchers believe they can provide a fast, cheap way to screen thousands of drugs for toxic side effects.

  • The Virtual Heart

    A global research team is creating a computer model that depicts the heart from a single cell up to the whole organ, heralding new approaches to diagnosing and treating cardiac disease.

  • Pinpoint Weather

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

  • Information Warfare

    Breaking into networks is more than a joyride-it’s the coming mission of criminals, industrial spies and terrorists. Can new security techniques stop them?

  • The Light Brigade

    The U.S. has spent decades quietly developing a new generation of battlefield lasers. Now they’re ready to fire.

  • 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.

  • Flying Made Easy

    New digital technologies designed to ensure safer and more user-friendly flying could turn us into a nation of pilots. It’s not the Jetsons, but you’ll be able to fly yourself to a community “smartport” in an idiotproof miniplane.

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