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Ivan Amato Guest Contributor

  • Nano's Safety Checkup

    Concerns over particle dangers could slow nanotech’s growth.

  • Instant Manufacturing

    Machines that create products directly from digital files can save hours of painstaking human labor, compress production schedules, and eliminate costly overstock.

  • Motorola's Superchip

    Silicon is cheap; “compound semiconductors” are fast. Combining the two could yield cheaper cell phones and DVD players.

  • 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.

  • Bad Vibrations

    NIST hopes to stifle the tremors that ruin experiments.

  • Lying With Pixels

    Seeing is no longer believing. The image you see on the evening news could well be a fake - a fabrication of fast new video-manipulation technology.

  • May the Micro Force Be With You

    After a decade of hype, microscopic mechanical systems are poised to make major changes in the size of our cell phones, the reliability of our communications systems-even the way “Star Wars” is shown.

  • When Genes Come True

    Pharmaceuticals: The first batch of drugs derived from genomics is on the way.

  • God's Eyes for Sale

    High-resolution satellite images are about to flood the marketplace. They could be good for business, but what will they do for terrorists?

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