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  • Ending the Grid Lock

    Grid computing has long found a following in academia, the financial industry and pharmaceutical enterprises, but other industries have been slow to follow. Until now.

  • Domo Arigato, Doctor Roboto

    Hospitals across the country are examining whether video-enabled robots can help doctors extend their rounds safely and with patients’ acceptance.

  • Of MRIs and iPods

    Once the darling only of on-the-go music lovers, iPods have become another tool of choice for radiologists who need to store, transport, and interact with digital images.

  • The Protein Grid

    Cracking the human genome was just the beginning. Using two major community computing grids, researchers are taking a distributed approach to mapping the structure of human proteins.

  • Making New Energy Sources An Easier 'Cell'

    A Mountain View company hopes to make fuel cells more efficient by creating a better electricity conductor, which could mean longer running, battery-powered consumer devices.

  • It's a Different World

    Burn victims. Trauma patients. Even arachnophobes. Each of these is being treated by a cutting-edge virtual reality program that helps patients deal with fear and pain.

  • Testing Their Metal

    Using nanotechnology, scientists at a small Virginia start-up have created a new polymer that incorporates the best that both metal and rubber have to offer – opening the door to a more flexible future.

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