Technology Review picks five important advances in nanotechnology and materials science in 2005 – and one policy issue that could decide the future of the entire field.
Have a big music collection? Try organizing it by feeling.
A neural implant allows paralyzed patients to control computers and robotic arms – and, maybe one day, their own limbs.
A new wireless technology could beat fiber optics for speed in some applications.
A shortage of human eggs is likely to be the biggest barrier for U.S. scientists who want to create cloned stem cells.
A design with holes in it could replace polymer-coated stents, which have been linked to heart attacks.
HP’s tiny chip could offer a new way for storing and sharing video, audio, and pictures.
Hamsters and mathematical modeling provide new insight into our daily cycles.
Don’t expect the scarcity of fossil fuels to drive us toward alternative energy sources anytime soon: we’re getting smarter about finding and extracting oil.