Bell Labs is Dead, Long Live Bell Labs
Confounding the skeptics, this jewel of big-time corporate R&D has gained new luster—even in basic research—by focusing its scientific endeavors on solving real-world problems.
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Now poised to move from labs to fields; genetically altered plants that could yield not only better foods but also fabrics, plastics and pharmaceuticals.
He dreamed up the idea of hypertext as a way to link all human knowledge decades before the World Wide Web—but never delivered a usable piece of software.
By taking big risks—in business and in research—a husband-and-wife team of entrepreneurs has brought speech recognition to the desktop years before the experts thought it would be possible.
Vaccines of the future are going to come in a remarkable array of forms: nasil sprays, nose drops, flavored liquids, skin patches, even fried food.
Fixing a few common design mistakes would make the Web a far more pleasant and useful place to hang out, says a guru of interactive interfaces.