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  • The Enlightenment Bug

    The last millennium saw humanity split among reason, humanism and faith. In this millennium, let’s reunite these essential human activities.

  • Leave the Gliding to Us

    A proposed rapid transit system would levitate commuters to work in their own cars, gliding above the freeway.

  • Plasma Displays

    Plasma displays produce extraordinarily crisp TV images using hundreds of thousands of xenon-filled cells.

  • Optical Interconnects

    Optical interconnects: replacing wires between chips with streams of photons could speed things up mightily.

  • The Next Computer Interface

    The desktop metaphor was a brilliant innovation-30 years ago. Now it’s an unmanageable mess, and the search is on for a better way to handle information.

  • A Shot in the Dark

    From a backyard battle with squirrels came the idea for the gene gun-the tool that creates biotech crops by shooting helpful genes into plant cells.

  • Detecting Bioterrorism

    Lives could be saved by sensors and therapies now under development-along with software that could help distinguish an anthrax assault from an outbreak of the flu.

  • Recognizing the Enemy

    Creating a central database of photos to identify terrorists through face recognition is a bureaucratic nightmare.

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