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  • 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.

  • Doctors without Patents

    Patent systems are challenged when proprietary rights clash with doctors’ sharing of health-care know-how.

  • Digital Cash Payoff

    PayPal’s fraud-busting technology makes it easy for people to pay one another over the Internet–and may give credit card companies a run for their money.

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