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MIND Reviews: Brainy Gifts

From home sleep-cycle monitoring to a tap into the psychology of motivation, these clever products promise to get inside your head

November 6, 2009 — Gary Stix, Melinda Wenner and Frederik Joelving

Wireless tech taking a toll on Earth science and astronomy

Nearly lost amidst the breathless anticipation of all things wireless—whether it's the latest smart phone, free Internet hot spot or GPS navigation system—is the potential impact these gadgets may have on scientific instruments that likewise need access to the electromagnetic spectrum...

November 3, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Could too many home workers during a pandemic cripple the Internet?

Telecommuting has long been touted as an effective way to alleviate rush-hour traffic congestion (and pollution), help companies save money by using less office space and resources, and provide workers with a great deal of flexibility in their schedules...

October 27, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Microsoft Windows 7 has arrived...to mixed reviews

As Microsoft unleashes Windows 7 on the world Thursday, the consensus among those who have already taken the new operating system out for a spin is that while it's no PC panacea, at least it's not a repeat of the mistakes Microsoft made with Vista, which was launched in January 2007...

October 22, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

The 2009 Nobel Prizes

Explore the advances that earned this year's crop of Nobelists one of the world's most famous prizes--and in some cases, read about the prizewinning discoveries as chronicled by the researchers themselves in Scientific American ...

October 13, 2009
Privacy and the Quantum Internet

Privacy and the Quantum Internet

Courtesy of some of the weirdest laws of physics, we may someday be able to search and surf the Web without anyone collecting our data

September 28, 2009 — Seth Lloyd

Surrogates: A little too true to life

When l was an astronomy teaching assistant in grad school, some of my students would look through the telescope eyepiece at Saturn, pull back as if they didn't know what to make of it, look again, and ask: “That’s really Saturn?...

September 24, 2009 — George Musser

Do you know where you are? Your cell phone does

A team of Duke University researchers in Durham, N.C., is studying new ways to use the abundance of sensors contained in most smart phones (including the camera, accelerometer, microphone, GPS and Wi-Fi radio) to determine mobile users' precise locations and thereby deliver hyper-localized services...

September 23, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Who built the first computer?

Martin Campbell-Kelly’s September article on the origins of computing traces the history of machine computation from Charles Babbage, the 18th century British mathematician, through the 20th century...

September 21, 2009 — Michael Moyer

The Mind Behind the Web

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web and continues to shape its frantic evolution. He's neither rich nor famous, which is fine by him

March 12, 2009 — Mark Fischetti
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