Technology, entertainment, and design leaders have affirmed that technology's next big wave would be its intersection with medicine. At the recent Tedmed conference (www.tedmed.com), America Online Founder Stephen M. Case told the New York Times that he senses something is bubbling—the same feelings he had when he got involved with the Internet 25 years ago. The newspaper reports that Americans spend $1.4 trillion annually on health care and health care products. No wonder some of the hot items unveiled at Tedmed included a key chain that stores a person's health records and an armband that measures how many calories its wearer has burned.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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