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Biomedicine

Three Questions for J. Craig Venter

Gene research and Silicon Valley-style computing are starting to merge.

Materials

Adaptive Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar in Half

A new material, combined with a cheap tracking system, could unleash the promise of concentrated solar power.

Computing

A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things

A prototype sensor saves power by using transistors that never fully turn “on.”

Computing

Startup Wants You to Capture the World in 3-D

Mantis Vision is developing 3-D scanning technology that could end up in lots of tablets.

Energy

Why Household Gadgets Are Using Less Power

New research shows a decline in the electricity used by all the electronic devices in U.S. homes.

Computing

LCD Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real

Stacking components from two LCD panels more than doubles the pixel density of a video display.

Materials

Cheap and Nearly Unbreakable Sapphire Screens Come into View

Apple may soon start selling scratch-proof iPhones with sapphire screens. Here’s how to bring sapphire to almost all portable electronics.

Other

A Q&A with Gene Wolfe

A Twelve Tomorrows exclusive: Science fiction legend Gene Wolfe looks back on his career.

Computing

Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google’s Autonomous Cars

It may be decades before autonomous vehicles can reliably handle the real world, experts say.

Materials

Super-Dense Computer Memory

Researchers have discovered a new way to make chips that could pack terabytes into smartphones.