Tag Results for emerging technology (18)

  1. Does Venture Capital Work for Emerging Technologies like Nanotech?

    I think if you really pressed your typical venture capitalist on the origins of the universe, they might hedge a little but they would be forced to at least concede that whatever the origins might be, venture capitalists were surely at the center of it. Thatâ''s why I got a chuckle from this headline on the political blog Huffington Post: â''Why Venture Capital is Key to Our Economic Recovery.â'' No sense in doubting that proposition because as the article quickly posits, â''One of the proven methods of deploying equity to finance innovation and the creation of new enterprises is venture …

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  2. Are You Ready for Some 3-D Football?

    Hey, that halfback looks like he's coming right at me! When the topic of 3-D pictures arises, most of us think about cheap cardboard glasses with red and blue plastic lenses allowing us to unevenly watch even cheaper monster movies (and then trying to regain normal vision afterward). Over the years, 3-D projects have come and gone like a vampire that refuses to finally die, even after the stake has been driven through its heart by the public, critics, and technologists alike. Still, some engineers working in the entertainment industry have steadfastly maintained that the big breakthrough in 3-D technology …

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  3. Time Magazine Picks the Top 50 Inventions of the Year

    The editors at Time have gazed at the world of high-tech and picked the cream of the crop to appear this year. In its annual Best Inventions List, the news magazine has selected 50 innovations that hold the promise of improving our lives. But enough talk. You just want to see the results. So without further ado, here are the winners. Coming in at Number 1 (drum roll) is The Retail DNA Test. A start-up called 23andMe, in Mountain View, Calif., funded by Google, has created a US $399 DNA analysis kit that supposedly …

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  4. Nanotechâ¿¿s Application Success Comes Down to the Eye of the Beholder

    Managing expectations can be one of the toughest jobs for any emerging technology. For nanotechnology, having its coming out party just as the Internet and telecommunication bubbles burst, the job of keeping expectations realistic proved nearly impossible. Of course, what has become commercial in the last seven years since the launching of the NNI may seem extremely significant to some but remain inconsequential to others. A case in point comes from the Helena Independent Record. The reporter here poses the question: â''What has nanotechnology done for you lately?â'' Apparently, â''the mediaâ'' (arenâ''t they always to blame?) put images of â''supercomputers …

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  5. Space Elevator Engineers Are Set to Meet in Tokyo

    That farout sci-fi staple known as the space elevator is in the news again, among real engineers who take the idea seriously. An organization known as the Japan Space Elevator Association will hold the 1st Japan Space Elevator Conference in Tokyo on 15-16 November. And the attendees should have a lot to discuss. A piece from CNN ('Space elevator' would take humans into orbit) reports that interest in developing a space elevator has never been higher, with hundreds of engineers and scientists from Asia, Europe, and the Americas working hard to turn the visionary …

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  6. Engineering a Better Olympic Athlete

    During the broadcast of the Closing Ceremony last night by NBC, commentator Joshua Cooper Ramos took note of the progress the Chinese athletes have made in recent years and referred to China's nationalized sports program as "an engineering project." Fellow commentator Bob Costas was quick to agree, pointing to the country's focus on developing elite athletes from early childhood while paying scant attention to the physical fitness of those of its children who do not show precocious potential as future Olympians. Not surprisingly, China won the most gold medals (51) of the Games in Beijing. As with many things developed …

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