The Era of “Miracle Plastics” Dawns

So-called experts from Thomas Malthus to Paul Ehrlich have argued that meeting the needs of an ever-growing population...

published on: Aug 2, 2012

The Nano-War on Cancer

For over a decade, utilities and regulators have been talking about replacing our century-old electrical grid with a...

published on: May 3, 2012

Fast, Low-Cost Human Genomes Will Transform...

Nowhere has the impact of digitization been more profound than in the field of genomics. In roughly a dozen years,...

published on: Jan 6, 2012

The Hard Facts About Metallic Glass

Imagine a material that's stronger than steel or titanium and just as tough. Imagine that this material is inexpensive...

published on: Jul 7, 2011

Engineered Cells Changing Our Lives

published on: Apr 6, 2011

While creating new species using “synthetic biology” is a lot more glamorous, the big biotech payoff, in the coming decade, will come from the...

Johannes Gutenberg Meets Andy Grove: Cheap,...

published on: Feb 15, 2011

Suddenly, it has become commercially viable to literally print electronic devices right onto paper, plastics, and other materials — finally paving...

Don't Forget Your Invisibility Cloak

published on: Dec 15, 2010

At least since H.G. Wells wrote The Invisible Man, laymen and scientists alike have dreamed of making things invisible. Perhaps the most memorable...

The Huge Potential of Micro-Sensors

published on: Sep 15, 2010

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, represent a midway point between the macroscopic world in which engineers have worked for centuries and the...

The Dawn of the Bio-Entrepreneur Era

published on: Aug 15, 2010

Synthetic biology is the technology that allows scientists to create "artificial life forms" tailored to perform otherwise impossible feats. For our...

How Trickle-Up Innovation Will Change the World

published on: May 15, 2009

Traditionally, the developed world has innovated and the developing world has benefited from mature versions of those innovations. However,...

The Great 21st Century Water Opportunity

published on: May 15, 2009

Throughout history, water has been one of man's most important economic resources. Now, trends in population growth, urbanization, and...

Instant Disease Diagnosis

published on: Feb 15, 2009

Nanotech is making huge strides in many areas. However, few of these areas are likely to deliver the benefits promised by a new generation of fast,...

Micro-Robots Work Inside the Human Body

published on: Jan 15, 2009

A whole new generation of robots is coming. These revolutionary, autonomous swimming and crawling machines are tiny and exploit electromagnetic...

DNA Computing

published on: Dec 15, 2008

For more than a decade, scientists have been discovering ways in which the molecules of DNA could be used to solve computational problems....

The "Lab on a Chip" Revolution

published on: Aug 15, 2008

Micro-electronics is merging with a new technology called micro-fluidics to make possible the construction of entire chemical laboratories that can...

Graphene Promises to Revolutionize Nanotech

published on: Jun 15, 2008

Graphene is a newly recognized form of carbon comprised of single sheets of atoms. It is likely to transform infotech and nanotech in the coming...

Big Opportunities in Nanomedicine

published on: Mar 15, 2008

Nowhere else does nanotech offer such enormous potential than it does in healthcare. Cancer, infections, and birth defects all originate at the...

Good Bacteria Goes Mainstream

published on: Feb 15, 2008

For centuries, microorganisms have played an important role in the production of products ranging from yogurt to wine. But in the past decade...

Manufacturing Nanotech Wonders

published on: Feb 15, 2008

More than 20 years ago, when the Trends editors began to follow the work of nanotech visionaries like Eric Drexler, most mainstream analysts...

The Next Big Thing in Outer Space May Be Quite...

published on: Oct 15, 2007

Commercial companies, universities, and space research agencies such as NASA are developing a new spacecraft generation weighing less than 100kg...

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