Technovelgy Top Stories For 2004
| 1. Spaceflight
Club For Space Enthusiasts
The enthusiasm of the amateur space explorers in the Baltimore Gun Club has been kept alive since 1867.
|2. Rat Neurons Learn Flight Simulator
Talk about sheer slack-jawed "come on, no way" impossibility - the head cheeses from Peter Watt's novel Starfish are here.
|3. BrainGate - Earth Scientists Begin To Crack Krell Secrets
We saw the movie about fifty years ago - now scientists are working out direct brain-computer interfaces.
|4. Chips In Your Head - Artificial Brain Prosthesis Under Development
We all read about microsofts - chips you could just slide into your brain to augment its functionality - twenty years ago.
|5. NASA's New Radiation Shielding First Proposed
By John W. Campbell In 1936
Still a good idea after all those years.
|6. Philips FluidFocus: Variable Focus Fluid Lens
Now, if we could just find some "hufhuf" oil, we'd be all set.
|7. Philips Rollable Display (Active-Matrix)
These amazing thin, rollable displays bring us right to the era of poster televisions and smart paper.
|8. Microvision Laser Monocle: Technician Retina-Vision
Frederic Pohl thought about these in 1952.
9. Proposal To Move An Asteroid
Herbert's Odalarm - Scent-Based Alarm Clock
Everybody has their favorites - yes, it's a 100% for-real Odalarm.What a great year.
Runner-up stories included Roboshiko! Robot Masters Sumo And Linux, Motosk8 - Next Best Thing To Tele-Motor-Coasters, Humans Teach Bacteria New Language, Polymeric Nitrogen, Crime-Fighting Computer - The Game's Afoot 24x7, and Sleep Pods,
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