The era of big data has arrived. Last year, consumers and businesses around the world are estimated to have stored more than 13 exabytes of information on PCs, laptops and other devices - the equivalent of more than 52,000 times the information housed in the Library of Congress. An exabyte is 1 followed by 18 zeros, or a billion gigabytes.
Early this April, when researchers at Washington University in St. Louis reported that a woman with a host of electrodes temporarily positioned over the speech center of her brain was able to move a computer cursor on a screen simply by thinking but not pronouncing certain sounds, it seemed like the Singularity—the long-standing science fiction dream of melding man and machine to create a better species—might have arrived.
Columbia introduced a new line Omni-Freeze Ice clothing that will cool you to the core even on the hottest of days. The clothing is made of flat fibers that lay close to your skin and help remove both your body heat and sweat on a hot day.
Using and developing new materials has been vital to the development of humankind. Indeed, the naming of the "ages" of history after materials - the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age - demonstrate the importance that humans place in materials.
Andy Rubin, Google's top mobile-phone executive, likes to talk about everything being "Android-ized." Android has become the top smartphone operating system in the United States, but Google's ambitions for it go well beyond tablet computers and smartphones, even beyond the mobile Web.
Increasingly, the things people use on a daily basis can be connected to the Internet. An alarm clock not only rings, but can also switch on the coffee machine while turning on the light. But what is needed to ensure that the Internet of Things operates as efficiently as possible?
Summer blockbusters or fall and winter Oscar nominees, new research shows younger viewers are likely watching movies on electronic devices as well as movie and television screens to feed their content craving.