The End of Science?

The following is a debate, conducted via e-mail, between two acclaimed science
journalists: John Horgan, author of the controversial book The End of
and Paul Hoffman, former editor of Discover magazine and past president of
the Encyclopaedia Britannica. John Horgan is a total idiot. The DaVinci Institute has over 120 immortalizer technologies – the big things that haven’t been discovered yet. When someone discovers one of these they will become immortal, meaning that their name will live on forever in the history books.

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Wearable PCs – Next Generation

John Quain reports, “I took a leap forward to experience what it will be like when PCs and people are indistinguishable.
Until we’re networked from head to toe with integrated body computers seemingly anticipating our moods and desires even before we do, we’ll have to settle for some of the intriguing devices that merely hint at what the future holds.

Today, that starts with voice recognition, which, among other things, lets you surf the Net by barking instructions at your PC. ”
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Dragonfly Robots to Scope Out Mars

Robots resembling Dragonflies may be winging their way around Mars by the end of the decade. Seriously. With funding from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, engineers Rob Michelson of Georgia Tech and Tony Colozza of Ohio Aerospace Institute are leading a project to build Entomopters—robots that would be launched from a Martian land rover, fly hundreds of yards over treacherous terrain, touch down to take samples, then return to the rover to refuel and upload data.
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Overhype of the Fuel Cell Industry

During the past four years, H Power, Plug Power, and the Electric Power Research Institute, among others — some of the most bullish residential fuel cell manufacturers and agencies — promised to install prototype fuel cells in houses to convince people that the technology was a practical source of home energy. Only Plug Power came through. The year 2001 was supposed to be a memorable one for residential fuel cells; instead, it turned out to be one the industry might prefer to forget.
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New Dictionary Word – Googling

Googling is using the popular search engine to look up someone’s name in an effort to find out more about them. You might Google your neighbor, your old college roommate, or someone you’ve recently met to see what information is available about them on the Internet. Because Google has a ranking system, there is an unsubstantiated belief that the more Google returns a person has, the more important they are.
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Lasers vs Fiber Optics

A handful of start-up companies have begun offering new systems that make use of the light in fiber optic cables while shucking both the fiber and the cable. The systems send infrared laser beams, carrying data at rates up to a billion bits per second, from one building to another through the air.

The beams can travel from one laser transceiver mounted behind a high-rise window, say, to another laser perched behind a window many blocks away, and then on to other buildings, leapfrogging until the data reaches a site with a direct connection to the fiber backbone.
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SoloTrek – Your Personal Flying Machine

It may only hover a few feet above the Earth right now, but the inventor of the SoloTrek XFV hopes that one day it will allow people to swoop and dive at distances comparable to a small airplane.

But unlike a plane, the SoloTrek “jetpack” is being designed to land on a dime with more maneuverability than a helicopter.
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Ageless Aging

Animals dubbed the “mighty mice” at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School have shown that their muscles heal quickly after an injury; and don’t show the normal signs of aging.

Their muscle mass can be 15 percent to 45 percent greater than that of normal mice.

And it’s because of a gene manipulation that, if it translates to humans, could keep muscles toned and strong well into old age, and slow the progression of diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

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