NASA’s Spinoff 2010 report, which the agency publishes annually to promote the commercial applications of its investments in technological research, highlights a number of innovations that affect our lives every day. Here are some of the highlights.
With Apple CEO Steve Jobs back on medical leave—an indefinite one, unlike his last break—the company’s investors, $300 billion worth of them, are forced to envision a post-Jobs Apple. And they didn’t like the thought: shares fell as much as 10 percent before rebounding in overseas trading Monday.
The new year brings some radical new experiments in online media. First up is The Daily, a publication created by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. that’s set to launch this month. You won’t be able to read The Daily on a plain old Web browser. It will exist only as an app on the iPad (and, presumably, later on other tablets as well)—and you’ll have to pay $1 a week for a subscription.
It’s probably not going out on a limb to say that John Boehner’s waterworks—the man cries when his party wins control of the House, when he thinks about kids, when he walks down the House aisle to take the Speaker’s gavel—are not meant to reduce sexual arousal in women.
Tim Ferriss is one of those personalities you want to hate, a guy so wildly successful it’s almost comedic. His productivity manifesto, "The 4-Hour Workweek," was an instant New York Times bestseller when it debuted in 2007, despite Ferriss’s not knowing the first thing about publishing.
To any woman having surgery for breast cancer, the words she most wants to hear in the recovery room are, “We got it all.” But if she wants to find the surgeons who have the best track record on the most important measures, she might as well throw darts at a printout of oncologists.
My wife and I first noticed our friends’ preoccupation with autism and vaccines in late 2007, right around the time former TV star and Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy published the first of several bestsellers in which she claimed that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine had probably given her son autism.
Even before their midterm debacle, Democrats couldn’t pass an energy-climate bill worth the name. Prospects for legislation to free the country from dependence on petro-dictators—and put it on a path to a renewable energy-based economy—would seem, therefore, about as likely as John Boehner introducing a $700 billion stimulus bill. So why are renewable-energy advocates smiling?
In terms of being the director of NIH, I don’t think anybody who’s worked with me would be able to identify a circumstance where my personal beliefs about faith have in any way interfered with my role as a scientific leader.
Thanks to sophisticated imaging technology and a raft of longitudinal studies, we’re learning that the teen years are a period of crucial brain development subject to a host of environmental and genetic factors.
In 2003, after the dotcom bubble burst, technology guru Tim O’Reilly threw a party. His company, O’Reilly Media, hosted a free “un-conference” to celebrate technology—and declare that it wasn’t over. This was the first of the much-hyped Foo (Friends of O’Reilly) camps, a sort of Woodstock for technophiles like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Google cofounder Larry Page.