Emerging Tech

Twist, Memory

A standard thumb drive with a Rubik's Cube theme suggests a puzzling approach to hardware interfaces.

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The Dragon has landed

With the successful recovery of the SpaceX Dragon capsule, private space exploration takes a great leap forward. But it's also a reminder of the history of private business in manned spaceflight, both real and imagined.

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Microsoft moves from vibrotactility to ambient textures

A Microsoft patent filed in May (and published yesterday) describes a �topography-changing� display in which shape-memory polymers would react to light signals to change the texture of a display surface, a technology that may be used to develop tactile touchscreens or other controls.

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