With a belief that there's a future in optical drives, start-up Millenniata and LG have partnered to commercialize a disc that lasts 'forever.'
Emerging trends in technology and new developments in science will affect the way we live. Chris Jablonski selects and analyzes news about our future that you'll almost never find anywhere else.
Christopher Jablonski is a freelance technology writer. Previously, he held research analyst positions in the IT industry and was the manager of marketing editorial at CBS Interactive. He's been contributing to ZDNet since 2003.</p> <p>Christopher received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. With over 12 years in IT, he's an expert on transformational technologies, particularly those influential in B2B.
Researchers report metallic-like conduction of an electrical charge across the biofilm of specialized bacteria, opening new possibilities for environmentally-sustainable nanomaterials and nano-electronic devices.
Rice University scientists demonstrate how graphene -- a "miracle material" -- can be made from just about any carbon source, including insects, waste, and Girl Scout cookies.
German researchers have demonstrated how regular LEDs can be turned into an optical WLAN with only a "few additional components."
Japanese researchers have developed a robot that can lift a patient up to 80kg (176 lbs) off the floor and onto a wheelchair, charting a path for high-quality care for its growing elderly population.
In this interview, author Ramez Naam provides a sneak peak into his upcoming book: The Infinite Resource - Growing Prosperity While Reducing Impact on the Earth.
Engineers at the University of Southampton have developed an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed, potentially changing the economics of aircraft design.
Chinese scientists report that they've developed an aquatic microrobot that mimics the water-walking abilities of water striders.
Researchers in Cleveland, Ohio have built an artificial lung that reaches functional parity with a human lung. The device uses oxygen sourced from the air rather than pure oxygen as current man-made lungs require.
Carbon nanotubes are quickly becoming the building blocks of innovation across most industries. Here are five potential applications that underscore the wide impact of these tiny tubes.
Using high-magnetic fields researchers have managed to suppress quantum decorehence, a key stumbling block for quantum computing.
Solar photovoltaic panels installed on rooftops do more than supply clean power, they also act as "roof shades" to keep buildings cool.
Drawing inspiration from the success of large-scale incentive-based prize competitions, Thomas Frey, a futurist and executive director at the DaVinci Institute, announced a series of eight massively difficult competitions for the future.
Speaking at eComm 2011, a futurist explains how the mobile phone as we know it will disappear, evolving into a device linking our senses directly with senses of other people or with machines by the turn of the decade.
The eye of the mantis shrimp has led an international team of researchers to develop a two-part waveplate that could improve CD, DVD, blu-ray and holographic technology, creating even higher definition and larger storage density.