Topic: Computer Science

March 7, 2011 Information Inventory - Scientists have estimated the total amount of information transmitted and stored by humans.
January 7, 2011 E-Book Roundup - Electronic paper could bring video to newspapers and magazines.
December 20, 2010 Satellites & Human Rights - Satellite images document human rights abuses in Burma.
December 15, 2010 Neanderthal Brains - Brain development in the first year of a baby's life set us apart from our extinct Neanderthal relatives.
December 2, 2010 Speedy Diodes - A new processor technology may potentially supplant the silicon chip.
October 28, 2010 Google Crater - Scientists have found a previously undiscovered meteorite impact crater using Google Earth.
October 11, 2010 Robonaut - A human-like robot is about to make its first trip into outer space.
October 5, 2010 Mapping Disasters - Google Earth is making it easier to locate survivors of natural disasters.
September 17, 2010 Podcast - AIR & SPACE: The moon is shrinking - slowly, astronomers discover a solar system similar to our own, exploring the moons of Jupiter, how satellite-based mapping programs can help during natural disasters, and why clouds have distinct borders.
September 6, 2010 Ovarian Cancer Test - Researchers are developing a highly accurate screening test for ovarian cancer.
August 25, 2010 Translator Phones - A specialized telephone may serve as a translator for troops in Afghanistan.
August 23, 2010 Designing Faces - An engineering design technique can help surgeons reconstruct the delicate bones of the face.
August 13, 2010 Podcast - CUTTING-EDGE MEDICINE: Re-growing joints and re-constructing faces, the link between gut bacteria and multiple sclerosis, and octopus venoms that could treat pain.
April 30, 2010 Bio Computer Roundup - The cat's lightning-fast hunting instincts of inspire new computer circuit design.
April 29, 2010 NASA’s Basement Tapes - Scientists resurrect satellite data from old NASA tapes.
April 23, 2010 Podcast - ANIMAL UPDATE: Birdsong in the genes, hummingbirds and heliconias, a more environmentally friendly pig, and cat-inspired computer circuits.
February 12, 2010 Slime Engineers Roundup - Slime molds inspire mass transit planners.
December 22, 2009 Facebook Personality - Our social networking profiles are surprisingly accurate reflections of our true personalities.
October 28, 2009 Brain to Brain Interface - Scientists have successfully transmitted information from one brain to another.
September 23, 2009 Cancer Surgery Robot - A robot may help cancer surgeons confirm the locations of tumors.
September 4, 2009 Podcast - HEALTH REPORT: A new micro-needle patch could bring vaccines to millions, we really do walk in circles when we're lost, and a robot that outperforms humans at tumor surgery. Also: does melatonin cure jet lag, and will reading in dim light really ruin your eyes?
July 24, 2009 Robot Roundup - A new generation of robots can recognize and mimic human facial expressions.
July 1, 2009 Computer Composer - A new computer program can generate an infinite amount of original music.
June 19, 2009 Podcast - SOUNDS & SIGNALS: Prairie dogs sound the alarm, turning bed bugs against themselves, bird songs vary by climate, and improving forensic voice comparison.
April 21, 2009 Video Game Vision - Playing video games can give you better eyesight.
April 10, 2009 Podcast - How to calculate the distance of stars, new uses for old rocks in the fight against global warming, and why video games might actually be good for your vision.
March 31, 2009 Server Naps - Programming big computer servers to shut on and off in fractions of a second could save huge amounts of power.
March 27, 2009 Podcast - How sleep affects your long-term memory, nap-time for computers saves energy and how we smell fear in people - literally.
January 26, 2009 Elderly Video Gamers - Playing a strategic video game may help seniors keep their brains sharp.
November 18, 2008 Car Talk - Drivers make fewer mistakes when hearing a voice that matches their mood.
November 7, 2008 Podcast - Sled dogs defy fatigue, inside the musician's brain, fooling a GPS system, and more.
October 24, 2008 Podcast - Learning from electric eels, the roots of ticklishness, the health benefits of web surfing and maternal vaccines that protect babies.
October 22, 2008 GPS Spoofing - Researchers demonstrate how GPS receivers can be led astray.
September 16, 2008 Brain Capacity - A listener asks: how many gigabytes could the human brain hold?
June 27, 2008 Podcast - COMPUTERS & BIOLOGY: Both bacteria and beetles promise to speed up computing, a computer game that could lead to a cure for deadly diseases, and more.
June 25, 2008 Bacterial Computing - Bacteria may be the backbone of some future supercomputers.
June 12, 2008 Foldit Game - A new web-based computer game could lead to breakthroughs in medicine.
March 20, 2008 Encyclopedia of Life - A new, comprehensive repository of scientific information for all life on earth comes to the web.
March 5, 2008 Modeling Regret - Computer models simulate human behavior better when they learn to regret.
February 22, 2008 Bioengineering Roundup - Researchers use a diatom's genes to design a better microchip.
Podcast - How air pollution could cause heart disease. Global warming may make Antartica vulnerable to predators. "Virtual" children help real children thrive.
February 19, 2008 Virtual Children - "Virtual" children may help prepare kids with high-functioning autism to interact with their peers.
January 25, 2008 Podcast - Space Research Update: the 11-year solar storm cycle returns, the MESSENGER spacecraft reports back from Mercury, and the search for intelligent life in the universe continues with the help of your computer. Also: Unique animal and plant adaptations. This week's web links: Space Weather Network:; Latest MESSENGER photographs of Mercury:; Sign up for SETI@Home:
January 22, 2008 SETI@Home Upgrade - The search for extraterrestrial intelligence continues with upgraded software you can use at home. To sign up visit:
December 18, 2007 Vacation Photos - Computer scientists are using vacation photos found on the internet to create virtual 3-D models of historical cities and archaeological landmarks.
December 14, 2007 Podcast - Science or Nonsense? Science confronts alternative medicine and vaccine myths. Also: Can we learn anything from violent video games?
November 26, 2007 Baby Robots - Researchers have developed a new way for children once left behind by their peers to explore the world around them.
November 20, 2007 Bus Schedule Math - Engineers have developed a mathematical algorithm for optimizing bus schedules.
November 2, 2007 Podcast - How spiders avoid getting caught. Plastic that's as strong as steel. A purpose for the appendix? And more.
October 29, 2007 Vocal Joystick - A new computer program allows users to operate a mouse using just the sound of their voice.