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American Institute of Physics



December/January 2002-2003
Volume 8, Number 6


Big step toward molecular electronics
A Hewlett-Packard research team has created the first molecular-electronic memory chip, which
achieved a storage density 10 times that of conventional silicon electronics. The chip's memory was non-volatile and was combined with logic elements, both advantages over silicon-based random access memories–Eric J. Lerner

Building the nanofuture with carbon tubes
Following the attacks in Carbon nanotubes have hundreds of properties and each property is a business. Some producers of nanostructured carbon materials are gearing up to produce multiton quantities. But nanotubes may also be the most expensive material in the world, so progress depends on cheap mass production–Jennifer Ouellette

Buying patterns in e-commerce
E-commerce brings us closer to the idea of a perfect market. But cultural, linguistic, and political differences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia mean that people's responses to e-commerce vary widely–Zita Zoltay Paprika

Will innovation flourish in the future?
In modern industrial nations, quantum mechanics contributed to the Internet, computers, lasers, atomic clocks, the Global Positioning System, and superconductors. But who is going to do the basic research that will form the basis for the next technology revolutions?–Jerome I. Friedman


Briefs: Molecular electronics; better x-ray imaging; solar-cell efficiency; Transparent circuits

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Opinion: Will innovation flourish in the future?

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