The intersection of the buildable, the profitable and the desirable in one nice diagram.
"Big data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it."
Merging plasmonics and nanophotonics to enable new Quantum Information Systems
Structures called “metamaterials” and the merging of two technologies under development are promising the emergence of new “quantum information systems” far more powerful than today’s computers. The concept hinges on using single photons – the tiny particles that make up light – for switching and routing in future computers that might harness the exotic principles of quantum mechanics. The image at left depicts a “spherical dispersion” of light in a conventional material, and the image at right shows the design of a metamaterial that has a “hyperbolic dispersion” not found in any conventional material, potentially producing quantum-optical applications. (Zubin Jacob, 2011)
Science in three dimensions - in this case a 3d- printed binding protein. As seen in Nature, by Nicola Jones, July 14th, 2012.
Nanoparticles amplify tumor signals, making them much easier to detect in the urine, by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office, Dec 14th, 2012.
These nano- particles created by MIT engineers can act as synthetic biomarkers for disease. The particles (brown) are coated with peptides (blue) that are cleaved by enzymes (green) found at the disease site. The peptides then accumulate in the urine, where they can be detected using mass spectrometry.
// Peter Wynn, mashed pixel array data, Adam Ferriss.
"Some people … say design is about solving problems. Obviously designers do solve problems, but then so do dentists. Design is about cultural invention. There are some people who want to reduce the domain of design to listable, knowable stuff, so it’s easy to talk about. Design is a glamorous, glittering world and this means they can engage without having to actually risk themselves on the outcome of their work. This is damaging. It turns design into something terrified of invention. Design is about risk."