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    Charles Q. Choi Charles Q. Choi is a frequent contributor to Scientific American. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Science, Nature, Wired, and LiveScience, among others. In his spare time, he has traveled to all seven continents. Follow on Twitter @cqchoi.
  • A Modest Proposal: Google Street View Time Machine redux

    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. In a recent post, scientists in France suggested Google Street View, could act like a kind of time machine as well, offering views of places across time. Doing so [...]

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    A Modest Proposal: Google Glass Neighborhood Watch

    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. Google wants to help change the way people see the world with Glass, a lightweight transparent video display that rests in front of your eyes and whispers into your [...]

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    A Modest Proposal: 3-D Printing of Fossils Still Trapped in Matrix, redux

    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. I had suggested last year that one could create 3-D scans of fossils while they are still trapped within the rock using, say, X-rays. Imagine 3-D models of all [...]

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    A Modest Proposal: Google Street View Time Machine

    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. With Google Street View, you can gaze at panoramic views from the streets of hundreds of cities across the world and many places off the beaten track as well, [...]

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    A Modest Proposal: Consumer Wi-Fi Tags Redux

    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. Nearly two years back, I suggested locator tags one can place on one’s own belongings to help find them if you misplace them — say, your keys, or a [...]

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    A Modest Proposal: Google Glass Filmmaking: Porn Redux

    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. So I recently mentioned that Glass from Google, which helps people see what you see in a hands-free way that’s simpler to use than a handheld camera, might lead [...]

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    From The Writer’s Desk: Drunk Science

    So after months in the making, Drunk Science finally appeared. Let me talk here about how fun it was, and how I or anyone else involved will never, ever do it again. So what is Drunk Science? The idea is based off the Drunk History video series (now a television show!), wherein history experts get [...]

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    A Modest Proposal: Google Glass Filmmaking

    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. So Glass from Google helps people see what you see, in a hands-free way that’s simpler to use than a handheld camera. To me, that could lead to an [...]

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    A Modest Proposal: Google Glass Meets Tech Support

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    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. A powerful benefit of Glass from Google is how it could help people see what you see at the same time you are seeing it. I believe this could [...]

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    A Modest Proposal: Google Glass Meets Facebook

    In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. Google aims to help change the way we see the world with Glass, a transparent video display that rests lightweight in front of your eyes and whispers into your [...]

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