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Assignment: Impossible

Assignment: Impossible

Exploring the area between the unknown and the impossible.

From the Writer s Desk: The Dangers of Press Releases

I recently returned from the latest ScienceOnline conference regarding science and the Web. I could wax poetic at great length about what a joy it was to hang out with science writing enthusiasts and luminaries and to meet numerous colleagues face-to-face for the first time, but I'll let others such as Ed Yong go into greater depth as to why you might want to go yourself.Instead, I want to discuss a discovery that me and fellow science writer Maggie Koerth-Baker made the last night of the meeting that prompted a great deal of swearing from the both of us...

January 24, 2012 — Charles Q. Choi

A Modest Proposal: Everyday Lifelogging

I've talked about how Star Trek -like communicator badges might help open new vistas of voice interaction with our mobile devices. I think they could easily allow any of us to record all our conversations for everyday lifelogging.Lifeloggers wear computers to capture their entire lives, or most of them...

November 30, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

Visions: Laws of Ideal Masses

In the series "Visions," science fiction about the very latest research will be paired with analysis looking into the facts behind the fiction. The goal is to marry ripped-from-the-headlines science fiction with analysis into the possibilities hinted at by new discoveries...

November 17, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

A Modest Proposal: Game-Sourcing 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.

November 16, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

A Modest Proposal: Consumer Wi-Fi Tags.

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.

October 21, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

Visions: Predictive Text

In the series "Visions," science fiction about the very latest research will be paired with analysis looking into the facts behind the fiction. The goal is to marry ripped-from-the-headlines science fiction with analysis into the possibilities hinted at by new discoveries...

October 5, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

A Modest Proposal: Rental Robots

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.

October 4, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

Too Hard for Science? Peter Watts--Fusing Brains

Could investigating conjoined twins shed light on the mysteries of consciousness? In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don't think could be investigated...

September 21, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

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