We were wrong -- so far -- that Carol Bartz would be ousted as Yahoo CEO by the end of this year, but we were right that Apple's tablet, whose name wasn't known at the end of last year, would be huge. OK, so that second one was probably a given, but not all of our 2010 predictions were so easy. We think the same is true with our 2011 predictions.
Stories by Nancy Weil
A third-party processing company should not have been keeping records stolen weeks ago by online thieves in a security breach that could have exposed 40 million credit-card numbers to fraud, the company's chief executive officer (CEO) told The New York Times over the weekend after the breach was revealed last Friday.
While on a seafaring expedition that was part of ongoing environmental genetics work, scientist J. Craig Venter and his crew were suddenly engulfed in a sand storm -- 1,800 miles (2,880 kilometers) from the coast of Africa. The sand storm on the sea led him to begin thinking about the plethora of microbes that swirl through the globe's air, Venter said in a speech Thursday.
A mechanical engineering project at Northeastern University in Boston is bringing "smart fluids" to orthotic devices that will be used for rehabilitation of damaged knees, creating resistance to help the injured joints build strength.
Much of the data being generated in the name of modern medical science is "destined to rest in peace" because laboratories and doctors cannot share information, Dr. George Poste said in the opening keynote of the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo.
"We've got to have all new data mining and visualization tools," said Poste, who is director of the Arizona BioDesign Institute at Arizona State University in Tempe and chief executive officer of Health Technology Networks, a consultancy.