Check out the first step to a Star Trek-style universal translator

War-zones such as Afghanistan never have enough interpreters, often forcing soldiers to rely on nonverbal communication that's easily misunderstood. Three new devices solve that by automatically translating one language to another - and you can see it in action! » 8/01/10 10:45am 8/01/10 10:45am

In The Future, Your iPhone Will Be A Universal Translator

Google recently unveiled a smart-phone app that can translate German text into English just by scanning it. And even though we're a long way from Hitchhiker-like Babelfish, the universal translator of Star Trek lore is closer than you think. » 2/28/10 12:00pm 2/28/10 12:00pm

What Are the Unlikeliest Futures for the Human Species?

Welcome to Ask a Biogeek, a column where you ask UC Berkeley researcher Terry Johnson any question you want - no matter how weird. » 8/21/08 9:00am 8/21/08 9:00am Reader Matthew asks: "Blocked" is perhaps too rigorous a standard, but there are certainly some futures far less likely than others. I can't , but perhaps I can convince you that a few…