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Cornell University
Hollister Hall 362
Ithaca, NY 14850

Board of Editors
Scientific American
75 Varick Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1917

To whom it may concern,

We are Cornell University College of Engineering students currently researching an interesting topic which we feel would fit well in Scientific American. Our proposed article topic is space mining, an exciting scientific frontier which has recently had some new developments. Space mining was first mentioned in science fiction in 1898, and developments on the topic since then indicate that it will soon become a reality. Our article will discuss the basics of space mining, as well as the challenges and benefits that will come with it.

The development of asteroid mining will pose many interesting technical challenges, which if solved could drive major changes in the space industry and manufacturing as a whole. Starting from the current venture capital state of the industry, our article will look forward towards some of the possible challenges that today’s companies will face, like finding suitable asteroids and bringing them close enough to earth to be useful. The limits of today’s technology will be considered, along with current proposals put forth by academics and the space industry. Finally, a discussion of the far future ramifications for the space manufacturing industry will get readers interested in the important first steps being taken today.

With the recent emergence of companies such as Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, asteroid mining is being discussed as something we will likely accomplish within the next few decades. We believe that our article about this exciting opportunity will be a great fit in your publication now, as current technological developments have a direct impact on the realization of the project, which will affect our lives.

Thank you for your consideration,

Michael Jalkio
Katie Johnson
Jennie Lee
Ariadni Mentekidou
Andrew Rzeznik


Team J + Andrew
Cornell University
326 Hollister Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

July 10, 2013

Jason Pontin
MIT Technology Review
PO Box 16327
North Hollywood, CA 91615-6327

Dear Mr. Pontin,

Despite the fact that humans are living longer than ever and have become far more medically advanced in the past couple of decades, there are still a number of problems that we have yet been able to tackle successfully. Every day, only seventy-nine people are lucky enough to receive organs. There are an average of eighteen people a day, however, who die while they wait for a new organ. Additionally, one out of every 200 people in the United States are amputees, and of those amputees, 94.8% of them have prosthetic limbs. However, many claim that their prosthetics are painful and uncomfortable, which prevents them from using them daily.

Our article introduces the growing field of 3D printing for human body interfaces. 3D printing is not a new idea; its primary applications pertain to the aviation and automobile industries. Unfortunately there have been few advances in the biomedical field, despite the promise it has shown. There have been many articles promising advances in the 3D printing of organs or artificial limbs, which seems to be the next big success in the field of 3D printing. For example, they have already successfully transplanted part of a face, and given a two year old girl an entirely new set of arms. Our article will extend the discussions and focus more on the pros and cons of the future of 3D printing for biomedical applications for a wider variety of uses.

We believe that Technology Review would be a great medium to educate readers not only about the current applications of 3D printing technology, but also about its future potential. By communicating with this magazine's primary target audience, specifically leaders of academia and business, we hope that it may inspire them to contribute more time and resources to further advance 3D printing technology.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Sincerely,
Team J+Andrew


Team GOOOGLE
Cornell University
362 Hollister Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

July 17, 2013

Discover Magazine
Kalmbach Publishing Co.
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53186

To whom it may concern,

Driverless cars are one of the foremost up and coming technologies that can revolutionize transportation throughout society. From a reduction in traffic congestion to a decrease in automotive deaths, driverless cars offer solutions to many of today’s problems on the road. It is no longer a question of whether or not this technology is possible, but how these vehicles will transition into today’s society. The introduction of driverless cars will draw on the controversy between private rights and public safety, creating new ethical and political dilemmas that society will need to address.

Our article, “Ford, Chevy, … Google? Driverless Cars Invade the Industry” will appeal to well educated and involved citizens. The transition to autonomous cars involves the introduction of many new and exciting technologies that will captivate your audience, such as collision-detection sensors that record and process over 1 gigabyte of data per second.

Google has led the way with driverless cars, clocking over 300,000 accident free miles on California roadways. Following in suit, other companies, such as BMW, Volvo, Audi, and Chevy, have begun to develop unique autonomous systems and implement them in their own models as well. Officially, it is becoming a competitive market with Mercedes putting a fully autonomous sedan already in production.

Our article explains the benefits and challenges of driverless cars while reassuring readers that this technology is also user-friendly. Discover’s technology section often includes cutting edge innovations, including periodic updates on driverless cars, so we think our article would fit perfectly.

Thank you for your time and consideration, we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Shryan Appalaraju, John Gunn, Chris Muth, Molly Tierney, Michelle Yanda


Team Stux:

WIRED Magazine
520 Third Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107 USA
July 10, 2013

Dear Mr. Robinson,

We are a small research team from Cornell University focusing on cyber warfare and the future of computer technology, and we would like to propose an article, “Worming Behind Enemy Lines,” as a feature piece in WIRED magazine.

Since the discoveries of game-changing malware such as Stuxnet in 2010, Duqu in 2011, and Flame in 2012, cyber warfare has become a leading issue in national security and international warfare. Previously, with simpler computer worms and viruses, the only attacks were simple reconnaissance and spying. However, with Stuxnet, we saw physical infrastructure disabled in an enemy facility using only a computer worm, and with Flame, we saw spying so advanced that the program could hijack microphones, cameras, and even tap into neighboring Bluetooth devices. Our cyber capabilities have reached the point of serious national security concerns.

In the past, worms and viruses were pet projects for small time criminals looking to steal information and computer science majors looking to shake things up. Now, in 2013, we know that the worm issue is much more serious. In a July 2013 interview, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden confirmed long held suspicions: that the US government was behind Stuxnet. Although this news is not surprising, it has widespread implications. Flame, Duqu, and Stuxnet mark the beginning of heavily funded cyber warfare campaigns that can have consequences outside of the computer world, and government involvement in cyber warfare, and success, suggests that it will be a significant focus in our future.

In 2012, WIRED’s own Kim Zetter, expert on cyber warfare, guarantees that there are more advanced worms out there that we have not yet discovered, and with our world trending towards computerization, cyber security is sure to be a huge issue in the immediate future. Our article will discuss the past, present, and future of cyber warfare, and its implications to both nations and individuals.

We thank you for considering our article, and we look forward to hearing back from you in the near future.

Sincerely,
CU Cyber Warfare Research Team


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