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Jack Uldrich
February 15, 2008

As the famous American philosopher Yogi Berra said, "The future ain't what it used to be."

Don't believe him? I'd like to walk you through a couple of the week's more noteworthy scientific and technological breakthroughs and explain how they could affect your portfolio sooner than you might expect.

Your new power shirt
You've heard of the power tie -- perhaps you've also heard of the nanotechnology ties from Brooks Brothers. They're coated with nanomaterials from Nano-Tex and are stain-resistant. Thanks to nanotechnology, you might soon be adding power shoes, shirts, and baseball caps to your wardrobe.

How so, you ask? Innovative researchers at Georgia Tech have announced that they have made an important step forward in creating fabrics that generate power from the wearer's movement.

The most immediate application is that Nike (NYSE: NKE  ) -- already partners with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) on the Nike + iPod shoe -- might soon power electronic devices from a new source: you. Imagine never running out of power for your cellphone or laptop because those devices replenish themselves from your movements.

More exciting applications of this technology will power up the medical device industry, where companies such as