InnovationNew ideas and scientific and technological advancements
Design strategies for arid regions go back centuries, but in the face of climate change, drylands design is a whole new ballgame
April 19, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
In 1983, a Chinese fast-food restaurant hired a curious-looking pair of servers: Tanbo R-1 and Tanbo R-2.
April 19, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Think that all the best inventions happen in rich countries and trickle down to poor ones? Think again.
April 18, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Alarmed by the sinking of the ocean liner, a radio pioneer devised a way to detect icebergs—and then submarines, reefs and schools of fish
April 13, 2012 | By Peter Smith
Frankenstein is back, but this time his story is interactive, as publishers scramble to "enhance" novels.
April 12, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Whether it's tiny robots swimming inside our bodies or super-efficient 3D solar panels, nature never stops providing answers
April 09, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The internet giant's newest innovation is a wearable computing device that projects data right in front of our eyes
April 06, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Nike's latest innovation promises to improve runners' comfort, help the environment, and revolutionize shoe manufacturing
April 06, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
The new Marlins Park in Miami isn't another retro stadium. No, it's high-tech and arty and a little bit wacky
April 05, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
In the 1940s and 50s, shoe stores were dangerous places. At the center of the shopping experience was the shoe-fitting fluoroscope—a pseudoscientific machine that became a token of mid-century marketing deception.
April 04, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
As polio ravaged patients worldwide, two gifted American researchers developed distinct vaccines against it. Then the question was: Which one to use?
April 03, 2012 | By Gilbert King
New research suggests the brain is more organized than previously thought and alsothat a full memory can reside within only a few neurons
April 02, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
According to past predictions, we should be living in an era of flying cars and other marvels. But be glad that some advances haven't happened
April 2012 | By Bruce McCall
Neal Stephenson created the Hieroglyph Project to convince sci-fi writers to stop worrying and learn to love the future
April 2012 | By Annalee Newitz
Some urban planners and architects say we can do a lot better than asphalt slabs and concrete boxes
March 29, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
New artificial intelligence programs can analyze data sets to produce news articles that mimic the human voice
March 29, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Could futuristic technology have saved the milkman from extinction?
March 28, 2012 | By Matt Novak
In many ways, 3D printing could be a superior way to manufacture shoes. But comfort isn't one yet.
March 28, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
A new device uses laser pulses to create 3-D images of areas beyond its line of sight
March 27, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The big buzzword in digital technology now is "frictionless," meaning the less we humans have to deal with, the better
March 26, 2012 | By Randy Rieland