InnovationNew ideas and scientific and technological advancements
The new year could feature discoveries of life within subglacial Antarctic lakes, the brightest comet in generations and more
December 28, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
All are inventive minds pushing technology in fresh directions, some to solve stubborn problems, others to make our lives a little fuller
December 27, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Whether they're breaking ground or topping off, these are the biggest building projects we'll be watching in 2013
December 26, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
After Teddy Roosevelt's act of sportsmanship in 1902 was made legendary by a political cartoonist, his name was forever affixed to an American classic
December 21, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Here's the second half of a list of innovations that, while not as splashy as Google Glass, may actually become a bigger part of our daily lives.
December 21, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
They haven't received much attention yet, but here are some of the more innovative--and useful--ideas that have popped up this year.
December 18, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
From the Higgs Boson to the Curiosity rover, 2012 was a major year for science
December 14, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Canadian researchers have created a computer model that performs tasks like a human brain. It also sometimes forgets things.
December 14, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Aspiring makers are now finding ways to manufacture their designs in American factories
December 13, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Previously traced to ancient Egypt, prehistoric pottery indicates that cheese was invented thousands of years earlier
December 12, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
A roundup of unique (if impractical) science gifts, from glass anatomical models to retro adding machines
December 07, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
From glasses that fight jet lag to a plant that waters itself to a rocking chair that fires up the iPad, here are presents no one will forget.
December 07, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Health and medical mobile apps are booming. But what happens when they shift from tracking data to diagnosing diseases?
December 04, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A new advance in lighting could soon bring a silent, consistent glow that's easy on the eyes to an office near you
December 04, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Bryan Stevenson, the winner of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in social justice, has taken his fight all the way to the Supreme Court
December 2012 | By Chris Hedges
A high school sophomore won the youth achievement Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for inventing a new method to detect a lethal cancer
December 2012 | By Abigail Tucker
Born in desperation and long mocked, the social media platform has become a popular research and intelligence-gathering tool.
November 30, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The newly discovered quasar spews an amount of energy equivalent to more than two million suns
November 28, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Retailers are mining personal data to learn everything about you so they can help you help yourself to their products.
November 27, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Principles from the weather models that predicted Sandy a week ahead of time might be used to warn about the flu before it arrives
November 27, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg