InnovationNew ideas and scientific and technological advancements
It sounds funny, but when Google created a huge computer network that was able to identify cats from YouTube videos, it was a big leap forward for artificial intelligence.
October 18, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A lot of police departments will soon have their own flying robots. How far should they be allowed to go in shooting video from the sky?
October 15, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The ideal future according to a ten-year-old: shorter school days, lower taxes, and lots and lots of robots
October 12, 2012 | By Matt Novak
How citizens are using design interventions to shuffle social dynamics and change public space in cities
October 11, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
The Hestia project draws on a variety of data sources to paint a comprehensive picture of a city's greenhouse gas metabolism
October 10, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Here are 10 things scientists have learned about trees this year. Thanks to climate change, it's not a pretty picture.
October 09, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Cutting-edge research in regenerative medicine suggests that the future of health care may lie in getting the body to grow new parts and heal itself.
October 05, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
From hand-cobbled beginnings, the football helmet has evolved to become one of the most highly designed pieces of equipment in all of sports
October 01, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
New research suggests that most people may not be as committed to their moral principles as they think they are
October 01, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
In an excerpt from his new book, David Byrne explains why sometimes, he prefers hearing nothing
October 2012 | By David Byrne
A new breed of scientists says that if you really want to understand why people make financial decisions, you need to see what's going on inside their brains.
September 28, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The new type of temporary electronics could be implanted in the body or used to monitor the environment without a need for cleanup afterward
September 27, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Here's the latest on robots that work with humans, a revolutionary camera, home 3-D printers, mobile wallets and Google's driverless car.
September 25, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
As this old newspaper ad supplement shows, in the heydey of synthetic knits, DuPont advanced its chemically made fibers as a key to "Better Living"
September 24, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Meet George Jetson! The first installment of our 24-part series on the show that would forever change how we view the future
September 24, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Augustus Heinze dominated the copper fields of Montana, but his family's scheming on Wall Street set off the Panic of 1907.
September 20, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Thanks to GPS, sensors, artificial intelligence and even algorithms based on the behavior of E. coli, it's possible to imagine the end of commuting madness.
September 20, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Although it was on the air for only one season, The Jetsons remains our most popular point of reference when discussing the future.
September 19, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Man's best friend is becoming a key player in fighting cancer, allowing scientists to speed up the process of connecting the dots between genetics and disease.
September 17, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
By stimulating neural activity with electrodes, researchers boosted the mental skills of rhesus monkeys under the influence of cocaine
September 14, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg