InnovationNew ideas and scientific and technological advancements
How the Nova, the latest in artificial climbing wall design, goes from in-home gym to living room gallery
July 31, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Counterterrorism strategy now includes everything from trolling on extremists' websites to studying how the brain responds to storytelling
July 30, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
One of the more innovative urban architectural trends has been the planting of vertical gardens. Now a study confirms they're more than show; they can have a big impact on cleaning up city air.
July 26, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
It may seem like getting around is the same old grind every day. But take heart. There's a lot of original thinking going on about how we go places.
July 23, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A treatment for the devastating disease has eluded scientists for almost two decades. But new research offers hope that they finally may be on the right path.
July 19, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
How filmmakers created a gorgeous, dystopian future
July 19, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Design innovation often seems like a path with no end, but in competitive swimwear, we've found the point where ingenuity fundamentally changes the nature of the sport
July 16, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
A lot of police departments hope so. They're starting to invest in software that uses algorithms to forecast where crimes are most likely to happen.
July 16, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
With their populations aging rapidly in coming decades, many countries, including the U.S., will rely heavily on technology to take care of seniors.
July 12, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
As nasty weather, from droughts to violent storms, becomes more likely, tech companies are developing tools to help us deal with the worst nature has to offer.
July 09, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A system developed by engineers in India automatically detects when a driver's phone is in use and uses a low-range mobile jammer to prevent calls and texts
July 06, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
John D. Rockefeller Sr. epitomized Gilded Age capitalism. Ida Tarbell was one of the few willing to hold him accountable.
July 05, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Batteries, so much a part of our daily lives, are being transformed. Now scientists say they've created one out of spray paint.
July 05, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Andrew Blum, author of the new book "Tubes," spent two years exploring the physical constructions around the world that enable the Internet to exist
July 03, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The famed author and advocate for people with autism looks at the differences in how the human mind operates
July 2012 | By Temple Grandin
Over 70 percent of the processed food in America already contains ingredients that have been genetically modified. So why is the biotech industry nervous about its future?
June 29, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
In a recent experiment, genetic mutation and artificial selection were harnessed to make semiconductors
June 28, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The co-founder of Microsoft worried that, in the information age, people would prefer synthesized reality.
June 27, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Single-serving coffee pods are the most recent form of instant coffee. Its history is much shorter than the espresso shot, though in its own way, just as inventive
June 27, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
Upside down skyscrapers. Vacuum tubes whisking away trash. Welcome to the future of cities as they begin exploring the next urban frontier.
June 26, 2012 | By Randy Rieland