InnovationNew ideas and scientific and technological advancements
They sure make pretty pictures, but are we exaggerating what they can really tell us about what's going on inside our heads?
June 18, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Fatherhood remains a ripe subject for scientific research. Here are 10 recent studies on the transformation from man to dad
June 14, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The product was a life-saving technology that avoided the transmission of disease from communal "tin dippers"
June 13, 2012 | By Peter Smith
The spaghetti-slinging robot drew crowds at Grazie’s Italian Restaurant in Tokyo
June 12, 2012 | By Matt Novak
In a Facebook world, you'd think there wouldn't be much of a future for nonfiction storytelling. But several startups are trying to keep the long narrative alive.
June 11, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
It's World Oceans Day and here are 10 things scientists know about what's happening under the sea that they didn't a year ago.
June 08, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The power of the synthesizing mind and the building blocks of combinatorial creativity
June 06, 2012 | By Maria Popova
With Saab's new digital panorama, the local air traffic controller may soon go the way of the technical support specialist.
June 04, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
Not a lot of research has been done on lucid dreaming, but new devices are now helping people influence what's going on in their heads while they sleep.
June 04, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Apple's Siri is far from perfect, but It's shown the potential of voice recognition software and artificial intelligence. Coming soon: Real conversations with our cars.
June 01, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A new technique reads DNA base by base by threading it through a tiny pore
May 29, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
When scientists mapped the human genetic blueprint, people said it would change medicine because we'd be able to get clues about our future health
May 29, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Americans in the 1940s had wondrous expectations about the post-war world. Meet one author who advised them to curb their enthusiasm
May 25, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Not only is it now available in once unimaginable flavors, like salted caramel and prosciutto, but scientists also are trying to make it good for you.
May 24, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A substance developed at MIT sends viscous condiments pouring out of bottles with ease
May 23, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
During World War II, Hedy Lamarr raised $7 million in one night by kissing war-bond buyers. But she and the Hollywood composer George Anthiel also designed a radical new torpedo-guidance system
May 23, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The sinking of the Alvin was an accident that demonstrated the promise of a novel food preservation method
May 23, 2012 | By Peter Smith
A 1989 prediction about portable GPS devices was right on the money
May 22, 2012 | By Matt Novak
We're moving toward an "internet of things," where machines talk to machines and there's little need for human involvement. A lot of experts think it's the key to ensuring that cities of the future don't fall apart
May 21, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
New technology is allowing the paralyzed to walk and the blind to see. And it's becoming a smaller leap from repairing bodies to enhancing them
May 17, 2012 | By Randy Rieland