InnovationNew ideas and scientific and technological advancements
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
College graduates take note: Your dream career as a robot psychologist or nasal technologist is just around the corner
May 15, 2012 | By Matt Novak
It wouldn't seem to be. But social TV, where people interact with their friends on a second screen while they're watching a show, may be boosting ratings
May 14, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Seventy-five years later, opinions still vary on what caused the airship to explode so suddenly
May 10, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Not an easy answer. But here are 10 recent studies on what it means to be a mother today
May 10, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
From one conservationist's perspective, harvesting rainwater doesn't necessarily mean high-tech strategies—traditional techniques have been around for centuries
May 09, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
We now create an enormous amount of digital data every day on smart phones, social networks and sensors. So how do you make sense of all of it?
May 07, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Nanotechnology is taking health care to the molecular level and changing it in profound ways. But is it all good?
May 02, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
An important piece of science recently popped up in Times Square, in the form of a 19,000-square-foot interactive map by a Dutch information designer.
May 02, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Most bikers scoff at them, but as the U.S. population ages and gas prices rise, expect to see more bikes running on batteries.
April 27, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
More than 20 years before the iPad, an entrepreneur saw the potential of interactive, digital magazines
April 23, 2012 | By Matt Novak
A group of big-name tech billionaires wants to open up a new frontier in space--mining space rocks.
April 23, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
If the crowd-funding spike for the Pebble smart watch is any indication, wearable tech is about to go mainstream.
April 20, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
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