InnovationNew ideas and scientific and technological advancements
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
The system uses surgically implanted electrodes so that a blind person can "see" the letters
November 22, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The rambunctious boy had free rein of the White House, and used it to divert a holiday bird from the butcher's block
November 21, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Sure, it can get aggravating, but here are some innovations that are making it easier and more enjoyable to take a trip
November 20, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Only if utility companies are able to make their power grids smart enough to spot outages and "heal" themselves.
November 16, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The personal humanoid robotic assistant easily makes the short list of retro-futuristic dreams still unfulfilled
November 13, 2012 | By Matt Novak
In Tokyo, a reservation-only photo booth spits out three-dimensional replicas of its subjects
November 13, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Researchers say that the larger fonts and backlights available on tablets help improve reading speeds
November 12, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Get ready for the day when your big screen and your small screens work together to connect you with shows and products.
November 09, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The stylish spy wore a Rolex and sunglasses that you can't buy on Black Friday on any other day
November 09, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
44 light years away, scientists have detected a planet that might be the right temperature to hold liquid water, a precondition for life
November 08, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Voting experts David Becker and Thad Hall discuss the technologies that could forever change the way we register and cast our votes
November 06, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Brain scans suggest Democrats and Republicans actually are different biologically. Welcome to the world of political neuroscience.
November 05, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A new study shows that justifying paywalls as fair makes readers much more likely to pay for online content
November 02, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Is the crippling of New York City enough to motivate other cities to protect themselves against extreme weather?
November 02, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The once poor South Korean city has bloomed into a cultural capital with high-profile architecture, top museums and an influential arts scene
November 2012 | By Tom Downey