Creative minds are increasingly turning to nature—banyan tree leaves, butterfly wings, a bird's beak— for fresh design solutions
September 2012 | By Tom Vanderbilt
Gene detectives tracking a deadly outbreak at the National Institutes of Health were reminded of how much we don't know about how infections spread through a hospital.
August 31, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Sensors in sports shoes get all the attention, but other devices can actually identify you by how you walk and help Alzheimer’s patients find their way home
August 23, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
This new research reveals how little we know about the brain and how it affects our daily lives
August 17, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A half-century ago, a U.S. military test lit up the skies and upped the ante with the Soviets.
August 15, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Some think that little computer you carry around with you is about to bring a sea change in the doctor-patient relationship. Is data power?
August 10, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Landsat satellites have been taking photos of Earth for a long time, but only now can you watch zoomable, time-lapse images of the planet's transformation.
August 03, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
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
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
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
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
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
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
In some cases, they're learning to work with humans. In others, they're taking over the whole plant
June 21, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
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