"Don't talk to me about X-rays," Edison said after an assistant on one of his X-ray projects started showing signs of illness. "I am afraid of them."
March 14, 2012 | By Gilbert King
In the future, farmers will use unmanned drones to improve the appearance of their crops
March 09, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Could supercomputers create an artificial brain that can learn new behavior and develop cognitive skills? Some scientists say not if, but when
March 09, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
At TED and other geek gab events, the focus is not on what is, but rather what's possible. Here are five inventions whose time may soon be coming
March 01, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
How plant geneticists are growing convenience food on trees
February 27, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Our nervous system can hold on to pain memories for a long time. But scientists may have found a way to make pain go away for good.
February 24, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Researchers have made a flurry of discoveries related to memory loss recently. But will they really help us find a way to keep brains from shutting down?
February 16, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Can anyone really make sense of romance? Researchers keep trying because, frankly, we want answers.
February 13, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Is that what it will take for NASA to get its mojo back? Or are there better ways to spend its money?
January 30, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
A century ago, Douglas Mawson saw his two companions die and found himself stranded in the midst of Antarctic blizzards.
January 27, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Scientists think all the personal information now being shared on social networks or collected by sensors could help them predict the future.
January 23, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Research shows you can learn a few things about a person by watching where they're looking.
January 18, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Is the day coming when your car will talk to your alarm clock and also check your heart rate?
January 09, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Researchers are finding that our behavior may be more hard-wired than we'd like to believe. If so, can we handle the truth?
January 05, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Here are more of the terms you should know if you want to feel plugged into innovations changing the way we live this year
January 03, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
No one had ever tunneled under a major river before Marc Brunel began a shaft below London's river in the 1820s
January 03, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Here are terms you should know if you want to show you're already plugged into the new year
December 29, 2011 | By Randy Rieland
In their day, maids a-milking and pipers piping might have made for one fine gift. But it is the 21st century. A replacement list is in order.
December 22, 2011 | By Randy Rieland
Thanks to medical innovations and research breakthroughs, living past your 100th birthday will one day not be such a big deal
December 19, 2011 | By Randy Rieland
Researchers found that when it comes to building social networks, people much prefer someone who likes to cooperate over a person who looks out for himself
December 06, 2011 | By Randy Rieland