The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2019
Stretch young learners’ minds with everything from card games to robotic spheres
This Lobster Trap Aims to Protect Endangered Whales — and Fishers’ Livelihoods
A team of engineers is designing a low-cost, lineless, self-surfacing lobster trap that would prevent right whale entanglement
The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts This Year
Experts and kids of all ages recommend these tech toys, which inspire year-round curiosity
This Artist Redefines a "Chiseled Body"
Life-size and hyper-detailed, these anatomical mosaics draw on ancient inspiration
The Ten Best STEM Toys of 2017
Kid tested and parent approved, these tech toys stand out for holiday wish lists
What the Housing Market in America Needs Is More Options
From granny pods to morphing apartments, the future of shelter is evolving
Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives, Soonish
A scientist and admired cartoonist explore how today’s research is becoming tomorrow’s innovations in a new book
Print, Then Heat for Self-Assembling Space Stations
With special ‘memory’ polymers, stents and space habitats could one day build themselves
When Cutting-Edge Science Meets Science Fiction, It Packs the House
At Future Con, fans of sci-fi, fantasy and comics met the researchers and engineers who are bringing their stories to life
A New Generation of Interplanetary Rovers Is Crawling Toward the Stars
These four-legged, wheel-less robots will explore asteroids and the frigid outer worlds of our Solar System
These Flowers Come Straight From the Farm to Your Door
By cutting out the middleman, this startup is aiming for better bouquets and a greener flower industry
Australia Wants to Streamline Its Border Control Using Biometrics
The country envisions a system that would eliminate the need for paper passports or identity cards for a number of the 35 million who visit each year
What's Next for Solar Energy? How About Space
Scientists are closer than ever to making the far-out concept of a space-based solar collection system a reality
Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane?
Loaded with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energy
Move Over, Steel: The High Rises of Tomorrow Are ‘Plyscrapers’
Light, strong and renewable, wood may change how tall buildings are built
This Scientist Seeks Out the Secret History of Other Worlds
Maria Zuber has spent her career enabling discoveries beyond Earth. She says the best is yet to come
What Will Future Monuments in the Nation's Capital Look Like?
Changing times and tastes leave little room for monolithic marble on the Mall
How Much Does it Really Cost (the Planet) to Make a Penny?
All that copper and zinc for a coin most people throw away--what's the sustainable solution?
Enjoy Face Time with Seven of Earth's 3 to 5 Million Mite Species
A Smithsonian collection of some one million species of mites is receiving its up close and personal
How to Make Science Fiction Become Fact, in Three Steps
Speakers at <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine's "Future is Here" festival said be patient, persistent, but never, ever pessimistic