Thought Innovation

Can drones be taught the rules of war?

Can Machines Learn Morality?

The debate over drones stirs up questions about whether robots can learn ethical behavior. Will they be able to make moral decisions?


Why the Best Success Stories Often Begin With Failure

One writer’s unexpected bout of unemployment inspired him to catalogue the misadventures of those who came before him

Going back to the roots of English grammar to uncover its many myths

Most of What You Think You Know About Grammar Is Wrong

And ending sentences with a preposition is nothing worth worrying about


These Machines Will Be Able to Detect Smells Your Own Nose Cannot

We're getting closer to the day when your smartphone knows you have a cold before you do

The greening of Lower Manhattan

Learning From Nature How to Deal With Nature

As cities like New York prepare for what appears to be a future of more extreme weather, the focus increasingly is on following nature's lead

The HapiFork wants to make you less piggish.

Can a Buzzing Fork Make You Lose Weight?

HapiFork, a utensil that slows down your eating, is one of a new wave of gadgets designed to help you take control of your health

Superachiever Martina Navratilova competes at the 1989 French Open.

Why Are Superachievers So Successful?

Two authors spoke to dozens of the highest-achieving people in the world. Here’s what they learned


When Machines See

Giving computers vision, through pattern recognition algorithms, could one day make them better than doctors at spotting tumors and other health problems.


Six Innovators to Watch in 2013

All are inventive minds pushing technology in fresh directions, some to solve stubborn problems, others to make our lives a little fuller

Meet Spaun, a computer model that mimics brain behavior.

A More Human Artificial Brain

Canadian researchers have created a computer model that performs tasks like a human brain. It also sometimes forgets things

Part rocking chair, part charging station

10 Gifts to Celebrate Innovation

From glasses that fight jet lag to a plant that waters itself to a rocking chair that fires up the iPad, here are presents no one will forget

Bryan Stevenson crusades for thousands of young people in America's prisons.

Why Mass Incarceration Defines Us As a Society

Bryan Stevenson, the winner of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in social justice, has taken his fight all the way to the Supreme Court

The doodle that became Twitter

8 Ways People Are Taking Twitter Seriously

Born in desperation and long mocked, the social media platform has become a popular research and intelligence-gathering tool


Shopping Gets Personal

Retailers are mining personal data to learn everything about you so they can help you help yourself to their products.


The Sharing of the Screens

Get ready for the day when your big screen and your small screens work together to connect you with shows and products.

A rally round the flag in Washington

Can You Change Your Political Beliefs?

New research suggests that most people may not be as committed to their moral principles as they think they are

Does greed live here?

How Brains Make Money

A new breed of scientists says that if you want to understand why people make financial decisions, you need to see what's going on inside their brains

The road more traveled.

Getting Smart About Traffic

Thanks to GPS, sensors, artificial intelligence and even algorithms based on the behavior of E. coli, it's possible to imagine the end of commuting madness

A dog named Maz collects on his psychic debt.

How Dogs Fight Cancer

Man's best friend is becoming a key player in fighting cancer, allowing scientists to speed up the process of connecting dots between genetics and disease


Wearable Tech Makes a Fashion Statement

When models wore Google's goggles on the runway, it signaled that the next wave of digital devices may actually go post-geek.

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