Tech Archive
09 September 2015, 11:15 AM ET
A new laser weapon that can burn up targets in just a few seconds recently melted and destroyed a test drone flying over California.
08 September 2015, 04:15 PM ET
On Sept. 7th, 2015, European astronaut Andreas Mogensen – orbiting 240+ miles up and flying at 17,000+ mph – placed a peg in a hole on Earth; a demonstration of teleoperation using a force-feedback controlled machine system built by ESA.
03 September 2015, 04:31 PM ET
French authorities confirmed today (Sept. 3) that the airplane part that washed up on an island in the Indian Ocean in July came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
02 September 2015, 04:46 PM ET
When the U.S. military needs a new idea for drone technology, it turns to an unlikely source for inspiration: old fairy tales.
31 August 2015, 03:35 PM ET
With stem-cells and a novel scaffolding, researchers are developing a new approach to lab-grown bones.
31 August 2015, 03:07 PM ET
Boston Dynamics' sure-footed humanoid bot is one of many supermobile machines that are cool and capable.
27 August 2015, 08:19 AM ET
Forget everything you thought you knew about computer cursors. Researchers have come up with a way to turn cursors into a tool that can navigate around 3D space.
24 August 2015, 04:03 PM ET
Stanford University researchers have developed a folding lens that can turn a cell phone into a microscope. It’s made with simple materials (paper and glass balls) for under a dollar. Aaron Pomerantz captured a mite in action.
21 August 2015, 03:25 PM ET
A new mathematical rule explains how simple, 3D curved surfaces — such as domes or saddles — can be folded and snapped into new positions or to form different structures.
21 August 2015, 05:26 AM ET
The future is here, and it looks like a pair of robot legs that you control with your mind.
20 August 2015, 12:14 PM ET
Physicists have created a so-called magnetic wormhole that transports a magnetic field from one point to the other without being detected.
20 August 2015, 10:31 AM ET
Photos reveal the huge laboratory under Antarctica's ice where detectors scan the heavens for ghostly particles called neutrinos.
19 August 2015, 05:54 PM ET
Finally, there's a crowdfunding campaign for people who want to watch giant robots fight to the death.
19 August 2015, 05:46 PM ET
Megabots, Inc., a Boston-based company, is building a huge, human-operated "battle bot" for an upcoming robot duel.
18 August 2015, 07:47 AM ET
A line of longitude on maps called the Prime Meridian of the World has shifted 334 feet to the east, thanks to satellite measurements.
17 August 2015, 05:57 PM ET
The most powerful laser beam ever created has been recently fired at Osaka University in Japan, where the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments (LFEX) has been boosted to produce a beam with a peak power of 2,000 trillion watts.
17 August 2015, 11:30 AM ET
A new record-high temperature has been achieved for superconductors — extraordinary materials that conduct electricity without dissipating energy.
14 August 2015, 02:16 PM ET
Cybercrime knows no borders — neither should the effort to fight it.
13 August 2015, 07:31 AM ET
To keep a robot from toppling over, researchers built a futuristic exoskeleton that gives bots humanlike reflexes.
12 August 2015, 11:27 AM ET
Smart sensors are everywhere, and will soon inform nearly every aspect of our lives.
11 August 2015, 04:51 PM ET
Are you an "LOL"-er or a "haha"-er? The king of "hehes" or the queen of smiley face emoji?
11 August 2015, 02:55 PM ET
Data has patterns, and they can reveal more than simple answers to simple questions.
10 August 2015, 03:56 PM ET
Number crunching can be a powerful tool, but only if we all think carefully about the data behind the results.
10 August 2015, 01:36 PM ET
NASA needs your help to bolster current earthquake detection technologies, and they’re offering $25,000 to the team that develops the best way to detect an oncoming quake.
10 August 2015, 08:15 AM ET
Plugging your electric car into its charger with your own two hands is so 2013.
06 August 2015, 01:45 PM ET
CRISPR/Cas is a new technology that allows unprecedented control over the DNA code. The gene editing technique also raises concerns.
05 August 2015, 01:51 PM ET
Breast pumps suck in more ways than one, but one startup is trying to make these devices more comfortable for moms.
05 August 2015, 10:27 AM ET
Encrypted communications are fundamental to preserving the right to private speech, argues Wickr co-founder Nico Sell.
05 August 2015, 10:12 AM ET
A 3D-printed drone was recently launched from a British military warship and successfully flew to shore, a demonstration that could pave the way for futuristic spy drones that can be printed at sea.
05 August 2015, 10:04 AM ET
The future of technology, as envisioned by the 2015 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers
04 August 2015, 03:17 PM ET
The high-profile disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 remains a mystery — but the recent discovery of a possible wing part points to an ocean landing, raising hopes for a resolution.
03 August 2015, 02:05 PM ET
Swarms of robots inspired by water-hopping insects could one day be used for surveillance, search-and-rescue missions and environmental monitoring, researchers say.