Tech Archive
28 August 2014, 12:54 AM ET
Watch out, Sherlock, there's a new Dr. Watson in town. IBM's Watson, the computer that famously won the quiz show 'Jeopardy!', is now helping researchers make scientific discoveries.
27 August 2014, 12:56 PM ET
Teams around the world are competing to build a medical device that could diagnose diseases and monitor people's health — just like the fictional "tricorder" featured in the sci-fi series "Star Trek."
27 August 2014, 12:54 PM ET
The X Prize Foundation is hosting a $10 million competition to develop a mobile health-monitoring device that can diagnose and interpret a set of 15 medical conditions and monitor five vital signs. Here are devices from some of the finalists.
27 August 2014, 07:55 AM ET
The day when people can order products online and have them delivered by a drone may not be far off. But to make sure these packages make it to their destinations, scientists have created a program that lets drones monitor their "health" midflight.
26 August 2014, 10:48 PM ET
Electrical engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the technology of electricity, including circuitry, power generation, machine control and communications.
26 August 2014, 09:53 PM ET
The U.S. Army launched a prototype hypersonic weapon test from Alaska on Monday (Aug. 25), only to destroy the superfast vehicle seconds later when something went wrong.
26 August 2014, 04:01 PM ET
Last week, Disney filed for three drone-related patents, envisioning flying robots that could animate giant puppets, display small projection screens and even act as floating pixels, or "flixels" in virtual fireworks shows.
26 August 2014, 10:58 AM ET
The newest technology for military planes is surprisingly touchy-feely. Applied to the outside of an aircraft, the new "smart skin" lets planes "feel" the world around them through thousands of tiny sensors.
26 August 2014, 06:03 AM ET
America's data centers are consuming — and wasting — a surprising amount of energy.
25 August 2014, 06:48 PM ET
Whoever said you can't control the weather was wrong. A new photo-editing program lets you decide if you're a rainy day kind of person or if you prefer bright and sunny afternoons.
25 August 2014, 06:39 PM ET
Decades of research and speculative fiction have led to today's computerized assistants such as Apple's Siri.
22 August 2014, 10:51 AM ET
Boeing says that to get the U.S. military's missile defense system performing up to par, engineers had to solve an "impossible" problem.
22 August 2014, 07:04 AM ET
Patients with paralysis and other neuromotor disorders ‘paint’ pictures through ‘Embedded Arts,’ a rehabilitation biofeedback program created by researchers at Ohio State University. As time perception became suspended, patients felt less pain.
21 August 2014, 08:11 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which is intended to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.
21 August 2014, 04:45 PM ET
At the bottom of the ocean, a network of underwater microphones eavesdrops day in and day out on the squeaky laments of whales, the rumbles of earthquakes and the drone of passing ships.
21 August 2014, 02:03 PM ET
The western United States has suffered a crippling drought for the past three years, but researchers now have a fuller picture of the extent of damage, thanks to a new way to measure how much water has been lost.
21 August 2014, 10:51 AM ET
Environmental activist Hilton Kelley tours his childhood home in Port Arthur, Texas now abandoned due to toxic chemicals from refineries at the terminus of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
21 August 2014, 09:36 AM ET
Ever wonder why the zombies in the film "World War Z" appear so lifelike? It's not just makeup — some of them were created with the aid of high-tech scanning technology.
21 August 2014, 09:23 AM ET
Producers for Hollywood films like "World War Z" and shows like "The Big Bang Theory" use 3D scanners to produce lifelike models of their characters.
21 August 2014, 07:55 AM ET
From changing passwords to deleting an ex from a friends list, people can take several steps to have a healthier breakup online, researchers say.
20 August 2014, 11:49 AM ET
With the goal of one day making tiny living drones, a team of engineers created a cyborg moth and watched it spin inside an "insect disco" full of flashing lights.
20 August 2014, 09:11 AM ET
For the most part, society still relies heavily on ID cards to prove who people are, but identification technologies are moving into new realms with devices that could distinguish individuals by their veins, brain waves and even body odor.
19 August 2014, 09:05 PM ET
Fluid dynamics is the study of the movement of liquids and gases. Fluid dynamics applies to many fields, including astronomy, biology, engineering and geology.
19 August 2014, 04:38 PM ET
Imagine an armored truck that can drive itself, is invisible to enemies and can travel at extreme speeds. That's the type of truck the Pentagon is hoping to develop through its new ground X-vehicle (GXV-T) program.
19 August 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Imagine an armored truck that can drive itself, is invisible to enemies and can travel at extreme speeds. That's the type of truck the Pentagon is hoping to develop through its new ground X-vehicle program.
19 August 2014, 04:18 PM ET
The Runtastic Orbit is a fitness tracker that monitors both daily activity and sleep habits, but does it stand out from other fitness trackers?
18 August 2014, 03:52 PM ET
The U.S. Navy recently conducted its first successful tests of drones and jets operating together aboard an aircraft carrier. The test flights took place Sunday (Aug. 17) aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
18 August 2014, 03:03 PM ET
Octopuses and squid possess the amazing ability to blend in with their surroundings, but now, researchers have created a man-made system that mimics this form of camouflage.
18 August 2014, 02:36 PM ET
Using a temperature-sensitive dye and array of photosensors on a thin flexible electronic surface, researchers developed a type of camouflage that mimics that of cephalopods.
18 August 2014, 10:01 AM ET
Say goodbye to glasses. A new "vision-correcting display" can bring the images on your device's screen into focus without a trip to the eye doctor.
16 August 2014, 11:47 AM ET
Even though they won’t be controlled by humanoid robots, the software that will run driverless cars raises many ethical challenges.
16 August 2014, 12:01 AM ET
Mini drones are not yet appearing in our skies on a daily basis but they certainly are a rapidly growing trend.