Tech Archive
15 August 2014, 03:36 PM ET
The U.S. Navy's Nike laser is so fast it recently earned a Guinness World Records title. The laser is being used to study nuclear fusion as an environmentally friendly energy alternative.
15 August 2014, 09:38 AM ET
We use magnets every day to run computers and stick things to refrigerators, but did you know that one animal has magnetic teeth? And magnetism is relativistic? Read on for some amazing science-y magnet facts.
14 August 2014, 02:08 PM ET
Like an army of miniature robots with a highly effective drill sergeant, 1,024 coin-size machines can race into meticulous formation to create three-dimensional shapes.
14 August 2014, 02:07 PM ET
"Kilobots" are tiny robots that self-assemble into target shapes.
14 August 2014, 02:05 PM ET
In the largest display of collective robotic behavior, "Kilobots" have been programmed to create 3 distinctive shapes. The robots have vibration motor and infrared lights to communicate with one another.
14 August 2014, 07:47 AM ET
A futuristic-looking robot suit that has its own "limbs" may help paralyzed patients walk again. The exosuit was originally developed in Japan, but has now been tested on paralyzed patients in Germany.
13 August 2014, 09:09 AM ET
U.S. Army aircrews may no longer have to choose between staying safe and staying cool thanks to a new personal cooling system, worn underneath body armor.
13 August 2014, 09:04 AM ET
For the first time in history the Fields Medal, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics, will be awarded to a woman, Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician and a professor at Stanford University.
12 August 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Supercomputer simulation (called 'Nature Run 2') of Category-4 Typhoon Haitang (July 2005), based on 7 days of NASA's GOES-5 satellite data, shows winds peaking at ~160mph. Simulation Details: http://goo.gl/LWgggE
11 August 2014, 04:05 PM ET
For decades, researchers have used the Turing test to evaluate how well a machine can think like a human. But this gauge of artificial intelligence is 60 years old, and is in dire need of an update, experts say.
08 August 2014, 04:39 PM ET
If you're heading to a U.S. national park this summer, please leave your drone at home. One drone crash at Yellowstone National Park may have caused environmental damage to one of the park's iconic hot springs.
08 August 2014, 03:21 PM ET
The Magnitude 8.8 Chile earthquake of 2010 triggered icequakes (cryoseisms or frost-quakes); vibrations from rapid fracture in large ice fields, frozen soil, or rocks interlaced with frozen water. Seismic data sped up 100x produces the sound.
08 August 2014, 02:37 PM ET
Some Fitbit Flex users have experienced problems with their device holding a charge after a few months of use. Here's what to do if that happens.
08 August 2014, 11:24 AM ET
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could gain some relief from a new virtual-reality program, new research suggests.
08 August 2014, 09:03 AM ET
Wireless networks are normally invisible to the human eye, but a magic touch of creative photography can turn them into vibrant and colorful beams of light.
08 August 2014, 09:01 AM ET
The "Digital Ethereal" project, by Luis Hernan, a Ph.D. student at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, used tricks of photography to map invisible wireless networks with colorful beams of light.
07 August 2014, 02:08 PM ET
The latest advancement in robotics may not look like much — just a few small batteries attached to a flat sheet of paper — but there's much more to this new contraption than meets the eye.
07 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
IBM's latest brainlike computer chip may not be "smarter than a fifth-grader," but it can simulate millions of the brain's neurons and perform complex tasks using very little energy.
07 August 2014, 10:24 AM ET
Nature often builds 3D structures from flat materials. Researcher Samuel Felton and colleagues created a self-folding robot – which stands, crawls and turns – by placing hinges in shape-memory polymer which contracts at 100°C.
07 August 2014, 10:06 AM ET
A portable retina scanner small enough to fit in a purse could one day be used to combat identity theft and strengthen personal security.
06 August 2014, 10:15 AM ET
From driving cars to caring for the elderly, many of the tasks humans perform today will soon be taken over by robots and other forms of artificial intelligence, experts say. But a new report finds that people disagree about whether that future will be an
06 August 2014, 08:15 AM ET
In 2012, filmmaker James Cameron made a dangerous dive to the deepest pit in the ocean. But with the release of a new movie about his journey, perhaps Cameron's most challenging quest yet is getting the public interested in ocean exploration.
05 August 2014, 03:27 PM ET
A Canadian project centered around a hitchhiking robot aims to explore the state of artificial intelligence and the culture of human kindness.
05 August 2014, 02:55 PM ET
A hitchhiking robot, named hitchBOT, is making his way across Canada, relying on the kindness of strangers to give him a ride. Among other things, the project is designed to investigate how humans interact with artificial intelligence technology.
05 August 2014, 12:51 PM ET
From corneas to nasal cells, biology is evocative art.
05 August 2014, 09:09 AM ET
A new technology that harnesses the power of ocean currents could provide a clean and limitless form of renewable energy, some scientists say.
05 August 2014, 09:07 AM ET
A group of scientists and engineers wants to build giant, underwater turbines, which they think could provide a source of limitless clean energy.
04 August 2014, 04:43 PM ET
Wearable technology has tremendous potential, well beyond its current applications.
04 August 2014, 12:31 PM ET
Japan's military could be extending its reach into space, with the country planning to develop a new force by 2019 to monitor the growing amount of space junk in orbit.
04 August 2014, 09:14 AM ET
A giant but delicate electromagnet has finally moved into its new home in Illinois, a year after completing a cautious voyage from New York over land and sea.
04 August 2014, 09:00 AM ET
New research on the behavior of flames in orbit could have benefits closer to home. In fact, this fiery research could lead to more-efficient car engines that contribute less pollution to the environment.
04 August 2014, 03:29 AM ET
Kids who limit their video-game time to an hour or less daily may be better adjusted psychologically than those who play games more, or less, a new study finds.