Tech Archive
08 April 2014, 09:22 AM ET
The two Swiss pilots who flew a solar-powered plane on a record-setting coast-to-coast flight across the United States last summer will unveil their next-generation solar plane this week, which they will use in 2015 to circumnavigate the globe.
07 April 2014, 07:47 PM ET
Yesterday the European Parliament had an historic vote on the issue of “net neutrality,” and became the largest bloc in the world to affirm this open internet principle. So, what is neutrality?
07 April 2014, 02:58 PM ET
DARPA's X-Plane program aims to make radical improvements to helicopter-type vehicles designed to take off, hover and land vertically. Find out how Boeing engineers built a flying, sub-scale prototype in less than a month.
07 April 2014, 12:48 PM ET
Signals that may have come from the black box on the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last month have been detected in the southern Indian Ocean, giving investigators "a most promising lead" in the ongoing search for the missing jetliner.
04 April 2014, 06:03 PM ET
As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, robot submersibles will likely be employed to scour the pitch-black ocean floor for signs of wreckage.
04 April 2014, 10:19 AM ET
A new atomic clock unveiled today (April 3) is three times more precise than the one previously used to keep official time in the United States, making it the most accurate timekeeper yet developed.
03 April 2014, 06:20 PM ET
The Garmin Forerunner 220 is a GPS watch that helps runners track their exercise goals, training and performance. I wore the watch for a few weeks to test out its features, and see how it compares with other GPS watches.
03 April 2014, 05:18 PM ET
A rhythmically contracting cuff made of cardiac muscle cells surrounds the vein acting as a "mini heart" to aid blood flow through veins.
03 April 2014, 01:45 PM ET
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology use laser-cooled cesium atoms to develop ultra-accurate atomic clocks for GPS systems, global telecommunications and other essential technologies.
03 April 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Living materials produced by bacteria could lead to interactive structures programmed to self-assemble into specific patterns, such as those used on solar cells and diagnostic sensors, and even self-healing materials that could sense damage and repair it.
02 April 2014, 05:12 PM ET
Previous field tests at the Dachstein (Austria) cave in 2012.
02 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
DARPA has launched a new division to study the intersection of biology, engineering and computer science, and to investigate how merging these fields could bolster national security.
02 April 2014, 01:32 PM ET
A three dimensional reconstruction of a pair of dinosaur tracks from the Paluxy River in Texas. A long-necked sauropod passed through, followed by (or perhaps chased by) a meat-eating theropod.
02 April 2014, 12:22 PM ET
Theories have long predicted the existence of teensy particles that might make up the Higgs boson, and research suggests such pip-squeakes, dubbed techni-quarks, are likely lurking in the universe.
01 April 2014, 06:32 PM ET
The Garmin Vivofit fitness tracker makes more of an effort than other activity trackers to motivate you to get active, and doesn't need to be charged every few days. I wore the Vivofit for a week to see how well it kept me moving.
01 April 2014, 05:26 PM ET
The Bellabeat fetal monitor and connected system allows pregnant women to track their babies' heart beats, kicks and other milestones, and share that information with friends.
01 April 2014, 04:01 PM ET
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a next-generation warplane capable of taking off on a short runway and landing vertically, could make its first trans-Atlantic flight in July.
01 April 2014, 12:20 PM ET
Built-in rear-view cameras will be required on all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds by 2018, according to a new government regulation. The change could save as many as 69 lives each year, officials say.
01 April 2014, 11:11 AM ET
Flying snakes called paradise tree snakes can glide so effortlessly by riding on tiny air vortices they create by changing the angle of their bodies, scientists find. The results could lead to flying-snake suits.
01 April 2014, 10:53 AM ET
Air conditioners, cars and other machinery may soon be free of vibrations and thus much quieter than they are now, thanks to new so-called adaptive phononic crystals.
01 April 2014, 10:19 AM ET
In honor of April Fools' Day, CERN switched all the text on its website to Comic Sans, that reviled, springy-looking script that lurks on Web 1.0 websites and bad PowerPoint presentations.
01 April 2014, 09:28 AM ET
Wearable technology, such as smart wristbands, may be the next new tool to help treat conditions such as autism and depression.
01 April 2014, 07:54 AM ET
The costume company claimed they created a suit that make its wearer "invisible."
01 April 2014, 02:22 AM ET
With the AFL season in full swing many of us are glued to our screens marvelling at the speed and tactics of the athletes.
01 April 2014, 02:01 AM ET
Radically modified cells could transport anticancer drugs to a tumor.
31 March 2014, 10:49 PM ET
Computer Geek, Sean Hoban, uses mathematical and computational tools to preserve endangered plant species.
31 March 2014, 07:43 PM ET
"Bassbot" reveals suction action used by most fish.
31 March 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The search for clues about the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner continues over parts of the Indian Ocean, despite another setback over the weekend, when floating objects thought to be possible debris from the plane turned out to be fishing gear.
31 March 2014, 01:41 PM ET
From fitness trackers to smartwatches, wearable technology is infiltrating the fashion world. But are tech companies creating fashions anyone would actually wear?
31 March 2014, 01:29 PM ET
Tiny silver particles protect against microbes, but are they dangerous?
31 March 2014, 11:32 AM ET
This seashell is made nearly entirely of calcite, the main component of relatively fragile rocks such as limestone and chalk. However, the scientists discovered this seashell could dissipate energy from penetrations 10 times better than ordinary calcite.
31 March 2014, 11:13 AM ET
Matter's strange cousin may interact differently with gravity, meaning it may actually fall up. A new experiment to weigh antimatter could solve this physics mystery.