Tech Archive
05 December 2014, 08:08 AM ET
Virtual reality is a growing technology used in everything from videogames to rehab clinics to the battlefield. But a new study in rats shows that the virtual world affects the brain differently than real-world environments, which could offer clues for ho
05 December 2014, 06:14 AM ET
The Microsoft Band is a wristband fitness tracker designed for people who want to be able to track their workouts and also have access to email, texts and other reminders at a glance.
04 December 2014, 03:48 PM ET
It's a Saturday morning in June at the Royal Society in London. Computer scientists, public figures and reporters have gathered to witness or take part in a decades-old challenge.
04 December 2014, 02:07 PM ET
The idea of inanimate objects coming to life as intelligent beings has been around for a long time. The ancient Greeks had myths about robots, and Chinese and Egyptian engineers built automatons.
03 December 2014, 03:15 PM ET
The Peak is the latest fitness tracker from Basis, and the device aims to give you a number of insights into your daily activities, while motivating you to live a healthier life.
03 December 2014, 09:33 AM ET
When NASA rockets its Orion spaceship high above the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, the space-bound aircraft won't be alone.
03 December 2014, 06:55 AM ET
Wikipedia's editors are overwhelmingly male, an issue that often limits the topics covered by the crowd-sourced encyclopedia. Now, researchers are trying to understand the effects of the gender gap.
02 December 2014, 07:10 PM ET
A select group of organic chemists from around the world are looking to create new catalysts to 'break open' the carbon hydrogen framework to revolutionize chemical production.
02 December 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The eminent British physicist Stephen Hawking warns that the development of intelligent machines could pose a major threat to humanity.
02 December 2014, 06:57 AM ET
Military drones are often used to store sensitive data, ranging from troop movements to strategic operations. While this may make them vulnerable to enemy interference, a new system is aiming to protect these unmanned aerial vehicles from cyberattacks.
01 December 2014, 04:32 PM ET
To improve shipping efficiency, Amazon is using thousands of robots to gather products in its shipping centers on Cyber Monday.
01 December 2014, 03:26 PM ET
Dark matter might be made of clouds of energy cracks instead of particles and may be detectable in GPS signals.
01 December 2014, 02:55 PM ET
A recently released biopic of Alan Turing ("The Imitation Game") tells the story of the British mathematician and cryptographer who built a machine to crack the German Enigma code during World War II. But Turing is perhaps best known for his pioneering wo
29 November 2014, 12:36 AM ET
The key to understanding how to keep warm is the fact you lose more heat by radiation to your surroundings than you do by convection to the air.
28 November 2014, 09:27 AM ET
A new superthin material can cool buildings without requiring electricity, by beaming heat directly into outer space, researchers say.
27 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists have created the most non-stick surfaces yet, using microscopic liquid-repellent structures instead of plastic coatings such as Teflon.
27 November 2014, 02:36 AM ET
If the public pays for most science, why aren't the results published in journals that are open to all, asks Dan Marovitz.
26 November 2014, 05:23 PM ET
Chronic pain won’t kill us; it just makes our lives miserable.
26 November 2014, 12:24 AM ET
A British “poo bus” went into service last week, powered by biomethane energy derived from human waste at a sewage plant.
25 November 2014, 01:46 PM ET
Blu-ray discs could help make the solar cells used in solar panels more efficient, researchers say.
25 November 2014, 12:07 PM ET
If 8K is on the horizon, do holodecks come next?
24 November 2014, 10:37 PM ET
Minor tweaks in the electric grid can generate major boosts in efficiency.
23 November 2014, 06:09 PM ET
There are about 600,000 bridges in the United States, and about one in four is classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient.
22 November 2014, 11:24 PM ET
The widespread use and high quality of digital cameras and photo editing software has made the art of faking a whole lot easier and more commonplace – whether convincing or not.
21 November 2014, 04:12 PM ET
A new wearable device that translates spoken words into vibrations could help deaf people perceive speech in a completely new way.
21 November 2014, 02:20 PM ET
The crowded highways of Los Angeles just got a little greener, thanks to a new electric-vehicle program sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.
21 November 2014, 02:17 PM ET
New innovations, such as phone-based urine tests and apps that keep all medical records in one place, could change how people experience health care.
21 November 2014, 07:06 AM ET
Like Spider-Man scaling skyscrapers, people may someday climb glass walls with the help of a gecko-inspired invention.
20 November 2014, 03:26 PM ET
The popularity of fitness trackers has exploded, yet few people keep using these devices after a few months. Now, researchers are looking at what key features would it would take to make trackers better.
20 November 2014, 02:34 PM ET
Here's a gift guide for children who can't get enough science. We waded into toy land and found wacky science labs, strategy-filled games and stargazing sets, many for $30 or less. We hope you find an educational gift that sets your tiny scientist abuzz.
20 November 2014, 12:06 PM ET
What do you give the geek who has everything? Perhaps one of these science- or tech-inspired gifts.
20 November 2014, 11:07 AM ET
Two new subatomic particles have popped up at the world's largest atom smasher. The never-before-seen particles could help physicists glean key information about the building blocks of matter in the universe.