Innovation

Technological breakthroughs and information about big ideas, innovations and the inventors that make progress possible.
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Mantis Shrimp's Attack Claw Inspires Tough New Material Design
Mantis Shrimp
April 23rd, 2014
Mantis shrimp attack their prey using a clublike claw that accelerates faster than a .22-caliber bullet. Researchers think studying the structure of this club could inspire stronger, more impact-resistant materials.
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New Solar Plane Aims for Round-the-World Flight
Solar Impulse 2
April 9th, 2014
A new solar-powered plane that will be used to fly around the world in five consecutive days without using any fuel was unveiled today (April 9) in Switzerland.
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New Atomic Clock Is Most Accurate Timekeeper Yet
NIST-F2 Atomic Clock
April 4th, 2014
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.
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Google-Owned Company Rejects Military Funds for Robotics Contest
Team SCHAFT Robot
April 15th, 2014
A Google-owned company has chosen to forgo military funding for the next round of a robotics competition hosted by DARPA, the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for developing new technologies for the military.
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'RoboClam' Digging Machine As Fast as Natural Burrowers
MIT Researchers Testing the RoboClam
April 8th, 2014
A robot that can dig quickly and deeply in mud or wet sand could one day be used to lay underwater cables, dig up and detonate underwater mines, or anchor machines to the seafloor, researchers say.
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US Military's DARPA Launches Biology Branch for Next-Gen Security
Laboratory
April 2nd, 2014
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.
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DARPA and Drone Cars: How the US Military Spawned Self-Driving Car Revolution
DARPA Grand Challenge
March 21st, 2014
DARPA, the arm of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for advancing military technology, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the DARPA Grand Challenge, an ambitious, first-of-its-kind race between robotic, self-driving cars.
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Google Glass Virtual Tour Lets You See Inside New Solar Plane
Andre Borschberg & Bertrand Piccard Pose with Solar Impulse 2 Plane
April 9th, 2014
Two Swiss pilots who will attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane are planning to give the public a virtual tour of their high-tech ride today (April 10).
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Boeing Going Vertical with 'Phantom Swift' Military X-Plane (Video)
Boeing Phantom Swift
April 8th, 2014
Aerospace giant Boeing is designing a new type of aircraft capable of taking off, hovering and landing vertically. These vehicles could one day be used by the military to transport troops, weapons or cargo to and from the battlefield.
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Stealth F-35 Fighter Jets Could Make Overseas Debut This Summer
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
April 1st, 2014
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.
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