Innovation

Technological breakthroughs and information about big ideas, innovations and the inventors that make progress possible.
Read More

Latest Articles

Flying Machines? 5 Da Vinci Designs That Were Ahead of Their Time
Da Vinci's flying machine.
December 19th, 2014
From humanoid robots to machine guns, here are five da Vinci inventions that were truly before their time.
Read More »
Artificial Intelligence: Friendly or Frightening?
I, Robot
December 4th, 2014
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.
Read More »
Coming Soon: An Atomic Clock That Can Fit in Your Pocket
Abstract clock.
November 18th, 2014
Knowing what time it is down to the very last sliver of a second is easy — but only if you happen to have an atomic clock in your pocket.
Read More »
Robot Swarm! NYC Exhibit Uses Bots to Teach Math
MoMath's new robots.
December 12th, 2014
A new interactive exhibit in New York City teaches kids and adults alike about the mathematical order of the natural world in an unconventional way: with dozens of swarming robots.
Read More »
Vest for the Deaf Translates Speech Into Vibrations
Vibrating vest for deaf
November 21st, 2014
A new wearable device that translates spoken words into vibrations could help deaf people perceive speech in a completely new way.
Read More »
Whoosh: ‘Salmon Cannon’ Shoots Fish Upstream to Spawn
fish shooting out of salmon cannon
November 13th, 2014
How long can a fish survive out of water? Long enough, it seems, for a 120-foot (37 meter) tube to vacuum up the fish and shoot it upriver, closer to the salmon's spawning grounds, research shows.
Read More »
'Muscles' Triggered by Electricity Could Power Tiny Robots
Particle Chains
November 10th, 2014
Tiny electrically activated "muscles" could one day give rise to microscopic robots that are smaller than a grain of sand, researchers say.
Read More »
Military Seeks Flying Aircraft Carriers to Launch Drones
Drone Aircraft Carriers
December 9th, 2014
The U.S. military wants to develop flying aircraft carriers to transport drones in and out of surveillance zones.
Read More »
Light Therapy Could Stop Seizures in the Brain
An artist's image shows a stormy human mind.
November 19th, 2014
Epilepsy affects about 2 million people in the United States, and current treatments for the chronic neurological disorder are ineffective for more than a third of cases. But a new technique that uses light to activate brain cells could stop seizures in t
Read More »
Solar-Paneled Path Paves Way to Green Homes
The bike path was opened on Nov. 12.
November 12th, 2014
To capture more energy from the sun, one company is putting solar panels where they've never gone before: in the street.
Read More »