SmartPlanet stories related to the research, theory and execution of solutions to problems, from consumer products to corporate processes to the built environment.
After sequencing the bedbug genome, researchers unveil that the pests may be genetically resistant to current pesticides. New control measures could be developed by understanding the genes that...
1 | January 21, 2011 9:00am |
The U.S. FDA is nearing approval of a diagnostic scan for Alzheimer's disease that can reveal how much plaque is in the brain.
January 21, 2011 8:16am |
Among the array of viable alternative energy options, nuclear power hasn't been getting much love from the eco-conscious community. But in France, the technology has become the hands-down way to...
9 | January 20, 2011 11:50pm |
Stroke risks may be higher for people infected with HIV, new research shows. But two other studies this week reveal new potential treatments: an RNA missile and a drug to render the virus...
January 20, 2011 8:43pm |
Creating evolutionary robots might lead to more adaptive machines.
1 | January 20, 2011 2:46pm |
Is "sustainism" the next design movement? A look at the benefits and drawbacks of eco-conscious design and what's holding it back from true success.
2 | January 20, 2011 11:25am |
Home design of the future: French firm Quarks has developed touch-sensitive wall paint that can turn lights (or virtually anything) on and off.
8 | January 20, 2011 9:38am |
Smart growth? Texas? El Paso's "tour de force vision" seeks to bring back walkable neighborhoods and the streetcar to a city overrun with automobiles.
January 20, 2011 8:46am |
Scientists have identified a protein in white blood cells that acts as a 'master switch,' determining whether to stimulate or suppress inflammation. This finding could lead to new drugs for...
1 | January 19, 2011 10:00am |
North Carolina State University researchers say their "superstreet" traffic concept enables faster travel times and "drastic" reductions in auto collisions. Bye bye, left turns.
21 | January 19, 2011 7:50am |
Hyundai is preparing to launch a plug-in electric vehicle in the next year. Will it help woo the range-anxious American consumer?
1 | January 19, 2011 7:13am |
A whistleblower group asks the Green Buildings Council to hold back LEED certification for buildings containing materials made from coal waste.
2 | January 19, 2011 4:00am |
The new aviation concept, developed by Boeing design firm Teague, involves government-subsidized airships, luxuriously slow travel, exorbitant fees for flying as fast as we do today, and less...
34 | January 19, 2011 2:00am |
73 million Chinese citizens joined the online ranks in 2010, bringing the country's total online user base to a staggering 457 million--more people than live in the entire United States, by far.
6 | January 19, 2011 1:00am |
U.S. officials have remained tight-lipped amidst a news report suggesting that the highly-sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet was borne out of an American-Israeli collaboration.
5 | January 18, 2011 9:49am |
Can we improve the city taxi cab? One inventor offers his suggestions, from the robotic to the autonomous to the shock-absorbing.
5 | January 18, 2011 7:04am |
The first delivery of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has been pushed back yet again, to the third quarter of 2011, the company said.
5 | January 18, 2011 6:29am |
With all the drawbacks of density in a smart growth city -- noise, distraction, chaos -- is there something to be said for urbanism's foe, suburban sprawl? One expert weighs in.
21 | January 18, 2011 6:04am |
What if Charles Darwin and Edward O. Wilson had created FourSquare? That question is the impetus behind Project Noah, a website and smart phone app that serves as a modern-day electronic field...
January 18, 2011 4:00am |
Company is testing impact of electric vehicles on cars used for business trips.
January 17, 2011 12:47pm |