SmartPlanet stories related to the research, theory and execution of solutions to problems, from consumer products to corporate processes to the built environment.
NASA engineers are developing a paint that is "blacker than pitch black" -- and in turn, improve the accuracy with which its instruments measure light.
11 | December 20, 2010 7:37am |
Allison Arieff explains why today's airports are so incompatible with the latest security measures, and points to San Francisco as leading the way into the future. But is it really a solution?
4 | December 20, 2010 7:07am |
In an effort to meet its renewable energy goals, the Navy has enlisted Lockheed Martin to design a prototype plant for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion.
4 | December 20, 2010 2:00am |
Tiny sleeping bags with warmed, melted wax could save thousands of babies from hypothermia.
3 | December 19, 2010 11:03pm |
Many high-occupancy vehicle lanes along major highways are underutilized, and cities and states are eying toll options for solitary drivers as a way to raise new revenues.
5 | December 17, 2010 8:27am |
The military is recruiting solar-power tents to help energize the war effort. Could their large-scale deployment cut down on fuel supply hazards? Let's hope.
4 | December 17, 2010 4:00am |
The U.S. Dept. of the Interior has drafted new environmental policy which aims to fast track future solar energy development projects on public lands.
9 | December 16, 2010 8:00pm |
The Sub-Ice Rover will provide a literal new perspective on climate change, from beneath a half-mile of Antarctic ice.
3 | December 16, 2010 5:00pm |
For the first time, invisibility rugs can hide large objects. So it goes, the impossible history of invisibility cloaks.
26 | December 16, 2010 3:02pm |
Marriott is the best host when it comes to energy efficiency, water consumption and other environmental factors, according to a Climate Counts sustainability ranking.
1 | December 16, 2010 11:00am |
With the first Baby Boomer set to turn 65 next year, the transportation industry should be preparing for a senior boom. ITNAmerica devised a solution that combines volunteer efforts with a...
4 | December 16, 2010 4:00am |
Giant tire company Goodyear and its biotech partner Genencor hope to replace petroleum-based isoprene in car tires with a bio-based alternative.
2 | December 15, 2010 10:28am |
India and Japan have announced plans to construct two dozen green cities in the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. The targets: transportation, cities, energy and China.
December 15, 2010 7:16am |
SmartPlanet talks to one of Method's founders about sustainability, lessons learned, and what he's doing with 1,000 pounds of plastic he collected from the Pacific.
6 | December 15, 2010 2:00am |
With the goal of promoting businesses that are both environmentally and socially sustainable, the Pennsylvania-based nonprofit B Lab has designed a certification model that exceeds what LEED does...
December 14, 2010 4:00am |
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has invested in the production of Russia's first hybrid vehicle line up, called E-Mobile.
8 | December 13, 2010 4:05pm |
Researchers have figured out how to turn stem cells into functioning intestinal tissue.
1 | December 13, 2010 10:02am |
U.S. News & World Report named the urban planner as one of the top 50 careers of 2011, forecasting "strong growth" for the position in the next decade.
6 | December 13, 2010 6:30am |
The scientific method---the use of experiments to observe and test hypotheses---may be under fire due to the decline effect. This decline effect dictates that experiments used to find the truth...
30 | December 12, 2010 11:31am |
U.S. Naval Academy researchers design humpback whale-inspired undersea turbine blades. Could it help tidal power lift off?
December 10, 2010 8:30am |