SmartPlanet stories related to the research, theory and execution of solutions to problems, from consumer products to corporate processes to the built environment.
By gilding microbial fuel cells with gold nanomaterials, researchers are discovering ways to make more electricity from wastewater (and clean the water while they're at it). Sounds pricey, but...
July 26, 2010 4:00am |
Solazyme's founder and CTO says it was the first biofuel company to move past PowerPoints and give the Navy what it wants: green, algae-based jet fuel.
5 | July 26, 2010 2:00am |
A new fleet of unmanned drones will be equipped with the ability to process information from Air Traffic Control just like a pilot.
6 | July 23, 2010 3:53pm |
Russia will invest $800 million in a new spaceport designed for commercial space flight in the nation's eastern lands that border with China.
9 | July 23, 2010 6:28am |
Michigan Tech researchers have created an invisibility cloak made of glass. Experts say invisibility cloaks will be here by 2039.
14 | July 22, 2010 2:57pm |
Starbucks is expanding its mobile payment pilots and has received positive feedback from customers paying for their Frappuccino with iPhones.
July 22, 2010 2:56pm |
Penn State University is the latest university to offer corporate sustainability courses. Here are five more schools with programs.
3 | July 22, 2010 5:56am |
Unlike normal cells, cancer cells can grow and age without dying -- one of the reasons they're so dangerous. But researchers have developed a way to help cancer cells age and die, which could lead...
54 | July 22, 2010 4:00am |
Duke University researchers are using computers to predict how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. The goal? Create more robust drugs that can win.
1 | July 21, 2010 9:56am |
Airbus has unveiled its vision of the future of flying in 2030: a concept plane that's sleek, slim and smart.
10 | July 21, 2010 7:10am |
Oregon's wind power problem; redesigning the LED light; Detroit: greenest city in America?; BP's risky buy; a pro-drilling environmentalist.
July 20, 2010 1:24pm |
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Siemens Energy an $8.9 million grant to capture carbon at American coal-fired plants.
July 20, 2010 12:09pm |
Aerospace giant Boeing has unveiled a new capsule spaceship for NASA that can transport people to and from space stations.
12 | July 20, 2010 7:07am |
Toyota and Ford have settled lawsuits with Paice over patented technology used in their hybrid electric vehicles.
1 | July 20, 2010 6:25am |
Budget messes across the United States call for a radical new approaches to running our school districts. Along the way, we'll be teaching kids to think more sustainably.
1 | July 20, 2010 4:49am |
Overseas innovation; Happy Birthday, parking meter; America: country of cities; Charlotte's streetcar project; paved roads, R.I.P.
July 19, 2010 1:28pm |
DARPA, Lockheed Martin develop sensor system that uses gravity to locate, identify underground targets
DARPA has commissioned Lockheed Martin to develop a sensor system that can locate and identify underground targets -- with a little help from gravity.
9 | July 19, 2010 7:42am |
Known as a disease of the past and the poor, tuberculosis still plagues many developing countries and is the number one killer for people living with HIV. Why is there only one vaccine, nearly a...
July 19, 2010 2:00am |
University of Arizona scientists have a designer mosquito that is completely resistant to malaria. This single gene breakthrough could have big implications for the fight against malaria.
16 | July 16, 2010 11:02am |
The McMansion is dead! Long live the idea of regenerative communities that give back to the environment.
11 | July 16, 2010 4:35am |