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Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute have constructed the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell.
1 | May 20, 2010 10:23am |
Researchers at MIT have developed a system to make gesture-based computing more natural and less expensive.
2 | May 20, 2010 9:36am |
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using the world's fastest supercomputer to model and simulate next-generation nuclear power plants.
4 | May 20, 2010 6:41am |
Mitsubishi has designed and installed the largest elevator in the world in an office building in Japan.
2 | May 20, 2010 6:24am |
Hewlett Packard researchers demonstrated a design for a sustainable datacenter that can be fueled by cow manure.
1 | May 20, 2010 6:08am |
By marrying local textile traditions to advanced portable light and clean energy technology, the nonprofit Portable Light Project is bringing artificial illumination to some of the darkest corners...
May 20, 2010 4:00am |
Swedish researchers have designed a breathalyzer for drugs.
3 | May 20, 2010 2:03am |
NASA this week announced the results of its Fundamental Aeronautics Program, which aims to cook up the next generation of passenger planes. These planes take green concepts, energy efficiency and...
May 19, 2010 2:49pm |
Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. unveiled one of its shiny red streetcars--built in the Czech Republic. When streetcars left U.S. cities, streetcar manufacturing left as well. Who will build...
10 | May 19, 2010 2:00am |
We don't talk anymore.... instead, we text, browse, watch videos, and play games. Voice calls are but one of many applications on today's phones.
1 | May 18, 2010 6:23pm |
Fish-inspired wind farms; Baltimore's virtual supermarket; shy extroverts; top 10 cities for layoffs; transportation optimization.
May 18, 2010 2:06pm |
The effort to turn your mobile phone into your new digital wallet is picking up steam. Visa has announced a way to pay for goods by waving your iPhone.
May 18, 2010 12:36pm |
Intel's holographic, augmented reality digital touchscreen display could change the way you shop...forever.
6 | May 18, 2010 11:27am |
Robert Dopp today announced a breakthrough electrolyzer that can produce hydrogen at less than the current cost of gasoline.
26 | May 18, 2010 6:07am |
Six people will spend a year and a half going through the motions of a trip to Mars. The hardest challenge will be psychological.
1 | May 18, 2010 5:42am |
Around the world, researchers are working to make "social robots" a part of everyday human life. One such machine, Simon, can navigate busy environments and help clean up a workspace.
2 | May 18, 2010 4:00am |
MIT lobbies for its new plane design -- will NASA take it forward?
7 | May 17, 2010 4:42pm |
There are certain companies that all students of corporate sustainability or green business initiatives MUST watch, and one of those is giant retailer Walmart.
5 | May 17, 2010 9:14am |
Is it possible to build a smarter building without installing loads of expensive sensors? According to two Berkeley professors, yes.
5 | May 17, 2010 6:34am |
Flying cars -- long the idealistic vision of futurists past and present -- may always be too impractical. But not impossible.
10 | May 15, 2010 6:00am |