SmartPlanet stories related to the systematic pursuit of knowledge and the products and ideas that result from that process.
Billionaire Samuel Yin contributed $100 million to establish the Tang Prizes for topics like sustainable development and biopharmaceutical science. The winnings are bigger than the Nobel.
February 3, 2013 8:11pm |
The first lab-grown burger will be eaten soon.
20 | May 16, 2013 5:52am |
The "tractor beams" described in science fiction are one step closer to becoming a reality, but the benefits could first be realized in medical laboratories before space.
5 | January 28, 2013 7:08pm |
Enjoy rebutting climate change deniers in comments or on social media? If so, the new game Reality Drop is for you.
30 | November 12, 2012 8:00pm |
From the cradle to the grave, a typical pair of running shoes generates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. The biggest gas-emitting step might surprise you.
16 | June 2, 2013 9:29pm |
There may be one specific trait that provides the exceptional talent found in all child prodigies. We spoke to the researcher who has discovered this link.
12 | May 31, 2013 5:00am |
With crowdfunding, the masses could help spur development of a cure for the cancer that killed Steve Jobs.
2 | October 25, 2012 8:30pm |
Editors gathered last week to write overlooked women into the history of science. The online encyclopedia is the 6th most visited site worldwide, yet women editors comprise less than 15 percent.
October 22, 2012 11:39am |
How will the sharply contrasting visions of the U.S. presidential candidates affect issues like basic and biomedical research?
81 | October 24, 2012 6:39pm |
Discovery could lead to treatments that stop neurological diseases in their tracks.
10 | May 20, 2013 12:00pm |
New report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology says the US faces critical shortage of science and tech grads; proposes 5-step remedy.
6 | February 19, 2012 12:25pm |
A familiar face in science education, Nye is now CEO of the Planetary Society. Here, he discusses the status of space exploration, the "anti-science movement" and his popular 1990s TV show.
7 | February 27, 2012 3:11am |
An undersea gold rush could be coming soon with the rising cost of minerals and advancements in technology opening the seafloor to mining.
3 | May 19, 2013 9:20pm |
Insects see brilliantly through thousands of tiny lenses in "compound eyes." Researchers have built a camera using the same principle. Killer panoramas. Good for spying and seeing up your nose too.
3 | May 2, 2013 4:00am |
What makes things go viral? Six principles drive us to share, says Jonah Berger, and companies such as Apple have used this knowledge to their advantage.
2 | May 17, 2013 5:00am |
Advances in therapeutic cloning could mean the development of new treatment for degenerative diseases, but it is not without opposition.
May 16, 2013 10:58am |
DELHI -- In some states of India, more women than men are pursuing science courses in college. But MIT professor Abha Sur argues that Indian female scientists still face societal discrimination in...
January 17, 2012 10:07pm |
National Science Board reports that the US graduates only 20% as many science and engineering majors as leading Asian nations. Should we be concerned?
2 | January 20, 2012 9:12am |
Hand transplants are old news. But never before had a recipient gone to the operating table fully limbed. Another advance in hand for medical science.
January 4, 2013 4:09am |
A study reveals that due to unconscious bias, we may be fully utilizing just half of our top resource: people.
13 | September 25, 2012 9:23pm |