SmartPlanet stories related to the systematic pursuit of knowledge and the products and ideas that result from that process.
Imperial College London scientists found that yeast cells know if they want to mate with each other within two minutes of meeting each other. Understanding what triggers yeast cells to mate could...
6 | April 19, 2010 5:31am |
Does the Obama space plan make sense, an an era of fiscal austerity? Or does manned space flight and your fear of Russian dominance in rocketry make you want more money for NASA?
1 | April 16, 2010 11:55am |
Newcastle researchers report a three-parent embryo technique that could engineer babies so that they are disease-free.
2 | April 16, 2010 8:58am |
With flights to Europe suspended due to the volcanic ash plume, the prime minister is spotted at the airport running the country with an iPad and electrical outlet.
April 16, 2010 8:47am |
To understand the spread of the plume, scientists flew directly into the beautiful ashes to sample the gases. The volcanic ash continues to disrupt flights, as the plume spreads across Europe. The...
2 | April 16, 2010 7:07am |
The financial impetus of finding a baldness cure could finance an important line of cancer research.
12 | April 16, 2010 5:57am |
A cat's brain is the model for a new supercomputer developed by the University of Michigan and funded by DARPA.
5 | April 16, 2010 3:34am |
The idea is that the sensors would continually test blood sugar, the computer would decide when insulin or glucagon is needed, and the pump would deliver the goods automatically.
8 | April 15, 2010 10:53am |
Duke researchers found that gene patents actually stifle competition and slow down innovation.
3 | April 15, 2010 7:30am |
If you're one of the thousands of Americans who will attend a sporting event this weekend, this post is for you.
1 | April 15, 2010 4:00am |
It's good to be in the business of building a smarter planet: the top 10 highest-paying college majors are all technical degrees.
April 14, 2010 9:00am |
UFOs should be a legitimate field of college study, says an anthropology professor from western New York State. What do think?
4 | April 14, 2010 8:10am |
Vanderbilt University researchers found that psychopaths are wired differently. They crave rewards, no matter the cost.
9 | April 14, 2010 6:03am |
MIT has taken the process of photosynthesis apart and shown a better way to separate water into its component parts.
3 | April 14, 2010 5:03am |
Researchers have designed a web-based application that can track pathogens -- including disease outbreaks with implications for national security -- as they evolve around the globe.
2 | April 14, 2010 4:00am |
Australian researchers challenge the definition of a dwarf planet. If the International Astronomical Union changes the definition of a dwarf planet, then Pluto might receive yet another blow to...
2 | April 13, 2010 7:36am |
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is developing a smartphone application that could warn users of hazardous substances.
11 | April 13, 2010 3:59am |
NASA unveiled new programs that mark a shift toward commercial manned rockets and the development of new technologies to enable deep space exploration.
4 | April 12, 2010 6:22am |
Venus has life if volcanoes past and present fall into that category. And President Obama heads to Florida later next week to offer details for his controversial NASA priorities.
April 9, 2010 2:30pm |
The identifying features of this new giant lizard include its double penis and its human-sized figure.
2 | April 9, 2010 4:20am |