SmartPlanet stories related to the systematic pursuit of knowledge and the products and ideas that result from that process.
A provincial governor hopes to find China's energy solutions in Qinghai's combustible ice reserves. Though the 'frozen natural gas' is there. The technology is not.
15 | March 11, 2010 11:04am |
Computer science pioneer Chuck Thacker has been awarded with the A.M. Turing Award, considered computing's Nobel Prize.
March 11, 2010 10:26am |
The Intendix device is pricey, about $12,000, it's limited to basic text input, and it's designed for people who can't communicate any other way. But with training a user can input a letter per...
March 11, 2010 8:51am |
When you benefit from kindness, experts say, "You don't go back to being your 'old selfish self.'"
8 | March 11, 2010 4:00am |
Apple's iPhone smartphone can form habits and actually be addictive, according to a new Stanford University survey.
2 | March 11, 2010 3:12am |
Australian researchers extracted DNA from a 19,000-year-old emu eggshell as well as other extinct birds, shedding light on how the avian creatures lived and died.
March 10, 2010 1:54pm |
As the use of prosthetic limbs increases in military veterans, the Pentagon is investigating prostheses that are more durable, reliable and directly controlled using brain implants.
6 | March 10, 2010 6:28am |
A veterinarian sets off to make (dog) house visits across the country, to learn why some canines have reached a very old age.
6 | March 10, 2010 4:00am |
The remarkably simple Peepoo bag solves a huge problem in the developing world - sanitizing human excrement, which is responsible for a host of lethal diseases, and turning it into fertilizer.
March 9, 2010 9:54am |
Happy people know how to have deep conversations about their emotions with other people. They don't just chit-chat.
2 | March 9, 2010 5:46am |
A novel protein within King Cobra venom is science's latest venom-related discovery -- and it could lead to better treatment options for neurological conditions.
14 | March 9, 2010 4:00am |
IBM and Stanford University this week will outline a green chemistry breakthrough that may lead to biodegradable and biocompatible plastics.
March 8, 2010 9:01pm |
Some 250,000 people in Sweden are allergic to the radio waves that are emitted when someone makes a call with a cellular mobile phone, according to a new report.
8 | March 8, 2010 8:07am |
If Siberia's methane is being released suddenly into the atmosphere, and even the basics of climate change science is true, it could mean another 8 million metric tons of methane going into the...
44 | March 5, 2010 12:17pm |
Billions of pieces of plastic trash are accumulating in a massive garbage patch in the Atlantic Ocean, mirroring the Texas-sized one in the Pacific, scientists have found.
10 | March 5, 2010 12:03pm |
Expect oxygenated Dasani and Aquafina within a year. Given falling sales after buyers learned these were just tap water, it's just the news Coke and Pepsi need to hear.
6 | March 5, 2010 8:05am |
Scientists discovered the oldest dinosaur relative, suggesting that dinosaurs are older than previously thought. While the prevailing theory painted dino cousins as two-legged, small carnivores,...
3 | March 5, 2010 7:45am |
Need some happiness-inducing retail therapy? Go for the family vacation, and forget the flat-screen TV, researchers say.
12 | March 5, 2010 4:00am |
You can't judge a book by its cover, not that this stops publishers from making a science of cover design. The same is true in operating systems.
12 | March 4, 2010 9:54am |
Next generation sequencing machines promise to make sequencing the human genome faster and cheaper. Which company will reach the $1,000 genome target first?
5 | March 4, 2010 8:19am |