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Would we then be able to feed the whole world? Maybe. Scientists have found a way to turn indigestible cellulose into starch.
33 | April 18, 2013 5:23pm |
A prototype of interactive electronic fabrics would generate power from the human body to alter the look of clothes.
April 18, 2013 4:00am |
Self-published books have made their way onto best-seller lists and the distribution model is attracting more established authors.
2 | April 17, 2013 9:10pm |
What can we accomplish by combining the best of human intellect with the expanding processing capacity of machines?
3 | April 16, 2013 3:00am |
An expert on the world of work, Pink spoke with us about his new book, To Sell Is Human, and his years as chief speechwriter for U.S. vice president Al Gore.
7 | April 15, 2013 4:35am |
Built in one week, the organization Safecast pioneered a new kind of citizen science.
3 | April 12, 2013 2:00am |
By pulling the wheels, instead of pushing them forward, wheelchair users can prevent damage to their shoulders and save hundreds of thousands of strokes per year.
13 | April 11, 2013 10:33pm |
Millions of vehicles are being pulled off the roads due to faulty passenger airbags.
1 | April 11, 2013 1:30pm |
A material once used to create primitive transistors 60 years ago could pave the way for faster electronics in the future.
6 | April 11, 2013 5:56am |
It may not be apprenticeships of old, but it's a start.
1 | April 10, 2013 6:06am |
Falling application rates from Chinese students could put American graduate schools in a bind.
5 | April 10, 2013 5:02am |
Bean plant leaves won't bite bed bugs back, but they do impale the pests though their feet. Artificial leaves could become effective traps.
2 | April 9, 2013 7:25pm |
We talk to this everyman leader about how to transform a company.
April 9, 2013 3:00am |
Scientists from the United Kingdom have determined that climate change will lead to more virulent turbulence over the North Atlantic, and thus higher airfares.
13 | April 8, 2013 8:12pm |
James Hansen has been campaigning against global warming for decades. He retired as boss of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies this week, giving lift-off to his latest call for nuclear.
20 | April 5, 2013 3:41am |
A 3D printing breakthrough that could revolutionize medicine.
9 | April 5, 2013 3:15am |
It's a nebulous endeavor with no obvious milestones or endpoint. But if it works, a brain map could lead to cures for conditions ranging from Alzheimer's to PTSD.
5 | April 3, 2013 2:12pm |
U.S. natural gas prices are rising, while wind and solar are growing rapidly. The global transition to mostly renewable grid power may now be unstoppable.
45 | April 3, 2013 3:00am |
MTA officials hope a 7-foot wall in the middle of Jamaica Bay will protect the A train from storm surges and debris for the next century.
16 | April 2, 2013 10:14am |
Advertising industry veteran Farrah Bostic wants to help companies slim down their marketing strategies.
4 | April 2, 2013 3:00am |