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Today’s Magnetic Resonance Image scans can confirm the presence of a tumor. What they cannot do is tell doctors what is going on inside the tumor. However, UCSF scientists recently developed new...
August 1, 2012 10:14am
Advances in MRI technology and cellular engineering are giving new hope to people fighting Multiple scleroris. SmartPlanet visits the University of California at San Francisco and talks to Prof....
9 | July 12, 2012 9:09am
In the hundreds of millions of Asian, Latin American, and African households where water is only available once every week or two weeks, families lose both time and potential income waiting to...
June 21, 2012 1:12pm
Whether it is analyzing your heart rate, controlling stress, or tracking your sleep patterns, Silicon Valley-based Azumio is using smartphone technology to give users a better and more accurate...
2 | May 17, 2012 9:02am
Grabit, a spin-off from research institute SRI International has developed a way for robots to pick up objects using electroadhesion. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das finds out how the technology works.
May 9, 2012 4:16pm
They save lives, save time, and fascinate us all at once. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das reports from the Future of Robotics in Silicon Valley and Beyond event, where robots take center stage and...
1 | May 9, 2012 4:07pm
At the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, NRG Energy CEO David Crane discusses how smart meters, distributed-solar projects, and plug-in electric vehicles could potentially cause disruptive change...
3 | March 27, 2012 1:28pm
At Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Professor Jeremy Bailenson has created a thoroughly convincing virtual reality environment. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das tours the lab to find...
2 | February 23, 2012 8:57am
Martin Griss, director of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and the Disaster Management Initiative, explains how to build technologies that will make a difference for individuals and their...
February 1, 2012 11:26am
2011 was a banner year for science and technology innovation, and SmartPlanet was on hand to give you a first look. Here are our 10 most popular videos, as clicked on and watched by our viewers.
December 20, 2011 9:48am
Honeywell is developing software that could help pilots with low-visibility landings. The new technology combines infrared imaging with 3D ground-terrain mapping to give pilots a clearer view of...
December 16, 2011 8:39am
SmartPlanet meets Ren Ng, founder of Silicon Valley start-up Lytro, to see how it's re-imagining the digital camera with its patented light-field photography technology. We also talk to Ng about...
5 | December 12, 2011 8:48am
At Nest Labs, former Apple product engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers have molded their thermostat with many of the design and technology characteristics of Apple products like the iPod and...
1 | December 6, 2011 8:35am
At Mountain View, Calif.-based SST, engineers have developed new gunfire-detection software that pinpoints the exact location of a shot, making it easier for police officers to respond to a crime...
1 | November 21, 2011 11:30am
According to a recent AAA study, car crashes cost $300 billion a year, and the human cost is even greater. Experts at Consumer Reports say a technology known as electronic stability control can...
2 | November 3, 2011 8:13am
At the AlwaysOn Going Green conference in San Francisco, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla refutes claims that green tech companies require a larger amount of capital to start than typical...
September 27, 2011 3:20pm
At the AlwaysOn Going Green conference in San Francisco, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla talks about why he's bullish on green tech and what technologies he believes will be game changers in the...
1 | September 27, 2011 3:17pm
David Lieb, Andy Huibers, and Jake Mintz are the founders of Bump Technologies, a Silicon Valley start-up backed by Internet VC, Marc Andreesen. The team has created a mobile app that allows users...
September 22, 2011 3:21pm
Lit Motors CEO Daniel Kim wants to reinvent the motorcycle as we know it today. His idea? To design and manufacture a fully enclosed, two-wheeled motorcycle that runs purely on electric....
12 | September 12, 2011 7:20am
Steve Zornetzer, associate director of NASA Ames Research Center, talks about the space agency's plan to design eco-friendly buildings on earth using technologies developed for space exploration....
August 29, 2011 3:32pm