SmartPlanet stories related to the tools, machines, techniques and systems that solve the world's problems.
On paper, the A350 looks like a heck of airplane, but is indistinguishable from Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in many respects. Here's a comparison.
15 | March 1, 2010 10:07am |
Millennials love their smartphones and bikes. Cars? Not so much. This could spawn a new generation of smart bikes for hipsters and obsessive cyclists, starting with Helios handlebars.
14 | June 6, 2013 3:00am |
Electricity for the grid and for water desalination plants, from a little known Canadian company. Saudi Arabia interested too.
4 | May 28, 2013 5:55am |
The Navy has moved closer to a combat-ready futuristic weapon after the successful test firing of an "Advanced Containment Launcher."
12 | October 22, 2012 4:40am |
New report from McKinsey Global Institute identify the top world-changing technologies that will add the most value to the global economy.
15 | May 24, 2013 9:12am |
With the press of a button, the handheld Metal Vapor Torch ignites a fiery blade that can pulverize deadbolts, padlocks, chains and steel.
8 | December 7, 2012 4:40am |
Stick a fork in U.S. nuclear power. With four plants closing this year and more to come, the dream of electricity "too cheap to meter" is dead.
94 | June 12, 2013 1:41am |
A Kickstarter campaign could release hundreds of thousands of synthetic biological weeds across the United States -- and so far, the government is doing nothing about it.
25 | June 13, 2013 1:43am |
The $22,000 'smart' rifle from TrackingPoint is here. It allows even a novice to hit a moving target up to 1,200 yards away on the first go.
20 | May 29, 2013 8:18pm |
Researchers have demonstrated an innovative "self-powered" method of producing hydrogen that may revive interest in fuel cell technology.
27 | September 21, 2011 7:29am |
Erosion happens. So how do you harness these natural processes to re-nourish beaches and fortify the coastline?
5 | May 20, 2013 2:35pm |
Here's some insight into how companies like GE are taking advantage of 3D-printing technology.
1 | June 6, 2013 5:48am |
A Wisconsin engineer has printed what he calls the "Lulz Liberator" on a commercially-available printer.
2 | May 23, 2013 4:44am |
BARCELONA -- A billion people worldwide lack clean water. One start-up looks to use plants to provide an affordable, chemical-free alternative to the current costly market.
6 | June 10, 2013 3:06am |
An innovative sword-shaped test train reached a world record-breaking speed of 311 mph.
29 | December 28, 2011 12:41pm |
Compared to traditional bicycle saddles, no-nose versions reduce numbness, tingling and other symptoms in bike riders. So why aren't they more popular?
28 | June 28, 2011 8:24pm |
Here's a fast new way to power a city fleet of electric buses.
20 | June 3, 2013 1:01pm |
A doctor claims to have developed a laser surgical technique that turns brown-colored eyes into baby blues.
24 | November 4, 2011 5:00am |
LEDs are almost certainly the future of lighting. Among their advertised advantages: They slash electricity consumption. Do they?
62 | November 29, 2012 5:00am |
Three decades after those E.T. kids went airborne, a two-wheeler goes aloft in the Czech Republic.
8 | June 13, 2013 5:10am |