SmartPlanet stories related to the tools, machines, techniques and systems that solve the world's problems.
The practice of downloading one digital song at a time has made concept albums a dying art.
1 | March 11, 2010 2:10pm |
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 |
Boeing has developed a new, compact, energy-efficient camera that takes three-dimensional images for military, commercial and space applications.
1 | March 11, 2010 10:53am |
What do you think is causing unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles? Here's my take, along with several theories.
18 | March 11, 2010 10:06am |
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 |
Edmonton's water utility company has published an amazing graph showing water consumption (read: toilet flushes) during the Olympic gold medal hockey game versus the United States.
March 11, 2010 6:16am |
Apple's iPhone smartphone can form habits and actually be addictive, according to a new Stanford University survey.
2 | March 11, 2010 3:12am |
Is the unintended acceleration in Toyotas caused by faulty software? It doesn't matter when it comes to the question of software complexity. How massive can software systems become and still be safe?
1 | March 10, 2010 1:28pm |
Sage Electrochromics receives $72 million in federal funding for smart windows. Their high-tech glass dims and brightens automatically and could be a clear choice for green buildings.
12 | March 10, 2010 9:35am |
A Dutch firm has developed a tiny new sensor that can "listen" for noises on the battlefield, such as screams, gunshots, mortars and warplanes.
March 10, 2010 8:34am |
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 |
Parry Aftab, an Internet privacy expert, shares tips on safeguarding your online data -- and sheds light on the long-term consequences of this era of over sharing.
5 | March 10, 2010 4:00am |
New white paper explores Web 2.0's potential to reshape government policies, programs and structure.
March 9, 2010 5:04pm |
Cleantech startup Calera mixes carbon dioxide with seawater to produce cement. Is this marine-inspired technology the future of clean coal?
9 | March 9, 2010 11:16am |
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 |
If you can turn wind power or solar energy into hydrogen or less-volatile ammonia, you can transport it and have it ready for use in fuel cells when demand develops far away. Both hydrogen and...
3 | March 9, 2010 6:25am |
Engineers at the University of California Irvine are working on robotic technology that promises to rehabilitate the nation's aging water infrastructure.
18 | March 8, 2010 2:42pm |
How well do you sort your garbage? Someone may be keeping tabs.
March 8, 2010 1:04pm |
The perception in the U.S. are that cell phones held close to the head are perfectly safe. Europe thinks differently and the U.S. National Cancer Institute says we need another decade of studies...
3 | March 8, 2010 8:53am |
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 |