Nick Holonyak was sure the LED would replace the incandescent light bulb when he presented it to GE executives 50 years ago.
In 1960, Philip Bono, a Space Vehicle Design Specialist with the Boeing Airplane Company, envisioned a manned Mars spacecraft which would outwardly have resembled the X-20A Dyna-Soar single-seat orbital glider that the company was developing for the
It sounds too good to be true—get stronger and faster with shorter workouts. But science says that most recreational athletes are better off running or riding fewer miles and instead focusing on more intense efforts.
John Maeda is the president of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is dedicated to linking design and technology.
A team of MIT chemists has published a paper revealing how it developed a method for drawing gas sensors onto paper using a tailor-made, super-conductive carbon nanontube pencil.
Deliberately smashing a multi-million dollar plane into the desert packs high entertainment value, but the elaborate experiment, which kicked off the second season of Discovery Channel's "Curiosity" series, wasn't just for gasps.
Serge Haroche of France and David J. Wineland of the U.S. shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for devising clever laboratory experiments that made it possible to control ghostly quantum particles, an achievement that many theoretical physicists believe
Bloodhound SSC is the ambitious program to smash the land speed record. But is it also the ultimate in open source, as the director says the team will make all of its data free and open and vows to keep it patent-free. Photo: Bloodhound
Smart phone will be implanted within 75 years
“Traditional construction is chaotic,” he says. “We took construction and moved it into the factory.” According to Zhang, his buildings will help solve the many problems of the construction industry. They will be safer, quicker, and cheaper to build.
Wolynes’ theory can now predict the ultimate strength of any glass, including the common varieties made from silica and more exotic types made of polymers and metals.
Even without a brain, a slime mold can essentially remember where it's been, helping it navigate past complex obstacles. These findings reveal how ancient organisms could solve certain problems well before complex brains evolved,
The first steps towards interstellar travel have been taken, but the stars are very far away.
Like the ill-fated internet meme says, "Winter is coming" ... or at least, it is for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
An old saying tells us not to dwell on an unpleasant event. A new clinical study suggests the saying has both psychological and neurological support for its validity.
But other experts are not convinced. ‘There is no physical evidence of superconductivity, by which I mean primarily there are no resistance measurements that show the material has become superconducting,’ saysMark Ellerby of University College London
If one can hire a cheap specialized "robotaxi" (or whistlecar) on demand when one has a special automotive need, car users can elect to purchase a vehicle only for their most common needs, rather than trying to meet almost all of them -- or to not
Modeled after a Nerf gun--but with 200,000 volts under the hood
Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka discovered that mature cells, not just embryonic cells, are capable of becoming any cell in the body.
Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic skydive from 23 miles up is many things: an attempt to set a record and, yes, an opportunity to sell a lot of Red Bull.
Can you fall faster than the speed of sound?
Gwynne Shotwell breaks down the mission from lift-off to rendezvous with the Space Station.
From a capsule suspended 23 miles (36.6 kilometers) above Roswell, N.M., daredevil Felix Baumgartner will skydive in an attempt to set a new altitude record.
One of the great benefits of being in charge of a magazine like Popular Science is that a lot of doors are open to me.
On Monday, Baumgartner will attempt a record-breaking skydive from 23 miles up. Can he pull it off? And is it just a stunt, or does it stand to benefit science?
Alternatively, a mature cell from an adult mouse can be reprogrammed; this step causes the mature cell to revert to an embryonic-like state that can then be coaxed into becoming a sperm or egg.
Imagine a clock that will keep perfect time forever, even after the heat-death of the universe.
An team of scientists, led by Joachim Reichert, Johannes Barth, and Alexander Holleitner (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Clusters of Excellence MAP and NIM), and Itai Carmeli (Tel Aviv University) developed a method to measure photocurrents of a s
What kinds of gear will be needed by future firefighters, EMTs, and cops?
can be said that we are not remembering what originally happened, but rather what we remembered the last time we thought about what happened.