This 10,000-rpm, no-pulse artificial heart doesn't resemble an organic heart--and might be all the better for it
Today’s quantum computers are no more than experiments. Researchers can string a handful of quantum bits — seemingly magical bits store a “1″ and “0″ at the same time — and these ephemeral creations can run relatively simple algorithms.
Nevada drivers might be seeing a new sight on the roads in the coming months. That state is the first to officially approve self-driving cars to use public roads. This is a necessary first step for Google’s autonomous vehicles to move forward, but ot
It sounds like a particularly suspicious late-night infomercial: Spray your way to a better wireless signal! Improve your range! Save battery! Transmit over great distances under water! But Chamtech's spray-on antenna is a real product with some im
Eric Giler points a remote control and three lamps instantly light up and a tablet computer starts charging. The funny thing is, the devices all sit several feet away from the black pad, which provides power, and aren't plugged in.
Last week we revealed our annual Silicon Valley 100 list of people doing the coolest things in tech.
Ross Technology Corp. needed a better way to reduce corrosion on the steel products. When they couldn't find a suitable one, they worked on creating something on their own.
Whenever I pick up a package of frozen raw meat from the grocery store, I wonder, “Has this been frozen the whole time? How many times did it thaw and re-freeze?” It’s a disquieting thought, especially because there’s currently no easy way to tell.
The U.S. Military is seemingly always looking for a better technology, a better way for our troops. Announcing a new airless tire. I got a hold of some actual pictures in a South Carolina plant.
The tools for safely disposing of explosive threats like improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have come a long way over the last decade, but one rule of explosives ordnance disposal (EOD) holds fast regardless of how much technology you throw at it:
The science of stealth has long been a matter of fading into already obscure environments. But engineers are now developing materials that could hide anything in plain sight. Instead of bending light inward, like water and glass do.
If cleaning carbon dioxide from the atmosphere was easy, we’d already be doing it. But carbon capture has proven to be a tough technology to feasibly roll out on a grand scale, and that means all the things we do that produce carbon dioxide emission
Scientists said Thursday they have designed tiny wires, 10,000 times thinner than a human hair but with the same electrical capacity as copper, in a major step toward building smaller, more potent computers.
It just might be the most convoluted spy program in the Pentagon’s history: Fly a balloon up to 60,000 feet, and have it unleash a drone. Then, have that drone deploy several smaller surveillance drones that glide to the ground and collect data.
Computerized sleeves may soon allow manufacturing bosses to monitor and record workers’ moves and mine them for efficiency data.
Holographic video is sort of the holy grail of video display technology right now. Stereoscopic 3-D is fine and everything, but it basically works by tricking the brain into seeing that 3-D depth via two offset 2-D images
Eos Energy Storage says its zinc-air battery can store energy to meet peak power needs for less.
Working under the open sky -- it sounds enticing, but it's seldom practical option. Now, a dynamic luminous ceiling brings the sky into office spaces by creating the effect of passing clouds. This lighting generates a pleasant working environment.
For animals and animal-inspired machines, launching into flight takes lots of energy. Some animals have evolved to achieve air not by accelerating and lifting off, but by jumping and then using their wings or flaps of skin to glide
Bruno Zamborlin collaborated with Norbert Schnell to use a contact microphone connected to a system that processes sound in real time to turn any rigid surface into a touch interface. There's no way to explain it adequately in words, so just watch th
Startup Natcore says its process could reduce costs and enable new nanostructured designs.
As our cars become networked—to the Internet and to one another—new trends in technology and society will redefine transportation. What's certain: tomorrow's automobiles will provide experiences that go well beyond driving.
Surprising successes helped offset disappointing failures in solar, biofuels, and nuclear power.
A collection of weird and wonderful devices designed to harvest energy from the ocean.
I often think that the smartphone is the Swiss Army knife of the digital age -- my iPhone springs forth apps much in the way that that iconic red multi-tool springs forth scissors, nail files, and blades.
Why? Contour Crafting is a construction technology that potentially reduces energy use and emissions by using a rapid-prototype or 3-D printing process to fabricate large components. Comprised of robotic arms and extrusion nozzles, a computer-control
The stuff of shrimp shells and exoskeletons makes for a strong, light, and biodegradeable replacement for plastics
The brewing solar trade war between the United States and China sullies what should be a triumphant moment in the global photovoltaic (PV) industry: the arrival of affordable solar electricity.
The system records 0.6 trillion frames a second—good enough to follow the path of a laser beam as it bounces off objects.
A manufacturing method that uses light instead of heat wastes less energy and makes the cells more efficient.