Listen to the radio piece to learn about “slacktivism,” or supporting a cause simply by “liking” it on social media, and how experts suggest turning it into real activism.
Robotics may seem to owe little to nature and everything to technology. But engineers have used the actions of social insects to guide the movements of robots that are not directly controlled by humans. Read this article to discover what robots can learn from ants.
“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for,” said Alexander Fleming, whose chance observation of a contaminated experiment led to the the world’s first antibiotic. This Smithsonian article discusses inventions and discoveries that centered on a flash of insight in a mind prepared to see what it wasn’t looking for.
Half a century ago, fallout shelters were everywhere. One of these well-stocked little bunkers, meant to protect people from the fallout of an atomic bomb, is now part of history.
In this article, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee discuss the second machine age, in which artificial intelligence and the ability of most people to access online resources will come together to create new innovations.
Can you imagine a world where humans aren’t reliant on fossil fuels? Such a thing may seem impossible, but Christiana Figueres believes this ambitious goal is not only possible, but within reach.
The aquanauts at the Florida International University Aquarius research laboratory, an underwater lab, are working to save the world’s oceans. Watch a video about the importance of their work.
This article outlines both the risky and the thoughtful genetic research currently happening outside federal regulations.
Teenagers who have already achieved success in the business world share their future goals and the best advice they’ve ever received.
Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that is capable of identifying objects using a combination of sight and touch. Read to find out more about this new technology.
Listen to Richard Turere—a young inventor who saved his Maasai community by effectively scaring away lions.
The effect of technology use on teenagers’ moods and behaviors is a widely-debated issue. But what are the risks of screen time? This article points to a study that attempts to set the record straight.
In the search for space-worthy necessities, NASA has also discovered technologies helpful for life on Earth. Watch the video for a look at everyday items inspired by NASA.
Our world demands more and more from technology, but could it ultimately be dangerous? Watch the video and decide for yourself.
People with disabilities often feel empowered when playing video games.
Read how having technology that makes cars safer sometimes makes drivers less attentive to the road.
While robots and artificial intelligence may seem like recent concepts, some argue that those ideas originated in ancient Greece.
Ice stupas are artificially engineered glaciers meant to inspire innovative thinking in response to climate change.
Watch a video of a tribute celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The Washington Monument transforms into a movie screen depicting various stages of the mission.
How can large earthquakes set off many smaller ones? Read on to learn more about the aftereffects of earthquakes.