innovation & technology
Austin, Texas, this week became second U.S. community to be chosen to receive Google Fiber. In Austin, people are excited about the potential for innovation and to bridge the digital access divide. But an academic in Kansas City, where Google Fiber started, says their experience has been different.
Researchers at Brown University are putting people to sleep -- in the name of research. They're trying to determine what people dream, and what it means, by subjecting people to MRI scans as they dream, and then waking them up and asking what they were dreaming about.
Peugeot's hoping to revolutionize the hybrid car market with a little bit of air. Rather than storing energy in a complex system of batteries, Peugeot is building a car that will store energy in an air tank. And they're seeing strong results in fuel savings.
The U.S. federal courts are being forced to apply 1976 law to modern digital innovations. With respect to two new digital services, judges took two different paths, ruling one was compliant with federal copyright law, while another was not.
Scientists from the European Space Agency's Planck Surveyor satellite have mapped cosmic imprints from the earliest moments in the universe. The findings help explain what the universe was like seconds after the Big Bang.
A group of panelists at this year's South by Southwest interactive media conference in Austin, Texas, presented an idea to improve the U.S. prison system with smart phone technology. One of the attendees says the idea could reduce the levels of recidivism among low-level criminals.
Though people are capable of telling a lot of lies, it's often difficult to tell when others are the ones stretching the truth. A group of engineers have developed a lie-detecting kiosk that uses facial landmarks to detect deception. The technology could become the newest form of border security.
Scientists and those without a science background are finding creativity through collaboration at Science Hack Day events all over the world. But for some participants, these events are impacting their professional careers in unimaginable ways.
A 3-dimensional printer has aided a group of bioengineers in creating a life-like human ear, which could revolutionize bioengineering. But the possibilities stretch far and wide, with one start-up creating 3-D printer for the public it hopes will encourage creativity.
A detailed report from an American computer security firm links members of a sophisticated Chinese cyber hacking group to the Chinese military. Chinese officials have rejected any allegations of involvement, but U.S. authorities are hoping China's new leaders will take a new path.