innovation & technology
Millions of dollars have been generated for creative projects through Kickstarter. But not all projects that meet their fundraising goals are successfully brought to completion. And that can sometimes lead to headaches, hurt feelings, or worse.
Huawei is one of the biggest tech companies you've largely heard little about. That's in no small part because the company has been largely blocked from moving into the U.S. market in any major way, because of security concerns. But the company is already here, in ways not readily seen.
A New York-based design team has created a line of clothing that hides the wearer from airborne thermal imaging, with drones particularly in mind. The design team behind the clothing is hoping its art and design project will help promote discussions about the high price of privacy.
Unmanned aerial vehicles have become popular tools in America's wars, but that technology is working its way back stateside. Already, there are a few domestic uses of drones, mostly by law enforcement and the military. But manufacturers have much bigger ideas in mind.
In his inaugural address on Monday, President Barack Obama spoke of America's need for renewable energy. But with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's recent approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama is faced with a new front in the ongoing energy debate.
Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh want their daughter to learn to speak Chinese. They moved to New York from Singapore, so it's important to them that their daughter reflect both American and Chinese cultures. So they created the Dim Sum Warriors to do just that.
Reoccurring problems with the lithium ion batteries used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have led to ongoing safety concerns. And with many engineers due to retire from the company, there's concern that American students won't be able to fill those spots.
As we ring in 2013, it's worth taking a moment to look back on 2012. These stories were the most popular on PRI.org this year — and they run the gamut. From animals to weird science, the PRI.org audience proved, again, they you all go for variety.
Sierra Leone could become the next hub of innovation. In an effort to encourage more innovation among young people there, a Massachusetts Insitute of Technology doctoral student set up a contest in his home country. And one of the contest's finalists is already making a positive impression at MIT.
We're intimately familiar with the five basic senses: sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. But what if there were a sixth, or seventh? An English scientist is trying to research how technology can give us additional senses.