innovation & technology
Facebook makes its initial public offering on Friday, with signs pointing to a $100 billion value and potentially more demand than supply. But once the IPO has passed, there are questions about just how innovative Facebook can remain, and how qualified Mark Zuckerberg is to lead a multi-billion dollar company.
Unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as 'drones' may become a regular part of everyday life in the United States. President Barack Obama has reauthorized funding and requested new regulations permitting and overseeing the development of domestic drone technologies.
The Lemelson MIT Prize recognizes inventors whose designs improve lives. This year's winner, Ashok Gadgil, helped bring light to 100 million people in the developing world, designed fuel-efficient cook stoves and created a simple way to purify water.
Researchers in South Korea are field-testing what is believed to be the first robotic, autonomous prison guard. Built in South Korea, the creation will monitor, analyze and report behavior that could be dangerous to the health, welfare and safety of prisoners and prisons themselves.
Groupon was one of the fastest growing Internet companies ever. But the image was tarnish, especially when the online coupon giant came forward with financial reports revealing it had overstated its revenue. Now investors are wondering how long the Groupon model will last.
The hot photo-sharing app Instagram has been purchased by Facebook, the largest social network on the Internet, for $1 billion in cash and stock, the two companies announced on Monday.
Google's making waves in the tech space with its unveiling of Project Glass, an effort to build augmented reality glasses, voice controlled, that could allow people to get more information about the world they're seeing in front of them.
Professor Sara Seager is certain life has evolved on another planet. Seager, a planetary scientist and astrophysicist at M.I.T., is one of the leaders of the hunt for new planets that demonstrate evidence of life.
Last week, astronomers based in the Atacama desert in Chile released the widest deep view of the sky ever made using infrared light. The image reveals more than 200,000 galaxies and offers viewers a chance to look back in time to the early years of the universe.
Two environmentalists, professor Lian Pin Koh and Dr. Serge Wich developed the conservation drone 1.0, an unmanned aircraft strapped with a camera. The drone flies itself after having its destination programmed and takes pictures of tropical forests in an effort to spot suspicious activity and prevent habitat destruction and other problematic illegal activities in tropical forests.