innovation & technology
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.
In what was a highly anticipated announcement, Apple announced that it would be reducing — or at least stemming the growth — in its cash accounts by doing what most investment experts said they would do: issue a regular dividend and buy back shares. Some of Apple's fans had hoped for a big move, like purchasing a company or unveiling some new product.
Kickstarter, the crowd-funding platform that collects donations for creative projects of all kinds, contributed $67 million to arts projects in 2011. According a Kickstarter founder, the site is on track to distribute more money to the arts in 2012 than the National Endowment for the Arts.
PRI's Multi-Touch book for iPad is the first from public media
This article was edited to reflect new information about Mike Daisey, the critic who star in The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.
Pavegen, a British company, says its designed a system to produce floor tiles that will take the energy produced by people walking and convert it into electricity. Now, the company is trying to figure out scaling, and how to make sure they're durable.
At Middlesex University in London, a senior design student has built a smartphone out of wood. He's ramping up efforts to get the product produced on a mass scale and hopes to launch it by the end of this year.
Neil Harbisson is a color-blind artist. But, rather than limiting his art to shades of gray, he's turned to technology to help him develop the ability to hear the colors that he cannot see.
The FAA has been charged with coming up, by 2015, with rules for how drones can be used for government and commercial operations domestically. But safety and privacy concerns are pressing issues.