An unexpected payoff.
It takes 1,000 years for a typical silicon wafer to dissolve in a bucket of water.
60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
Mark Changizi and Tim Barber turned research on human vision and blood flow into colorblindness-correcting glasses you can buy on Amazon. Here's how they did it.
Nearly a decade ago, NASA built an Earth-monitoring satellite that could have observed global warming in action. Then the agency stashed it in a warehouse in Maryland, where it remains to this day.
The next big thing in alternative energy: your body. Wasted energy from your movements may not be enough to power your house, but it will be charging your cellphone and more within the next decade
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
In the escalating arms race between battery power and consumption, The Cells are losing to The Gadgetsâ€”Big time. Question is, can the chemists catch up to the engineers?
Looking for a source of rare earths? Try your stash of old cellphones
New systems will use your cell phone to tell if your food is fresh
Metaphors for understanding the mind
A machine eats, digests, andâ€”well, you knowâ€”all in the name of art. It's amazing, but it ain't pretty.
In DIY science, eBay offers amazing access to gear, supplies, chemicals--a whole universe beyond Pez dispensers.
Over 3,000 compounds isolated in largest urinalysis ever
Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.