Innovation

technology
The Abstract Podcast

Nickel and robotic fabric: The building blocks of the future

In this episode, we explain how the most basic materials could revolutionize daily life.

Reboot Camp

10 weird technologies the military is testing

Innovation

A smart clock saved my mental health at night. Can its successor?

"Doomscrolling" is killing us! This clock can help.

The Superhero Issue

How real-life technology is catching up to Iron Man's heart

Tony Stark's Arc Reactor is one of the most iconic pieces of tech in the MCU.

suited and booted

Robot fabric could solve the most annoying part of camping

It's time to expand our idea of what fabric can do, a new Yale study says.

cool down

Self-cooling microchip provides a tiny solution to a giant problem

Microchips are now more chill than ever.

Unhackable

Could an entire city run on a quantum network? A new study says yes

Quantum technology is known for being incredibly small complicated. A new method has simplified things, a lot.

Bug buzz

4 ways insects are inspiring the future of robotics

When it comes to flying and vision, pests still do it best.

Fly my pretties

New photos show the Air Force's hunt for a flying car is getting weird

The Hexa, designed by a Texas company, was snapped flying for military leaders as part of a US government-sponsored competition.

tick tock

Time crystal discovery could change the future of quantum computing

Researchers observed the interaction of a strange state of matter for the first time.

get physical

5 lesser-known states of matter that may shape the future

dancing queen

Video: A mesmerizing "blue whirl" could change the future of fossil fuels

This new type of flame has big potential for low-emission combustion.

Cities
Innovation

7 strategies for creating the ideal city of the future

From quantum level to walking paths, here are the ways cities can grow.

Far From Food

"Food miles" map shows how easy it is to eat locally, depending on where you live

A new study pinpoints the best American regions for eating locally.

Tweet tweet

4 wild ways birds have evolved to live alongside humans

Science

New study proposes a mathematical solution to big cities' inequality problem

Building a better city starts with looking at who has access to what, and why. A new mathematical framework could help.

Science

Extreme heat study reveals which US cities are most vulnerable

In a new study, Atlanta, Georgia makes two unfortunate lists.

Science

Better urban biodiversity can't happen without fighting racism, researchers say

Chances are environmental racism is happening in your city.

Science

Are the Earth’s magnetic poles about to swap places? Strange anomaly gives reassuring clue

Deep inside the Earth, liquid iron is flowing and generating the Earth’s magnetic field.

Culture

Wooden skyscrapers could transform construction

Bug Bites

How mosquitos got their taste for human blood — study

Two major factors make human blood extra appealing.

Gee-Whiz!

The 2020s: 20 science and tech predictions for the decade

Here's what the future really could look like.

Science

The South Pole is warming faster than the rest of the world — study

road tripping

The future of travel, according to the past

robots
Trust in me

How snake heat vision is being used to transform robotics

Cracking this secret snake code could be the future of efficient technology.

apprenticeship

Robots might take over this essential human form of expression

They're preparing for their big debut.

Remote Momentum

How one company learned robots can be used for good in a blue-collar industry

“Ultimately, it evolves the worker's job, but does not eliminate their employment.”

TEAM PLAYER

Robots and humans can work together to master an ancient sport

Curly the robot has defeated top curling teams. But the sport could offer a prime opportunity to bring people and robots together.

new horizons

Every detail you need to know about Horizon Forbidden West

Alloy's next adventure is just over the...horizon.

Bug buzz

4 ways insects are inspiring the future of robotics

When it comes to flying and vision, pests still do it best.

Culture

Scientist warns a new sci-fi novel challenges how we think about robots

Novel Little Eyes is earning critical acclaim. But a roboticist says the book reveals the dire consequences of bugs in the system.

Creepy crawlies

This ultra-tiny robot army wants to crawl around inside you

Researchers have designed robots that could scale with Moore's Law.

New Pioneers

Nadya Peek creates machines that can make (almost) anything

“If I want something to happen, I’ll just sit down and make it work, no matter what.”

robot apocalypse

2035's biggest A.I. threat is already here

The robot apocalypse has more to do with us than technology.

Innovation

7 AI threats worth worrying about

sports science

Olympics Flashbacks: The science of robot refs and why they still suck

Robots could change the way we play sports, but should they?

All stories
Innovation

Musk Reads: Tesla fans react to full self-driving beta

Full self-driving beta hits the road and Tesla steps further into the energy market. How green is the electric car?

Innovation

Lunar base: how NASA's moon water discovery could support human habitats

Finding water on the Moon could be the key to humans venturing further into the solar system, too.

The Abstract Podcast

Nickel and robotic fabric: The building blocks of the future

In this episode, we explain how the most basic materials could revolutionize daily life.

Innovation

SpaceX Starlink price: Elon Musk's space internet gets a price tag

SpaceX's internet connectivity constellation Starlink may have a price point lined up.

welcome to hell

MIT designs a heated copper-mesh mask that's apocalypse-ready

Innovation

Musk Reads: SpaceX Starlink set to connect students

SpaceX hails its 100th successful launch and Starship spotted with a NASA logo. Why have there been so many delays?

pit stop

SpaceX Mars city: 4 stunning concept images show planet’s fuel station

Air Company has produced a series of concept images showing what the refuel station for Mars' rockets could look like.

chill out

wearable device slurps sweat to detect crucial information about your health

Your B.O. may hold scientific secrets.

cleared for take off

Tesla electric plane: Elon Musk hints at ambitious plan to create a jet

Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in on the future of aviation, hinting at his plans to build an electric jet.

Innovation

It turns out these 34 genius products make life WAY easier

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

Shopping

21 cool car gadgets that make driving SO much better

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

Sky's the limit

How the UK is quietly disrupting the space industry

Away from the limelight, the United Kingdom is slowly building up a new empire on which the Sun never sets.