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
hyped up

Virgin Hyperloop: First passenger says ‘zippy’ ride felt like ‘science fiction’

“I really had this split second thought that maybe I was going to flicker out of visibility and reappear somewhere else entirely."

Recycle 4 real

We're drowning in a sea of plastic. A new process could be a life preserver

Before you put your grocery bags into the recycling, read this.

tree hugging

To reduce pollution pockets, Los Angeles is using A.I. from Google

Innovation

Rivian’s next electric cars could follow a Tesla-like path to success

Rivian plans to launch the R1T and R1S soon, but it's already looking further ahead.

Waymo Than Cars

Autonomous cars: Waymo leader teases 'endless opportunities' beyond taxis

Juan Pablo Soulier explained how Waymo's technology could move beyond just ferrying people around.

Lucid Dreams

Lucid Motors CEO reveals the surprising similarity to Tesla Model S launch

Peter Rawlinson, the former chief engineer on the Tesla Model S, is about to make a new leap in the world of electric cars.

Innovation

Tesla electric VTOL: Elon Musk teases the electric jet

In response to a fan question, Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in on whether an electric plane is on the cards.

Innovation

Virgin Hyperloop: first two passengers ride in historic test

Two passengers have successfully completed the first-ever ride in a hyperloop tube.

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.

robots
water's fine

Researchers are bugging the deep ocean to save this elusive sea creature

Anyone down there?

piano man

Game-like feedback could level up expert pianists

Armed with new technology, pianists have a better way to practice.

life like

This sticky spray can create biomedical robots on demand

It's alive (kinda)!

glow up

Super stretchy robots could provide superhuman sensing

This tech will light up biomedicine.

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.

All stories
Inverse Daily

Here's why space messes your body up

Because so few people have been to space, little is known about the true extent of space health conditions or what drives them in the body. Until now.

Supercharged

Musk Reads: Tesla gets a battery range boost

Full self-driving set for a boost and Musk teases new cars. Which countries are bringing in gas car sales bans?

drink up

Scientists uncover billions of gallons of hidden fresh water off Hawai'i

Who's thirsty?

water's fine

Researchers are bugging the deep ocean to save this elusive sea creature

Anyone down there?

Star Power

SpaceX Starship: watch incredible static fire ahead of 20-kilometer jump

If SpaceX pulls off this test, it will be a giant leap for the spacefaring company.

Charging Up

Elon Musk teases Tesla cars beyond Cybertruck and Roadster

Tesla has a full lineup of cars still waiting to hit the roads, but Musk is already looking to the future.

hyped up

Virgin Hyperloop: First passenger says ‘zippy’ ride felt like ‘science fiction’

“I really had this split second thought that maybe I was going to flicker out of visibility and reappear somewhere else entirely."

Link Up

Musk Reads: SpaceX Starlink will get a much-needed feature

Werner Herzog criticizes Musk and SpaceX prepares to break a rocket reusability record. What’s next for Crew Dragon?

good trip

Old drugs found in California cave rewrite Native history

This is an "unambiguous confirmation."

Star Gazing

SpaceX: how to see Starlink this week in London, New York, Los Angeles

SpaceX's internet connectivity constellation is making its way across the sky.

lucky number 7

SpaceX is about to break an incredible record for rocket reusability

Elon Musk's spacefaring firm will raise the bar with its Falcon 9.

Recycle 4 real

We're drowning in a sea of plastic. A new process could be a life preserver

Before you put your grocery bags into the recycling, read this.