The Innovation Issue
Innovators across technology, architecture, and entertainment are reimagining our world. The challenge? To design a future that is as beautiful and enticing as it is sustainable and adaptable.
Inside the Issue
The Best Air Purifiers May Be Made From 2 Unusual Houseplants
They might not be as pretty as a monkey plant, but they are (technically) a lot more interesting.
Mushrooms Are the Future of Design — These 3 Luxurious Uses Prove It
When it comes to sustainable design, one material has the edge.
One Urban Design Fix Could Make City Dwellers Happier and Healthier
The cities of the future are going green.
We Assembled the Teched-Out Playroom of Your Dreams
Welcome to a futuristic, insanely fun entertainment space full of shape-shifting TVs, VR treadmills, and drink-fetching robots.
Inside the Existential Struggle to Make a Perfect Paper Drinking Straw
Designed for strength and decomposition, paper straws are full of inherent contradictions.
To Live on Mars, Human Architecture Has to Combine Science and Sci-Fi
How The New Lexus Powertrains Are Redefining Transportation In An Electrified World
Is There a Best Way to Think About the Future of Earth?
The optimal way to think about the future may not be as long-term as you think.
New High-Tech Alloy Could Enable Nuclear Space Travel
The new alloy is durable to even extreme heat stress.
Can Ocean Waves Power the Grid? New Technology is Bringing Us Closer Than Ever
Scientists Broke a Major Computer Design Barrier — And It Could Change Tech As We Know It
New chip instructions could hasten the arrival of quantum computers and self-driving cars.
Architects Want to Print the Buildings of the Future
It’s the biggest shift in the industry since the rise of skyscrapers.
This Surprisingly Basic Technology Might Finally Rid Our Drinking Water of Microplastics
The future of water purification sounds great.
European Countries Are Racing Toward the Continent's First Satellite Launch
Norway, Sweden, and Scotland are entering the space race with their own launch pads. But only one will be first.
Scientists Just Found a Way to Make Living on Mars Easier
Mars is a long way from Earth, making it challenging to communicate with.
One Overlooked Office Design Trick Could Make You Happier at Work
Office spaces can boost mental health — if they’re designed right.
This Robotic Exoskeleton Could Give You Superhuman Balance
They could help older people or individuals with disabilities avoid dangerous falls.
New Nuclear Fission Concept Could Power Future Rockets in Space
Besides the typical argument between solar sails and chemical propulsion lies a potential third way.
Astronomers Design a Futuristic Telescope Concept To Find Far-Off Earths
Scientists could finally send more powerful mirrors to space to hunt for exoplanets.
These 5 futuristic tech ideas could help us explore distant worlds
From the Moon to Pluto, these innovations could solve huge mysteries about our universe.
In a wild first, physicists used lasers to control lightning on a mountaintop
The car-sized laser can shoot up to 1,000 pulses per second.
A 2,000-year-old Roman engineering secret could make today’s buildings greener
This ancient innovation could make help modern concrete last.
Here are the 5 biggest innovations to expect in 2023
Cheap EVs, new mRNA jabs, wind farm wins, and more.