Next-generation automotive safety technology could give us vehicles that are difficult to crash—and eventually may not need drivers at all
Getting a bigger chill out of polymers that respond to electric fields
Scientific American editor Steven Ashley test drives a car that may be the future of automotive transportation--if cost, technology and infrastructure problems can be resolved
New technology can integrate useful virtual information with the real world
SciAm takes a look at new products, from environmentally friendly suede jackets to biodegradable toilet paper
Night-vision cameras, biometric sensors and other gadgets already give snoops access to private spaces. Coming soon: palm-size "bug-bots"
Baby steps for making solar as cheap as coal power
I have a biking nemesis: During my regular rides around the six-mile outer loop of New York’s Central Park, the big hill at the north (uptown) end of the park invariably sucks the very life out of my aging legs...
Recent investigations by physicists at the University of Maryland indicate that grapheneâ€”one-atom-thick sheets of carbonâ€”could one day supplant silicon as the material of choice for important applications such as high-speed computer chips and biochemical sensors...
Firms seek greener ethanol from wood chips and agricultural waste
Government puts the kibosh on plans for so-called FutureGen facility
Novel motion-producing devices--actuators, motors, generators--based on polymers that change shape when stimulated electrically are reaching commercialization.
Craig Covault, one of the nation's top aviation/space journalists, recently published a story in Aviation Week and Space Technology that describes a lobbying campaign by influential members of the space community who are pushing for NASA to forgo returning humans to the Moon in favor of traveling to the asteroids or the Lagrangian points, where the Sun's and the Earth's gravity cancel out so that space platforms could park there over the long term...
Plasma antennas disappear when shut off
Engineers make progress toward new green fuels and energy storage devices
Zeptoliter pipettes and quantum rulers give new meaning to the word "small"
Nazi-era weapons lead to fuel-stingy aircraft engines
Replacing aluminum with copper in electric motors saves energy