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Innovations: November, 2013

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 11/27/2013

What’s Thanksgiving like in space? Lots of of dehydrated green bean casserole.

You haven’t lived till you’ve celebrated on the International Space Station. Two astronauts tell us how.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:31 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Black Friday will never be the same. Here’s how technology is changing shopping.

Brick-and-mortar stores aren’t dead yet. The race to enhance shopping with smartphones is on.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:39 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/27/2013

What innovators can learn from the first Thanksgiving

Constraints can be the basis for innovation to flourish in places where you least expect it.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:01 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s edition has Lara Logan, Obamacare, Pope Francis and a vile Trayvon Martin tweet.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:59 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 11/26/2013

For $295, this basketball will tell you that your jump shot stinks

The 94Fifty uses sensors to communicate with your iPhone and provide feedback on your skills.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:49 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Bill Gates’s favorite author on why American innovation is in trouble

Bill Gates’s favorite author explains why outsourced manufacturing is a threat to the United States.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:36 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday’s edition includes Obamacare, George Zimmerman, and a man fined $202,000 for failing to pay tolls.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:09 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/26/2013

We’ve failed on immigration reform. Here are five ways to get back on track.

America’s failure to fix immigration means the country is bleeding competitiveness.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Ohio State marching band does it again

The group, which has reinvented the halftime show, put on another memorable performance.

By Matt McFarland  |  01:15 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Hydrogen-powered cars? Get excited.

Electric cars have dominated the recent discussion of auto innovations, but fuel cells deserve attention too.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:28 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Meet the flying machine that was inspired by a jellyfish

A mathematician is developing a flying machine that’s based off the movement of jellyfish.

By Max Ehrenfreund  |  08:20 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Pharrell and Bob Dylan’s attempts to reinvent the music video fall flat

Soon the music video will be reinvented. But Bob Dylan and Pharrell won’t be the ones doing it.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:19 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes Obamacare, the Iran nuclear deal and Liz Cheney vs. Mike Enzi.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:53 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Repairing an airplane engine on a tight budget might become a lot easier

Cold spray technology may make it possible to repair massive machine parts that had to be replaced in the past.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:24 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Friday’s edition includes praise for Harry Reid and talk of cell phone use on planes.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 11/22/2013

The rapid rise and fall of daily deal Web sites

Daily deal Web sites rose fast during an irrational frenzy. Now merchants have wizened up.

By Rakesh Agrawal  |  08:13 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Google’s stores are a lame challenge to the magic of Apple’s retail stores.

Instead of pushing the concept of retail forward, Google has copied Apple’s popular stores.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:43 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 11/21/2013

The soccer ball that helps kids in underdeveloped areas finish homework

The Soccket tackles the lack of electricity in some areas by using the rotation of the ball to power a generator.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:51 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Thursday’s edition includes Trey Radel, criticism of the Republican party and tension over a growing D.C. neighborhood.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:20 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Implanting jewelry in your eye: When being ‘unique’ goes too far.

A woman had a heart-shaped piece of platinum embedded in her eye.

By Matt McFarland  |  01:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Arlington National Cemetery debated allowing QR codes on tombstones. Does technology belong in cemeteries?

The barcodes are a way to learn more about the deceased, but Arlington National Cemetery isn’t joining the trend.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:58 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s edition includes George Zimmerman, talk of drug testing for Congress and a look back at the 2012 election.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:10 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 11/19/2013

In the battle for smartphone supremacy, size doesn’t matter. Shape does.

Forget screen size. What matters now in the smartphone wars is the shape of the device.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:21 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 11/19/2013

The slap bracelet of the 21st century: Now with a hug feature

The slap bracelet TapTap sends a vibrating signal to another person wearing it.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:37 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday’s edition features the Cheney sisters, Elizabeth Warren and George Zimmerman.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 11/18/2013

NASA to launch MAVEN on its way to Mars (Video)

NASA is expected to launch the MAVEN spacecraft Monday for a mission to understand the atmosphere of Mars.

By Matt McFarland  |  12:54 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Coin’s warm reception proves the George Costanza wallet must die

There’s been plenty of buzz over the card that aims to replace your credit cards, but its drawbacks need to be addressed.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:55 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes Obamacare, controversy over white suburban moms and older D.C. residents feeling ignored.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:34 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 11/15/2013

The future of work is rich in technology and drawbacks

Video conferences will happen from home and companies will monitor employees’ health with wristbands.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  09:31 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 11/15/2013

The technology that helps band kids in rural Nebraska unlock their potential

Students in rural Nebraska are unlocking their musical talents thank to online video lessons with teachers in Manhattan.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:54 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Friday’s edition includes the health-care law, reclining airplane seats and taking a job in an ex-girlfriend’s home town.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:42 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/15/2013

The benefits of partnerships between Silicon Valley and government agencies

U.S. government agencies would benefit from teaming up with tech companies. Here are some promising potential combinations.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Snapchat’s 23-year-old CEO was smart to turn down a $3 billion offer

Its 23-year-old founder deserves praise for having the strength to turn down a $3 billion offer from Facebook.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:03 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Sports fans aside, it’s time to dump your cable provider

With half of your cable bill going to pay for sports programming, there’s no point in sticking around.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:53 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Thursday’s edition includes Obamacare, Fox News medical “experts” and the challenges of leaving a bad relationship.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:51 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Red Cross joins with Facebook to raise funds for the Philippines

Facebook users in the United States will see a message atop their news feed encouraging them to donate.

By Matt McFarland  |  03:20 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Bill Gates: ‘The pace of innovation today is faster than ever.’

Bill Gates says in Wired Magazine that today’s pace of innovation is faster than ever.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:47 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 11/13/2013

10 companies that could become the next big Internet IPO after Twitter

Here are 10 companies that are changing the way we live, and could be the next tech company to grab the IPO spotlight.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:09 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s edition includes Tina Turner, abortion in Oklahoma and Obamacare.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:52 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 11/12/2013

The beautiful Saturn photo that makes the Earth look like a tiny dot

NASA releases a stunning image of Saturn that show its remarkable rings and makes Earth look small.

By Matt McFarland  |  04:17 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Space

Posted at 03:45 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Emojis: Silly teenage fad or frontier of modern communication?

Whether you want to connect with a teen, or mock younger generations, you need to be up to speed on emojis.

By Matt McFarland  |  03:45 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 03:12 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday’s edition includes Typhoon Haiyan, a 60 Minutes apology and the Virginia attorney general race.

By Matt McFarland  |  03:12 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 11/11/2013

The oral thermometer that taps into the brilliance of smartphones and big data

Kinsa plugs into your smartphone and powers an app that shares data to keep everyone healthier.

By Matt McFarland  |  12:04 PM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes Obamacare, Ted Cruz and the challenges of eating well on a food-stamp diet.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:39 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Air bags for cyclists, an outspoken alarm clock and more

FREAK-FILLED FRIDAY | The latest new and odd news including air bags for bikes and a bus you control.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:16 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/08/2013

If patent trolls are the new tech rock stars, that’s a problem

With tablet and smartphone sales slowing down in the United States, tech companies see a chance to make money off patents.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:01 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Friday’s edition includes Ken Cuccinelli, Rachel Maddow and what it’s like to renew a friendship after terminal cancer arrives.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:24 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Twitter’s genius: Five things that made it worth billions

Twitter has never turned a profit, but is worth billions. Here’s why not to scoff at the company’s value.

By Matt McFarland  |  11:13 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Dark matter: What we know and why you should care

The next frontier in science is finding something that we know exists, but can’t see, smell or touch. That’s dark matter.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:33 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space, Technology

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Thursday’s edition includes includes Ken Cuccinelli, drama after a parent’s death, and commentary on the hair of New York’s first family.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:05 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 11/06/2013

The rational case for blowing $129 on a smoke detector

Cellphones were cheap until the iPhone came along. With the Nest Protect, expensive but life-changing appliances are arriving.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:08 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s edition includes the Virginia governor’s race, Fox News and mother-daughter issues at a wedding.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:35 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 11/05/2013

When will cybersecurity become a major campaign issue?

Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common. Politicians and voters would be wise to focus on the issue before a “Cyber Pearl Harbor.“

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:28 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday’s edition includes talk of tax policy, Obamacare and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:44 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Ohio State’s marching band revolutionized halftime shows. Here’s how.

The university’s marching band took its halftime shows to the next level -- and gained YouTube fame -- with the help of an iPad app.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:31 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Nilla Wafers want to be your friend, then make you a customer

The vanilla wafers -- for sale for years -- have seen an uptick in sales following a campaign to connect with customers via Facebook and Twitter.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes HealthCare.gov, Mitt Romney and how to juggle the busy schedules of three families.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:38 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Solar-powered computers, lasers on drones and more

FREAK-FILLED FRIDAY | The latest new and odd developments, including solar-powered Apple products, ankle bracelets that eavesdrop and drones firing lasers.

By Matt McFarland  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Google -- not Goldman Sachs -- deserves our best minds

If we care about the future of humanity, we must send our best young minds to Silicon Valley, not the financial sector.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  08:53 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the past 24 hours

This Friday’s edition features a broad mix of topics including the tea party, NFL star Robert Griffin III and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:33 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

 

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