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Innovations: April, 2014

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 04/30/2014

Five reasons to be worried about the future of American innovation

Leaders of our research institutes explain why they’re concerned about the future of U.S. innovation.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:46 AM ET, 04/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 04/30/2014

The quest to make a computer chip that’s as energy efficient as your brain

Researchers have created a powerful circuit board that is modeled after the functions of the brain.

By Abby Phillip  |  08:40 AM ET, 04/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/29/2014

Microsoft wisely hops on the moonshot bandwagon

To earn the love of investors and customers, make sure your company chases big, crazy ideas.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 04/29/2014

Why you should care about the mobile Web’s advertising problem

Advertising is ruining the mobile Web experience. This is why you should care.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:55 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Yes, Google’s self-driving car will sometimes run yellow lights

Google’s self-driving car now identifies cyclists’ hand signals and runs yellow lights if it’s safer.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:04 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 04/28/2014

The exponential progress of technology, in one tweet

Here’s a reminder of just how far technology has come in a short period of time.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:42 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Social Media, Technology

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Here’s what it actually takes to make it as an entrepreneur

The stereotypical idea of launching a wildly successful company couldn’t be farther from the truth.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  07:51 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 04/25/2014

Larry Page’s quest for creative destruction

A story highlights some of what the Google chief executive has tried to eliminate over the years.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:05 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Why you should dress like a zebra when surfing

A man explains the clever wet suits he designed to deter shark attacks.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Why the world needs a lot more traffic lights

Our world’s roads are far too chaotic, and more traffic lights could easily fix that.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:39 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Self-driving cars put hype in their rear-view mirror. The potential is real now.

Self-driving cars are navigating their way to the consumer mainstream.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:37 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Aereo’s fate should be decided by Congress, not the Supreme Court

The justices are ill-suited to evaluate a new innovation. It’s time for Congress to weigh in.

By Larry Downes  |  09:24 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 04/23/2014

The one thing Steve Case would change about the Internet

AOL co-founder Steve Case offers his answer.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:31 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Driverless cars can’t come soon enough

Eventually self-driving cars will prevent tragedies, but for now we must tackle distracted driving.

By Gary Shapiro  |  07:39 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/22/2014

NASA astronauts mark Earth Day with a slick pass of a microphone

Two NASA astronauts demonstrate how to slickly pass a microphone in zero gravity.

By Matt McFarland  |  12:02 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 04/22/2014

A bump in the road toward remote-controlled humans

Zabosu has halted its Kickstarter campaign after a sluggish start.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:28 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Our discovery of new planets could launch a modern Age of Exploration

Kepler just found an Earth-like habitable planet. What’s to keep us from getting there?

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 04/21/2014

The burrito arms race: Just how fast can Chipotle finish your order?

Some Chipotle chains manage to complete almost six transactions in a minute.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:23 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 04/19/2014

The rise of big data brings tremendous possibilities and frightening perils

New information will improve our health and prevent crimes, but uncover skeletons and hurt privacy.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  07:17 AM ET, 04/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Could the ease of Uber come to parking garages?

Meet the man who wants to make parking in a garage as fun as riding in an Uber.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 04/17/2014

A CEO explains the merits of a tiki lounge next to your cubicle

A chief executive points to research showing that workers who have more fun are most productive.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:59 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 04/17/2014

The secret to treating your allergies may lie in your stomach

Scientists are investigating how common bacteria in our bodies can contribute to allergies.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:39 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Why everything new isn’t an innovation

Just because something is new doesn’t mean it should be touted as an innovation.

By Matt McFarland  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Sorry Domino’s, pizza crust made out of chicken isn’t an innovation

News flash -- replacing a pizza’s crust with breaded chicken breast is not an innovation.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:29 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Editor's Corner, newsletter

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 04/15/2014

The innovator’s other dilemma: Being accomplished without sacrificing a personal life

You’ll build an amazing r sum , but will you have to sacrifice other parts of your life?

By Matt McFarland  |  08:45 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 07:46 AM ET, 04/15/2014

By 2050, every company needs to be a zero-energy company. Or else.

U.S. corporations should reach this goal by 2050, before the worst effects of climate change arrive.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:46 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 04/14/2014

Can 17,248 solar panels power one pilot around the world?

The team behind the Solar Impluse 2 wants to fly around the world in 2015.

By Matt McFarland  |  12:57 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 04/14/2014

Why you should take note of graphene

The strongest, thinnest material known to exist could revolutionize electronics and much more.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:31 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/11/2014

How do you find inspiration for great ideas? A few smart minds explain.

Have lunch with someone new. Take a nap. Challenge conventions. Read constantly.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Why the best companies may dump the laptops, PCs and programs their employees love

New tools are arriving that can make workers and companies more productive.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:33 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 04/10/2014

A seven-minute reminder that the world is incredibly beautiful

Witness some incredible footage taken with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:39 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 04/10/2014

We need a better explanation for the surge in autism

Brain science may unravel the mystery with new ways of thinking about what happens in our heads.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:12 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 04/09/2014

The case for almost never turning left while driving

Left-hands turns slow traffic, cause accidents and waste fuel. It’s time to restrict them.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:36 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Why you shouldn’t get too attached to your phone number

With a government contract expiring, consumers may not be able to shift their number between networks.

By Larry Downes  |  07:43 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Digital mesh: The concept behind Uber’s shot at an empire

The company could become a digital mesh that gets you whatever you want, whenever you need it.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:20 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 04/08/2014

The emerging dark side of social networks

Black ops and digital honey traps are not what e-diplomacy should be about.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:07 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Social Media, Technology

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Is the Internet making us less religious?

Fewer Americans are religious, but it’s unclear that the rise of the Internet is the reason.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Why I’m excited about the promising future of medicine

Technology will turn health care on its head and increase the quality of our lives.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  07:17 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Robots are terrible at soccer, in 13 photos

A tournament in Germany demonstrates that machines still have a lot to learn.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:01 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 04/04/2014

The biggest issue in government that no one talks about

A pay scale that doesn’t reward star employees makes hiring the best tech talent impossible.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:45 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter, Technology, olreporting

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 04/03/2014

For Amazon, the future of television could be e-commerce in your living room

Amazon’s new Fire TV is about more than just watching your favorite shows.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:57 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Robots find a job in the emerging world of solar energy

At a solar field in Israel, robots automatically awaken at night and clean the panels.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:19 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 04/02/2014

The argument for the social graph making college degrees less important

As reputations and talents are more obvious in our connected, digital age, college degrees matter less.

By Matt McFarland  |  11:09 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 04/02/2014

This robotic exoskeleton is helping the paralyzed walk again

A team of researchers is building a mind-controlled exoskeleton that could be worn by the paralyzed.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:11 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Pets: The next frontier for the sharing economy?

Having a pet is good for your health. But many people are too busy to care for a pet.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:39 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 04/01/2014

How technology is fighting to prevent a climate-change apocalypse

Clean energy and geoengineering are just two of the strategies that might save our planet.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:32 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

 

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