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Philippines: The innovation drive that turned social

The Philippines wanted tech start-ups to blossom and make it a global competitor. Instead people focused on finding solutions to local problems. What happened?<p>There was a summit, a steering committee, a policy document and even a somewhat awkward new brand name: “filipinnovation”, a word that is …

Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 …

Biotech Giant Monsanto Announces $1 Billion Acquisition of Climate Corporation

Controversial agri-giant Monsanto is dipping its massive hands in a different type of technology. The company, known for its focus on herbicides and …

Agriculture

Scientists want to turn smartphones into earthquake sensors

For years, scientists have struggled to collect accurate real-time data on earthquakes, but a new article published today in the <i>Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America</i> may have found a better tool for the job, using the same accelerometers found in most modern smartphones. The article …

10 Bioengineered Body Parts That Could Change Medicine

When physicians run out of treatment options, they look to a nascent field known as bioengineering for solutions to their patients' ailments. …

Researchers Build A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a cool innovation that could make particle accelerators much smaller than they are today. Using a laser, they successfully accelerated electrons in a chip about 3 mm long. These findings have been published in <i>Nature.</i><p>Particle …

Nanotubes: Can we make speakers as thin as paper?

The idea of light, thin speakers is almost 100 years old, but now thanks to nanotechnology scientists think it might finally be possible.<p>It’s time for one of those imagined futures which always miss the mark by a mile – you know... “Imagine setting off for work with your jet-pack…” But here we go …

Skolkovo: Tech city that aims to restore nation's pride

In the Soviet era, Russian science was lavished with money and resources. But post-communism, innovation has slumped. Can a new tech city reverse its fortunes?<p>Sitting on 400 hectares of the most expensive Russian real estate outside central Moscow, Skolkovo is intended to be one of the biggest tech …

The Big Idea: Can Innovation Save Us?

Are we headed for a world of scarce resources and environmental catastrophe, or will market forces and technological innovation yield greater …

Samsung to unveil smartphone with curved glass in October

Samsung plans to introduce a smartphone with a curved glass display next month, the company announced at a media event Wednesday in Seoul.<p>"We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October," D.J. Lee, Samsung's mobile business head of strategic marketing, said at an …

Mobile

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX tablets pose real threat to iPad dominance

Amazon's new HDX tablets are a huge technological leap beyond last year's models, but are still priced aggressively.<p>Amazon's first trick was selling a tablet so cheap, it was hard not to buy it, despite the shortcomings. Amazon's next trick was to build a second, larger tablet, to show it could …