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5 Eco-Friendly Cities Built From The Ground Up

From Incheon, South Korea, to Osceola County, Florida<p><b>Lavasa</b> <i><br>Maharashtra, India</i><br>Planned population: 300,000<br>Projected completion date: 2021<br>Lavasa's designers are using biomimicry to transform an arid site in India's Western Ghats into a lush city. Building foundations will store moisture, as trees do, …

The Energy Fix: Reinventing The Solar Array

Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.<p>The solar market has been on fire. In the U.S., it's grown by 600 percent over the past five years, culminating in 3,313 installed megawatts in 2012. This past March, seven solar projects added the only new utility power of any kind to the …

Beyond Movies: James Cameron is Exploring New Frontiers

When most people think of James Cameron, they first think of his movies: Aliens, Titanic, Avatar, The Terminator. Then they might reflect on how his films have pushed major technological advances in the entertainment industry, from the state-of-the-art visual effects that created the water tentacle …

Flight, Reimagined: The First Robotic Hummingbird

No thrusters, no propellers, just flapping wings. These Breakthrough innovators embraced the challenge of building a tiny aircraft under those constraints. Their creation, a machine that look and flies just like a hummingbird, shows the wild potential of tiny remote-controlled aircraft.<p><b>The</b> …

10 World-Changing Innovators for 2012

Tires that maintain their own air pressure. A brain-to-computer interface. Cameras that can see around corners. This year's Breakthrough Award-winning innovators are the brains and sweat behind some of the world's biggest ideas.

Elvis Presley: What I've Learned

Singer, Memphis, died August 16, 1977<p><b>I wouldn't call girls a hobby.</b> It's a pastime.<p><b>Any audience, as a rule,</b> goes for a fast number.<p><b>I don't like to be called Elvis the Pelvis.</b> It's one of the most childish expressions I've ever heard coming from an adult. But if they wanna call me that, there's …

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The Hardest Thing to Do in Space

...is land on something. Tom Rivellini and his NASA team, who specialize in that, put the Curiosity rover on Mars with their mind-boggling sky crane. Now they're on to the next thing, which is even bolder.<p><i>Published in the December 2012 issue, on sale any day now</i><p><i>SEE ALL THE 2012 AMERICANS OF THE YEAR</i><p>…

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From Surface Keyboards To Teddy Bear Robots, Microsoft’s Mad Scientist Develops The Art Of Innovation

Stevie Bathiche’s team of tinkerers occupies a niche between research and product development. Of his team’s need for creative freedom, he says: “They have to feel like they can be wrong.”<p>“I think I have the best job in the company,” says Stevie Bathiche, Distinguished Scientist of Windows Hardware …

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How A Superbulb Massively Brightened 3M’s Innovation Pipeline

The LED Advanced Lightbulb is a unique product. Here’s the story of how Tom Simpson and his team brought an idea into the light.<p>Every few months, a lightbulb in Tom Simpson’s office would burn out and someone would have to change it. In fact, that’s what we all do: It’s become almost standard …

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How 3-D Printing Could Help The Blind “See” Paintings

These Harvard undergrads are working on technology to translate paintings into something more sculptural.<p>Constantine Tarabanis, a Harvard sophomore, is sighted. But back in Greece, where he grew up, Tarabanis worked with the visually impaired community for several years, volunteering at a school …

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Cars, SUVs & Crossovers

FIVE MAZDAS. FIVE TOP SAFETY PICK PLUS RATINGS<p>Our engineers work tirelessly with the goal of creating the most eye-catching, exhilarating and safe …

Mazda - "Kenichirou Saruwatari / Bicycle Cars / i-Stop"

The Mazda Story - Horse and Rider

How 3-D Printing Will Turn Homes Into Mini Factories

Consumer-grade multi-material printers could hit the market in the next decade. Here's why that matters.<p>In 1984, inventor Charles Hull built the first rapid-prototyping machine, a massive device that turned digital blueprints into plastic models constructed layer by ultrathin layer. Since then, 3-D …

How Mazda Reinvented the Diesel Engine

The company's new diesel engine will get 44 mpg plus meet strict emission standards.<p>Diesel-engine designers have long grappled with a dilemma: Reducing emissions meant either cutting efficiency or adding expensive equipment. With the Skyactiv-D, Mazda engineers decreased pollution, boosted mileage, …

Thermoelectric "Power Felt" Fabric Lets You Sit on Your Phone to Power It

A team from Wake Forest University's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials has created a new thermoelectric fabric they call Power Felt. It's constructed of "tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers," though the final product looks and feels like fabric, and creates …

Lockheed's Better, Faster Way to Desalinate Water

Lockheed Martin engineers think their new membrane may hold the key to more access to fresh water around the world.<p><i>Sheet of graphene. Credit: Wikimedia Commons</i>.<p>With the development of a new, thinner membrane, defense contractor Lockheed Martin could revolutionize the process of desalination, …

Mazda Skyactiv-D Claims First Diesel Win in Grand Am Racing

The Mazda Skyactiv-D finished first and third at last weekend's Rolex Grand-Am GX, a significant victory not only because it's the first time a diesel-powered car has taken the top spot in a Grand-Am competition, but also because it only took four races to claim the win. Most of the action involved …

A Billboard That Condenses Water From Humidity

Peru's University of Engineering and Technology has designed a billboard that creates clean drinking water from atmospheric humidity.<p><b>At the edge of the Atacama Desert</b>, one of the driest places on earth, Lima, Peru, receives almost no rainfall. About 700,000 people have no access to clean water for …