The wisdom of 88-year-old maverick Stan Ovshinsky includes the benefits of hands-on education and the limits of conventional domestic finance
The terrorist attacks of September 11th failed to hurt New York real-estate prices, even at Ground Zero. Are we wrong to feel so secure?
Experts argue against the notion that joy can be easily surveyed or defined in only one way. They've found two kinds: how you evaluate life, and how you experience it.
The recent tsunami may affect Japan's ability to quickly produce equipment like microchips and chemicals, which are essential to companies around the world
Can we learn from a World War II-era experience? A similar combination of ideas and discoveries might solve today's needs.
If we could, at what catastrophe probability would a government order an evacuation: 75 percent? 50 percent? 25 percent?
We naturally focus on catastrophic risks like nuclear meltdowns, but chronic dangers like pollutants can be just as significant in the long run
Behold an analogue pattern generator that creates designs so fine they remain invisible to the naked eye
Japan is a leader in emergency robots, so why aren't machines responsible for entering these radiation-heavy zones?
Employers screen job candidates via on automated scan of resumés. Could this search focus on too narrow a pool?
At the annual TED conference, an invited group of speakers talk for 18 minutes -- no lectern, no notes and a healthy dose of fear mixed with inspiration
No culture fetishizes the doctorate more than German-speaking Europe
When growing up in the industrial Chicago of the 1950s I regularly saw from the elevated tracks a slide rule factory where spider silk was used in making cursors
Would Errol Morris still have made films if Thomas Kuhn hadn't thrown an ashtray at him?
Standards for balls, pins, and lane treatments have permitted a transformation of the game
Are patents truly a proxy for technological innovation? Today's applications run hundreds of pages, and significant ideas may be getting lost in the shuffle.
How tinkerers have changed the game through the decades
Can protective technology make althetics more dangerous? An old controversy continues in women's lacrosse.
From LEDs to increased fuel economy, the 747-8 spotlights great achievements. But even those show limits to progress.
A Time cover story on the prospects for abolishing death by 2045 is only the latest of a series of media features about Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity movement