We tend to think of high-tech driving safety innovations as being limited to the car itself, but a Dutch design team thinks that the road needs to play an active role, so they have proposed a number of cool new ideas to make driving less risky.
Commercial operators like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic may be taking the lead in terms of manned space travel, but NASA continues to explore new ways to travel to and from space. The agency's latest research is focused on what could become a rotor-equipped space capsule re-entry vehicle.
It's pretty creepy sounding, but instead of going all Ed Gein on us, Nissan engineers are working to develop synthetic materials that can replicate the touch and feel of a human finger.
As touchscreens have taken off via tablets and smartphones, the way we interact with our gadgets has changed dramatically. But finger-to-glass input is just one option as these devices evolve. A new creation promises to move touch input to nearly any surface.
Don't worry, scientists are using their powers for good when they harness lightning in a lab to destroy concrete. The lightning zap breaks up the rubble into its core components without all the environmental mess created by shredding it.
Video chat was supposed to be the future, but even a celebrity-endorsed service like Airtime is failing to woo the masses. Bandwidth and hardware aren't the problem, so maybe it's the notion of having to be "camera ready" that's stalling the space. Docomo's new video chat glasses may offer a solution.
Surgeons study long and hard to perfect their technique, but one thing they can't control is the microscopic shifts that exist in even the steadiest of hands. Researchers have tackled this problem by creating a surgical tool that compensates for these shifts.
DARPA-sponsored research projects are usually pretty crazy, and so is this one: a group of researchers have created electronic systems that can totally dissolve in liquid after they're no longer needed, even inside the human body.
The science of holography has taken a big leap forward thanks to tiny carbon nanotubes. Scientists at Cambridge University have used carbon nanotubes to generate the smallest hologram pixels ever created. The small size is key, because the smaller the pixel, the higher the resolution of the hologram and the wider the field of view.
Microsoft's been scooping up patents lately, but my personal favorite is the one that allows you to beat the hell out of your phone to make it shut up. Because that's exactly what its newest idea is.