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U.S. Falling Behind on Competitiveness and Innovation

I’ve been mentioning R&D in talks and articles a lot lately. Most audiences outside the beltway don’t immediately know I mean Research and Development – until I explain it’s the part of our federal budget accounting for a good deal of “science stuff.” R&D supports basic research and leads to new innovation while helping boost [...]

November 12, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Need a Hand? Now You Can Print One

"Every 4 1/2 minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect." That translates to 1 of just 33 babies being born with a defect in the U.S. Of these, about 1,500 babies, or 4 out of every 10,000 babies are born missing a hand or arm ("upper limb reduction").

March 6, 2014 — Judy Stone
Building New Homes for Energy Innovation

Building New Homes for Energy Innovation

As discussions begin today at the 10th MIT Energy Conference, the energy sector ponders how industry, government, and the scientific community can combine forces to enable the rapid evolution of the energy system.

February 27, 2015 — Varun Mehra and Sebastien Lounis
Your Fertile Brain at Work

Your Fertile Brain at Work

Scientists have mapped the innovative mind so that we can remake our own in its image

January 1, 2014 — Evangelia G. Chrysikou

Switching on Creativity

The extraordinary abilities of savants have inspired a brain-stimulation technique for enabling creative insight

January 1, 2014 — Allan W. Snyder, Sophie Ellwood and Richard P. Chi

Bigger Cities Do More with Less

New science reveals why cities become more creative and efficient as they grow

January 1, 2014 — Luís M. A. Bettencourt and Geoffrey B. West

Engines of Innovation

Most of humanity now lives in a metropolis. That simple fact helps to fuel our continued success as a species

January 1, 2014 — Edward Glaeser

Let Your Creativity Soar

In a discussion with Scientific American editor in chief Mariette DiChristina, three noted experts on creativity, each with a very different perspective and background, reveal powerful ways to unleash your creative self

January 1, 2014 — Mariette DiChristina, John Houtz, Julia Cameron and Robert Epstein
A taste of #TEDMED 2012: Main Course

A taste of #TEDMED 2012: Main Course

The initial fare at TEDMED 2012 whet my appetite for the sessions that followed. Howard-Yana Shapiro, a plant scientist wizard, focused on how to improve nutrition in crops, rather than just the volume of the yield, and the coming crisis in feeding the world's population.

April 20, 2012 — Judy Stone
A Taste of #TEDMED 2012: Appetizers

A Taste of #TEDMED 2012: Appetizers

Innovation. Story telling. Discovery. Connections. Beauty. Heartbreak. TEDMED 2012 had it all. What seemed initially like disparate sessions later proved to be a carefully planned series that wove together important themes for making a healthier future.

April 17, 2012 — Judy Stone
Guest post: Electric Vehicles Need New “Assembly Line” Breakthrough

Guest post: Electric Vehicles Need New “Assembly Line” Breakthrough

By Wang Tao Struggling sales in the electric vehicle (EV) market have resulted in serious questions being raised about their viability. Despite Chinese government incentives, only a few Chinese EV pilot cities have met their target of putting 1,000 EVs on the road.

August 28, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott