The elaborate records kept by the US Patent Office since 1790 are allowing researchers to study the nature of invention and how it has changed in 200 years.
A new class of imaging device with no lens and just a single light sensitive sensor could revolutionise optical, infrared and millimetre wave imaging
Vortices in the South Atlantic are mathematically equivalent to black holes, say physicists, an idea that could lead to new ways of understanding how currents transport oil and garbage across oceans
A smartphone app inspired by Greek mythology has the potential to help the blind navigate indoors where GPS is unavailable.
There’s a secret to asking strangers for something and getting it. Now data scientists say they’ve discovered it by studying successful requests on the Web.
Psychologists have always puzzled over why people in Sweden were slower to start smoking and slower to stop. Now a group of mathematicians have worked out why.
The discovery of a winning strategy for Prisoner’s Dilemma is forcing game theorists to rethink their discipline. Their conclusion? Winning isn’t everything.
LEDs outperform incandescent lights, hands down. But they should also give farmers unprecedented control over plant growth, development and nutritional content in future, say researchers.
Intelligent dust particles embedded in the brain could form an entirely new form of brain-machine interface, say engineers
Electronics companies think the Affordable Care Act will push us to embrace technology to track our health and lifestyles.