Innovations Blog


Thu, Apr 16, 2015 12:02 pm

Baby boomers must be pleased to see that scientists are going down so many different paths in not only tackling the enduring mystery of how our brains function, but also in seeing if lost memories can be found. A few weeks ago, for instance, a team of researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine reported that a drug that had not been very effective as a cancer treatment has helped restore the memories of mice with Alzheimer’s disease. And last month, scientists in Australia announced that mice with Al

Wed, Apr 1, 2015 9:22 am

If you’ve driven a car the past few weeks, you’ve hit a pothole or ten. Every year, we know they’re coming, and yet we’re still dumbfounded by their sheer number and capacity for destruction.

And, we wonder, why does this go on? I mean, we have driverless cars, but every spring our roads still crumble like stale cake. The best we can manage, it seems, is a mad scramble of patching, little more than a blitz of damage control.

Wed, Mar 18, 2015 10:42 am

Randy Slavin was tired of drones getting a bad rap. It was time to fight the stigma that they were either covert killing machines or expensive toys of Peeping Toms. As a filmmaker, Slavin knew what drones made possible.

So he organized a film festival.

Mon, Mar 9, 2015 10:27 am

There may be no job more reactive than firefighting. You wait for the alarm to sound; when it does, you go fight fires.

But what if there was an algorithm that could take the guesswork out of fire prevention? What if enough data could be analyzed that fire departments would be able to identify where fires are most likely to happen?

Fri, Feb 13, 2015 2:50 pm

With innovation often comes the casting aside of familiar things—landlines, the simple pleasure of figuring out a map, getting other people to take pictures of you.

But are we ready for a future without cab drivers?