innovation

Ford Shows How Virtual Reality Will Change Our Lives

Ford uses virtual reality to produce cars faster, cut costs and ease collaboration between co-workers. And a look inside its impressive VR program…

How Consumer Electronics Are Radically Redesigning Our Cars

Consumer electronics, connectivity, and the Internet of Things will reshape our cars and our relationship with transportation for decades to come.

The Sleeping Giant Stirs: Russia Revs Up Renewable Tech

If the story of cooperation in space is a guide, Russia's decision to compete in the global market for renewable energy technology could…

Making the Switch: Smart Technology and Grid Reform for the 21st Century

The Department of Energy estimates that $100 billion in public- and private-sector investment could fully modernize the American energy grid and save consumers…

Goals for Sustainability and CSR Professionals in Earth 2017

With power shifts in Washington and misinformation spreading around climate change, it is gut-check time for corporate social responsibility and sustainability professionals. So,…

Trending Now: Say ‘Cheese’ to Plant-Based Dairy

What's behind the rise of plant- based dairy? And why is it a positive choice for personal health and the environment?

In Los Angeles, A New Approach to Marine Science

A new collaborative in Los Angeles aims to create “an ocean that will sustain future generations.” And it's not a pie-in-the-sky concept --…

The One-for-One Business Model Carries Benefits Beyond Retail

The one-for-one business method counts retail companies such as Toms and Warby Parker among its success stories. But the model can — and…

“Tiny Bird” Hydrogen Fuel Cell Firm Nails Big BIRD Grant

The company Parajito Powder could play an outsized role in the hydrogen economy of the future with the help of Technion, the Israel…

NASA and the Evolution Climate Change Research

NASA’s manned space flight missions to the moon grabbed attention and glory for the agency in the '60s, but Earthrise was the seed…

Solving Wicked Problems Poses New Challenges in Today’s Funding Environment

Government spending on R&D as a percentage GDP peaked at 2.9 percent in 1964, and corporate R&D funding now represents 65 percent of…

Columbia Scientist Discovers Plastic-Based Energy Storage Solution

Smaller, lighter, cheaper electric vehicle batteries could result from a new manufacturing process that eliminates an energy storage "hiccup."

Materials Innovation Leads to More Sustainable Products

Material science plays an increasingly significant role in product development as businesses focus on sustainability.

How ‘Green Giants’ Use Sustainability To Grow Sales

In her recent book "Green Giants," Freya Williams identifies six factors common to companies with at least a billion dollars in annual green…

The Reusable Space Rocket and Other 21st-Century Accomplishments

One of the first challenges identified by the international space community was the need for a reusable spacecraft. NASA got things started. And…