This GPS-Based Plane Tracker Makes Highways in the Sky

At bustling traffic hubs like O'Hare International, planes can spend an interminably long time waiting for their turn to land. And at airports like Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International, pilots must contend with tight flight paths to avoid crowded population centers and hills on their final approach. But thanks to a new… » 9/11/13 11:39am 9/11/13 11:39am

5 Smart Building Skins That Breathe, Farm Energy, and Gobble Up Toxins

Technically speaking, the smart facade—or building envelope that adapts to environmental conditions—dates back to the first window. But the contemporary idea of the smart facade has only been around for a few short decades, helped along by recent advances in chemical and material science. And over the past three… » 9/05/13 9:20am 9/05/13 9:20am

How Animal Employees Are Saving US Taxpayers Millions

Between the Great Recession and federal Sequestration cuts, officials at all levels of government are scrambling to scrimp and save money anywhere they can, no matter how offbeat the method. Even if it means foregoing the latest technological solutions for a more traditional, holistic approach—like exploiting the… » 8/22/13 2:43pm 8/22/13 2:43pm