Americans are generally excited about the new technology they expect to see in their lifetimes. But when confronted with some advances that already appear possible -- from skies filled with drones to meat made in a lab -- they get nervous.
Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the "blood moon" crossing the Earth's shadow Tuesday in all its splendor.
"I was in a position to see exactly what happens in the human hand. I got the basics of what it's all about and thought yeah, I'll make my own."
Tuesday will bring a spectacle in the night sky worth staying up for when the moon turns a burnt reddish orange.
Put an ear to the ocean and listen carefully, but beware. The water may play tricks on you.
Have you been pining for your very own wearable $1,500 Google Glass but weren't sure how you, a regular nondeveloper residing in the United States, could procure one?
Imagine ships that fire missiles at seven times the speed of sound without using explosives, or that use lasers to destroy threats at the cost of about a dollar a shot, and vessels making fuel from the very seawater in which they're floating.
Two 5-year-old boys, one with autism, were having some friendly playtime when they had a communication breakdown. One boy didn't respond to the other and walked away. The ignored kid got frustrated and pushed over a small staircase, causing the first boy to fall.
Planetary nebula Abell 33 has taken on romantic proportions.
You can't see it happening on Earth, but space itself is stretching. Ever since the Big Bang happened 13.8 billion years ago, the universe has been getting bigger.
Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal. But you could avoid getting lost in the woods with a guiding system embedded in your body.
There are many things that make you special: Your sense of humor, your dance moves, your personal style, the shape of your ear.
An ocean at least as large as Lake Superior lies below a thick layer of ice on a moon of Saturn, new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggests.
Timekeeping in the United States, which was already a pretty precise science involving lasers and atomic particles, just got even more exact.
The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food.
Monsters of the deep will have a man-made horror to contend with, as the Crabster CR200 is released into the oceans. Weighing over half a ton, the six-legged, crustacean-inspired robot is intended for the most dangerous undersea exploration.
Imagine: you are sitting with friends, one day in the distant future, in a space-age house, while robot servants cook dinner, fold laundry and mow the lawn.
A house that tracks your every movement through your car and automatically heats up before you get home. A toaster that talks to your refrigerator and announces when breakfast is ready through your TV. A toothbrush that tattles on kids by sending a text message to their parents.
Look miles into the future and imagine a day, when geneticists can design a flawless set of human genes in a laboratory.
Two thirds of the world population does not have Internet access. Facebook already has more than a billion users on its service, but before it can sign up the rest of world it needs to get them online.
Quick -- name a planet with rings. Easy, right?
For anyone holding out hope of Pluto being reinstated as a major planet, you should probably do as they say in the movie "Frozen" and "let it go."
As a teenager, Omer Kiyani was shot in the face with an unsecured firearm. He still struggles with the trauma. But the Detroit engineer now believes he has created a device that would have saved him and may save thousands of others.
Sometimes it takes a disaster to inspire innovation.
There's no way for us to know exactly what happened some 13.8 billion years ago, when our universe burst onto the scene. But scientists announced Monday a breakthrough in understanding how our world as we know it came to be.
If you were never able to solve a Rubik's Cube without peeling off the stickers or prying it apart with a butter knife, you're really going to hate this robot.
Holiday albums could be less forgettable when pictures of a Mediterranean meal carry the scent of olives; a selfie on the beach contains a trace of salt spray or a rainy London scene conveys the distinctive aroma of freshly wet concrete.
Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached.
March 14 is my favorite day to be a nerd.
Tired of hokey in-flight movies or spotty DirecTV connections? United Airlines is adding an option for watching TV during flights that lets passengers stream content directly to their laptop, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for free.
In her first visit to South by Southwest Interactive, the tech-themed conference underway here, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton devoted the bulk of her prepared talk Tuesday to the admirable work of her family's foundation in improving global health care.
The American bears a broad grin, flashing an "OK" sign to the Russian support team tending to him after his descent from space. It's not exactly the image of two countries at extreme odds over the Ukraine crisis.
If Batman and Iron Man got together in the lab to patch together a new outfit, it might look like this.
On Earth, the United States may be trading bitter accusations with Russia over Ukraine.
People wait in long lines and even camp out to get their hands on new Apple devices as soon as they're available. But they drag their feet, sometimes for years, when it comes to purchasing another piece of technology that could greatly improve their lives: hearing aids.
If you ever try your hand at farming spiders, you'll very soon discover it's no easy task.
A Japanese rocket roared into orbit early Friday (Thursday afternoon ET) carrying what NASA calls its most precise instrument yet for measuring rain and snowfall.
Our galactic neighborhood just got a lot bigger. NASA on Wednesday announced the discovery of 715 new planets, by far the biggest batch of planets ever unveiled at once.
The Dogecoin started off as a penniless Internet joke. But Matt Thompson plans on selling his vacation home for this meme-inspired currency.
Sony has announced a tie-up with the estate of Michael Jackson, allowing them to use his music to promote the release of a new smartphone. But the announcement left some Jackson fans unimpressed.
The likeness of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs may appear on a commemorative U.S. postage stamp in 2015, only four years after his death.
One of the most impressive spectacles visitors have found at the Sochi games doesn't have anything to do with sports at all. It's their own face, over 20 feet tall, rendered on a giant morphing wall at the entrance to Olympic Park.
Cassiopeia A was a star more than eight times the mass of our sun before it exploded in the cataclysmic, fiery death astronomers call a supernova.
Bitcoin, the emerging if still somewhat mysterious digital currency, may be coming soon to a high-tech ATM near you.
The "jelly doughnut" rock that seemed to appear out of nowhere on Mars last month did not fall out of an extraterrestrial pastry box.
Human construction projects are generally centrally planned, with people in leadership roles supervising how everything is put together, and builders aware of the overall progress.
Call him Charlie, Charles, Chuck -- whatever you want. It's all okay with him.
The event was over in a fraction of a scintilla of a blink of an eye and released a burst of energy that's not particularly impressive by most standards.
The presence of water on Mars is often talked about in the past tense -- as in, billions of years in the past. But researchers have found clues that water could be flowing in the present, at least during warm seasons.
It's a dot in the sky.
Forget about the big screen, the small screen and even the second screen.
To ask what impact Bill Gates has had on computing is, in a way, too small a question. For millions of people in the nearly four decades since he co-founded Microsoft, Gates has defined the entire field.
A long distance drive can be lonely with only a radio for company, and if the driver is stressed or tired it becomes dangerous.
Ice fishers in Minnesota are reeling from a recent FAA decision prohibiting beer delivery by drone.
As he prepares Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, Hamish Hamilton isn't free with details about what its millions of viewers should expect.
If you want to find an asteroid, the region between Mars and Jupiter is a great place to look. That area where asteroids hang out is called the main asteroid belt
It takes Dr Gernot Groomer three hours to put on the spacesuit he hopes will, one day, walk across the surface of Mars.
Google Glass's vision for its future is coming into focus.
Marque Cornblatt's interest in drones began with a bit of playful drone-on-drone violence.
Two NASA rovers are about 5,200 miles apart on the surface of Mars and will likely never meet.
At full speed, the Rimac Concept_One is little more than a cherry red blur, flashing from one corner of the horizon to the other in the blink of an eye.
NASA announced an ambitious slate of launches Wednesday aimed at putting new eyes on the Earth and its atmosphere in 2014.
When a building is on fire, every second counts for the first responders rushing to the scene. A computer-savvy firefighter in North Carolina is hoping a bit of futuristic wearable technology and clever programming can help save time and lives.
Did Mars rover Opportunity order a jelly doughnut?
Scientists are inviting you to take part in "waking up" a comet-chasing probe that has been in hibernation in space for nearly three years.
It may have been the most anticipated traffic court date ever.
It's rare for astronomers to spot a planet in a star cluster. That's partly why a cluster called Messier 67 is so special: We now know that it has three planets orbiting stars.
Google is knocking at your front door. It wants to come inside, make itself at home, and quietly turn all of your boring home devices into "smart" connected gadgets that learn about your patterns and preferences, talk to each other, collect data about your habits and make life easier by assisting with daily tasks.
From wearable technology to space tourism, 2014 will be a year of significant technological leaps. We take a look through some of the most ground-breaking developments of the year ahead.
Imagine a bicycle that was more than a means to get you to work in the morning, but a personal assistant to boot. It could shield you from oncoming traffic, look up weather conditions in advance, anticipate the road ahead and make adjustments to your journey. Imagine it could also double as smog filter, fit compactly on your bookshelf, and even fly.
The companies that make 3-D printers want a spot in your home. They're just not sure exactly why you need one of their futuristic devices yet.
The first commercial supply mission by Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned Cygnus spacecraft has docked at the International Space Station, NASA said Sunday.
If you've ever been at a crowded bar or a packed party, you have probably waited a long time for a drink.
If you're tired of nagging your kids (or another member of your household) to brush their teeth, you have a new ally.
The big auto show in Detroit doesn't kick off until next week, but major car companies are already showing off some of their more exciting car-tech prototypes here at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
The Obama administration wants to keep the International Space Station open for another decade, keeping the orbital research platform open through 2024, the White House and NASA announced Wednesday.
Frank Sinatra is back, crooning 'Fly Me To The Moon' live in his trademark suit and fedora as if he had never left the stage. A decade and a half after Ol' Blue Eyes passed away, this unexpected new appearance has been made possible with an optical technology called Musion Eyeliner.
Some people think wearable gadgets look cool. Perhaps they rock their Google Glass while out at happy hour, or flash the latest crowd-funded smart watch at the office.
There's a new option for anyone who's wanted to dabble in 3-D printing but didn't know where to start. On Monday, MakerBot founder Bre Pettis unveiled a trio of 3-D printers, including a new device for beginners, at a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
In the movie "Back to the Future," the year is 1955 when Marty McFly introduces the song "Johnny B. Goode" to a high school dance. That was three years before this tune was actually written, but McFly knows it well because he's from the future.
A noted tech journalist and early adopter of Google's Glass headset is declaring the technology "doomed," at least for 2014.
It lit up the world and showed us all our way. It served presidents, princes, and paupers with equal alacrity. It brought the writings of Yeats, Joyce, Rowling, and Trudeau to millions of bed-readers, and helped countless people around the world avoid stubbing their toes in the dark.
After the holiday leftovers have disguised themselves in countless sandwich renditions, it'll be time to put 2013 behind us and look to a new year.
It has been a thrilling year of discovery in many areas of science, but also a sobering time -- federal funding cuts threaten the future of innovation, and rising carbon dioxide levels foreshadow environmental and health challenges linked to climate change.
Kids are shuffled through numerous teachers, classrooms and schools during their educational career. Some will rack up a thick file of issues, while others will leave no mark, positive or negative, at all.
Say "laptop" or "tablet" or "app" to a technophile and you may get them interested. Say "robot," and you've got them excited.
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Astronauts will conduct a series of Christmas-week spacewalks to replace a faulty coolant pump aboard the International Space Station that has forced operations to be scaled back since last week, NASA announced Tuesday.
It doesn't sound like it should be that hard.
Under a clear night sky on a rocky arid outcrop, South African astronomers are waiting for the stars to come out and play.
Twenty-three homeless shelter pods barnacled to the side of a railroad station in Marseilles, France, are safe, for now. Once they touch the ground, most legal bets are off.
A real protest, a fake Google employee, a viral video and some shiny buses have brought attention to the growing tensions between San Francisco's moneyed tech-sector workers and the city's working poor and middle class.
Think back to that prehistoric era before the internet existed. Around this time every year the dreadful reality of Christmas shopping would dawn: you would soon have no choice but to face the music and that music would be none other than a hypnotic rendition of Jingle Bells following you into every store, turning you into yet another mall zombie like the rest of them.
If you have ambitions of being one of the first people on Mars, listen up: A Dutch company says it is moving along with its plan to send four lucky Earthlings to colonize the Red Planet. The catch: They won't ever come back.
Curious about life on Mars? NASA's rover Curiosity has now given scientists the strongest evidence to date that the environment on the Red Planet could have supported life billions of years ago.
On Tuesday, January 12 2010, the world watched in horror as Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake. At least 100,000 people lost their lives in the devastation. In the aftermath, many people around the world sent financial aid to help support survivors.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided your multicolored space distraction of the day: images of a swirling, six-sided weather feature on the surface of Saturn.
CNN's David Mattingly visits a San Francisco shop that creates made-to-order ice cream in 90 seconds.
A new patient simulator is equipped with robotics that allow it to move, hemorrhage and more to help train doctors.
All-terrain wheelchairs give freedom to disabled vets, letting them conquer hills, mud, sand and up to a foot of water.
The Mars Society's Nicole Willett describes the characteristics needed for an applicant wanting to live on Mars.
Google's Vic Gundotra demos a service that they say can look at your library of photos and identify which are best.
Google's Johanna Wright demonstrates Google's voice activated hot word search at a company presentation.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates talks about computer coding, working from home and the future of technology.
La experta en redes sociales, Silvina Moschini, habla del uso de Internet por parte de los niños y opina sobre la censura.
Imagine a quick, inexpensive trip to the doctor at all hours of the night. WJW reports.
Your resume might never be seen by a human. Software weeds out ones without certain words. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.
Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller says the upgraded MacBook Air laptops are faster, has better graphics and $100 cheaper.
NASA has enhanced solar images to make the structures on the sun more visible.
Now that NASA's shuttle program is no longer running, how will the U.S. get astronauts into space? CNN explains.
NOAA used a remotely operated camera to view the remains of a 19th century sailing ship in the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. military is using a small robot to help troops in Afghanistan see through walls and potentially save lives.
Steve Jobs' request for tougher glass in the iPhone led Corning to produce Gorilla Glass in an old Kentucky factory.
A Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble watch has raised more than $6 million for a device that connects with smart phones.
Kaman and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to build an unmanned helicopter they hope will save lives in war zones.
Director James Cameron prepares his submarine for his record breaking dive down to the depths of the Mariana Trench.
Meet the innovators and agents of change that have been selected for CNN's The Next List.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to a selection of change agents from a variety of fields.
The Jaguar supercomputer in Oak Ridge, TN is used for everything from scientific research to disaster management.
The future of warehouses may be one with fast shipments and few human employees if robots like Kiva Systems continue to invade the workspace.
José Carlos Garcia, estuvo en el lanzamiento del teléfono Nokia Lumia en Londres.
The Marlins' new $550 million stadium won't open until 2012, but CNNMoney got a sneak peek of how the roof will work.
Apple CEO sees the new and improved MacBook Air as the future of notebook computers.
CNN's Reynolds Wolf shows us a new Technovation that will keep a guitar in tune forever.
Now running at Seoul's main amusement park, Paula Hancocks learns the concept of "charge as you go."
CNN's Dan Simon takes a close look at Steve Jobs' tenure as CEO of Apple.
A Houston couple ties the knot with a computer program acting as minister.
Japan uses computer-generated images to create chart-topping pop stars. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
One of the best hospitals in Arizona isn't for you, it's for your pets.
Emirati nuclear officials say proposed nuclear plants for growing energy demands will have advanced safety systems.
Creators of the fuel-free plane Solar Impulse want more people to follow their example and use renewable energy.
How will the Chromebook stack up with the competition?
GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman explains how his wearable camera lets anyone record their adventures in HD.
New tech businesses can get off the ground faster thanks to the new cloud computing technology. CNN's Emily Reuben reports
Solar-powered, compact trash cans will pop up at bus stops in Dayton, Ohio as WDTN's Jordan Burgess reports.
New sunglass technology keeps the glare from blinding you. CNN's Randi Kaye talks to its inventor.
Apple's new cloud computing service could help bring the growing service to the masses.
CNN's Max Foster explains storing information on the internet.
Apple highlights the features of its new operating system, Lion.
Apple has announced its attempt to move into cloud computing, but it's not the first time.
Tech expert Katie Linendoll on Google's new Chromebook laptop and its revolutionary operating system.
The U.S. used facial recognition technology to help identify bin Laden. CNN's Michael Holmes explains how it works.
Berkeley Bionics CEO Eythor Bender talks about the vision behind eLegs, a bionic device for wheelchair users.
A new way of dispensing medicine is coming to America's hospitals. CNN's Dan Simon reports.
MIT researchers have developed a new use for the Microsoft Kinect system - a robot that flies without help from humans.
New hamster-ball-style technology uses the sun to turn dirty water into clean.
Researchers at Qatar University come up with a novel way to cool stadiums ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
CNN staffers give you the inside scoop as the technology festival wraps up.
CNN Digital General Manager KC Estenson gives South by Southwest attendees a look at what's next for CNN.com.
We explain why thousands of techies, filmmakers and musicians descend upon Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest.