Scientists creating bionic plants

Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen that we breathe, and add beauty to our surroundings. Now, a team of MIT researchers wants to make plants even more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production and give them completely new functions, such as monitoring environmental pollutants.

Creating electricity with caged atoms

A lot of energy is wasted when machines turn hot, unnecessarily heating up their environment. Some of this thermal energy could be harvested using thermoelectric materials; they create electric current when they are used to bridge hot and cold objects.

Google Drive goes live

Mountain View has finally take the wraps off its long awaited Google Cloud-based Drive, which can be used to create, share, collaborate and store data. 

Carnegie Mellon team builds 'time machine' for data visualization

With support from Google, researchers have built a system allowing viewers to explore gigapixel-scale, high-res videos and image sequences by panning or zooming in and out while simultaneously moving through time.