Economists say copyright and patent laws are killing innovation; hurting economy
(PhysOrg.com) -- Abolishing patent and copyright laws sounds radical, but two economists at Washington University in St. Louis say it's an idea whose time has come. Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine see innovation as a ...
Novel 3-D oral scanner helping dentists go digital
Traditionally, dentists have made dental impressions by having patients bite down on a moldable silicone material. Such impressions, however, can be messy and uncomfortable, and sometimes inaccurate.
Team's solar-powered wheelchair wins World Cerebral Palsy Day competition
A student team at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science won first place in the 2012 World Cerebral Palsy Day "Change My World in One Minute" competition for its design of a ...
Invention allows clear photos in dim light
Cameras fitted with a new revolutionary sensor will soon be able to take clear and sharp photos in dim conditions, thanks to a new image sensor invented at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Bernanke forecasts gains from computer technology
(AP)—Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says pessimists who are forecasting that the economy will not reap sizable benefits from the computer revolution are likely to be proven wrong.
GE to crowdsource inventions through NYC startup
GE says it is licensing thousands of patents to Quirky, a New York City startup that lets people collaborate on designing household products and brings them to stores.
Smartphones to rescue for lost cats, grandmas
Lost your cat? Your grandmother? Or are you injured in a car crash, unable to call for help because your phone battery is dead? Never fear, a mobile solution is near.
Dutch family sues Facebook over 'like' button patent
The heirs of a Dutch Internet inventor are suing Facebook for allegedly infringing his patents with the US social networking site's "like" and "share" buttons, court documents seen on Monday said.
Obama bestows national medals for science, tech
President Barack Obama is honoring 12 researchers and 11 inventors with the nation's top award for invention and discovery.
Tiny invention may harness big energy from small spores
(Phys.org)—One of Ozgur Sahin's first machines was a mechanical adding device made from Legos. He made it when he was 11 and hasn't stopped making gadgets since. In graduate school Sahin created an atomic ...
Groundbreaking air-cleaner saves polluting industrials
Industries across Europe are threatened with shutdown as European Union emission rules for Volatile Organic Compounds are tightened. Now an air cleaning invention from the University of Copenhagen has proven ...
Bar code's co-inventor N. Joseph Woodland dies, 91 (Update)
(AP)—Norman Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code that labels nearly every product in stores and has boosted productivity in nearly every sector of commerce worldwide, has died. He was 91.
Indian inventor wins cash to develop Braille phone
A 29-year-old Indian inventor on Tuesday won $50,000 to help him make a new low-cost mobile phone for the blind that uses a Braille display.
Researchers use 'digits' to change the channel
A team of inventors from across Europe have done away with traditional remotes and have developed a sensor about the size of a wrist watch which is able to track the 3D movement of the hand and allows the ...