Puerto Rico's living Graft Tower could one day house and feed you

It may look like the human battery farm from The Matrix, but the Graft Tower is actually a "parametric-designed eco-hotel and vertical farm," which includes plant material growing inside its structure and creates ethanol through natural processes. » 8/01/11 2:30pm 8/01/11 2:30pm

"Soft robots" that act like caterpillars could one day save your life

Engineers building robots usually have a choice between making a fast machine or a flexible one. But now engineers at Tufts University are changing the game with "soft robots" who can worm their way into hard-to-reach places very quickly. » 5/18/11 8:00am 5/18/11 8:00am

Humpback Whales Teach Humans to Build Better Wind Turbines

Whales have given us a reliable source of energy for centuries: oil for our lamps, wax for our candles, and of course margarine. All that's required to harvest these lovely fuels is wholesale slaughter of the harmless creatures, and that's starting to go out of fashion, mostly because the whales were starting to go… » 7/14/08 9:37am 7/14/08 9:37am