Head and shoulders of terra cotta archer (Courtesy of Qin Shihuangdi Mausoleum Site Museum, Lintong)

Age of Empires: Ancient Chinese art at the Met

The "Age of Empires" exhibit in New York features art from the Qin and Han dynasties 2,000 years ago that still influences Chinese society today.
Xbox console (Shutterstock)

Video game part does double duty — on a submarine

The U.S. Navy is putting a game-changing piece of equipment in its latest class of nuclear-powered submarines: an Xbox controller.

What’s the secret ingredient in tomorrow’s smartphone battery?

Scientists are on the brink of finding new ways to store energy for your smartphone. Advanced concepts include using oxygen or saltwater as a component.

These students taught a robot to swim in a cattle trough....

During World War II, Palau, a small island nation in the Western Pacific Ocean, was the scene of a fierce battle between American and...
Saturn (NASA/JPL)

After epic mission, Cassini takes final plunge into Saturn [video]

NASA's Cassini space probe will cap off two decades of discovery in a blaze of glory, breaking up over the sky of Saturn like a meteor.

Can Silicon Valley save the world?

Silicon Valley, the global hub of technology entrepreneurship, is looking to escape any stagnation from its age and invent a new future for the world.
Katherine Johnson at desk (NASA)

Before computers, she calculated NASA’s greatest achievements

Katherine Johnson's brilliant mathematical mind took her from small-town West Virginia to NASA, where she helped land a man on the moon without a computer.
Pipelines criss-crossing a green landscape (© AP Images)

Can the Earth be saved by turning CO2 to stone?

There may be a new way to capture harmful greenhouse gases and keep global temperatures from rising without doing other damage to the Earth.
Two men smiling, standing back to back (© Shane Harvey)

A $1 million prize for making smartphones possible

The computer industry shrugged when two engineering professors said they'd found a simpler way to make chips. But today 99 percent of smartphones and devices use their method, and they're $1 million richer.