Innovations Blog


Tue, Jan 20, 2015 10:26 am

A tree that Sam Van Aken grows might look like any other—until it blooms. First, its branches blossom in different shades of pink, white and crimson, and then, quite magically, the tree displays a mix of fruit.

Fri, Jan 2, 2015 3:57 pm

It’s been a tough century for people living along the world’s coastlines. The combination of rising seas and catastrophic storms—from Hurricane Katrina to Indonesia’s 2004 tsunami to Tropical Storm Sandy—has not only brought horrific levels of death and destruction, but continues to raise basic questions about the relationship between humans and the sea.

Mon, Dec 15, 2014 7:53 am

Does a child really need a human teacher in order to learn?

Most experts will tell you yes, definitely, that teachers make learning easier and give it direction and context. They push and encourage. But what about when there are no teachers around? Can technology do the job?

Mon, Nov 17, 2014 11:11 am

This week, in the Amsterdam suburb of Krommenie, a little stretch of bikeway officially opened to the public. It’s not all that long—not even three-quarters the length of an American football field—but it is perhaps a glimpse into the future for a country that has almost 22,000 miles of bike trails.