Fostering a culture of innovation.
Developing a unique method to measure leaked radioactive materials.
Harness that power, and put it to good use.
It takes more than human senses to detect microbes.
The science of vision, inspiring apparel designers.
Consumer recycling programs are just the tip of the iceberg.
How a community is attracting a skilled workforce.
Meet a team with a singular mission: to safeguard patients from infections.
A scientist’s the hunt for the next big breakthrough
Safety at work isn't just a matter of body—it's also a matter of mind.
Has there ever been a more exciting time to be a scientist than the 21st century? It sounds like the perfect career opportunity for Gen Z children, who want to make a difference in the world. But there’s a hitch - too few kids find science fun.
"Collisions are where the sparks happen”: tips to drive innovation
Energy is all around us. What if we could harness that power, and put it to good use? The next bright idea in construction is already here.
Sun shines. Electricity powers. What happens in between is solar energy.
From your home to your yard there is always a project or two to get done– stay safe while you work.
How loud is too loud? Which everyday sounds are safe, and which require hearing protection?
When it comes to posture, you can't afford to be a slouch.
Creative. Innovative. Cars are the perfect blend of art and science. And – they should turn heads!
Ever had your creativity killed by a HiPPO? Vision science can help you fight back.
A new generation of street-smart security solutions that offer accurate and timely information, helping users of license plate readers make quick and well-informed decisions.
Get study tips and the inside scoop and how parents are helping their children handle the challenges of a STEM curriculum.
Cars have become an integral part of our lives—take a journey with us through time.
The science of vision, inspiring apparel designers with retroreflective material.
Consumer recycling programs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to managing waste.
Stronger, lighter, tougher – that's exactly what you get.
His goal is bigger than learning from the best, and his passion is evident in his work.
His invention helps keep vehicles lighter and stronger.
A Minnesota town is working on a $1.2 million project to educate students about manufacturing.
Vivian Xie was visiting the sterile-supply units of hospitals and noticed something about how the instruments were cleaned.
For this 3M Thailand scientist, great science happens when she takes the lab to the people.
Five years ago, the northeastern region of Japan was forever changed when it was struck by the Higashi-Nihon earthquake, otherwise known as the Great East Japan earthquake. A major tsunami ensued, triggering the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which resulted in the release of radioactive materials.
Guillermo Urquia has diabetes and needs to monitor his blood sugar levels regularly. He simply pricks his finger, transfers the blood onto a test strip and receives an almost instant result. But how in the world do those tiny little test strips work?
Infected food does not always announce itself with a bad smell, look or taste, so it takes more than human senses to detect microbes.
Eye-catching reflective clothing is creating a buzz in the fashion world. The secret? Retroreflectivity.
In the world’s northernmost city, Norilsk, Russia, the polar night lasts from December 1 to mid-January. To brighten the scenery in this Siberian town, kids’ colorful drawings splash the side of city buses.
A group of nurses set out to transform their noisy, cold and stark operating room into a warm, comforting environment for patients. Their goal? To create a holistic healing setting where nurses' actions are focused on honoring patients during their most vulnerable moments.
Fixing wind turbines isn’t an easy job. Being up in the air at over 300 feet, changing filters or greasing bearings on a wind turbine can bring about some challenges. This job isn’t for the faint of heart.
Maybe it has happened to you. You’re driving on the highway at night, and all of a sudden you slam on your brakes to avoid the trailer in front of you. You hadn’t realized it was there – the trailer’s tail lights were out.
In certain areas of the world, some people worry about taking the shallowest breath of air outdoors.
As darkness fell, a cross-country skier grew panicked as she realized she was lost. Luckily, she spotted a shiny sign with the words “Emergency Location” across the top.
3M scientist Tim Hebrink lived completely “off the grid” for 12 years. For six months out of each of those years he produced way more renewable energy than he could use.
Doorstep detailing? With cars filling the roadways as India’s middle-class expands, 3M India figured out a way to bring the detailing shop directly to the people.
Many parents endure exasperation as their kids master the art of brushing their teeth. As with most things in life, practice makes perfect.
Welders are into edgy fashion. Check out Razor Dragon, Future Combatant and Wild-N-Pink.
Joe Oxman helped get rid of that metallic glint in your mouth.
On average, an American family of four loses upwards of $1,500 each year to food that is purchased but not eaten. In the developing world, food waste is an issue for very different reasons.
When it comes to sticking things to our skin, it can get a bit sticky.
What is the science behind snoring? Dr. Oyebode Taiwo, 3M’s global medical director, explains.
Get tips from an expert on where you should wear reflective material to be seen better in low light
Do you find yourself wondering “is my baby getting enough milk?” Or even “how do I know my baby is getting enough milk?” Now there’s a breastfeeding app for that.
“I’ve listened to a baby’s first heartbeat and a patient’s last heartbeat with this stethoscope.”
Take a look inside a factory that creates the graphics for specialty license plates.
Be your own best advocate, and know the right questions to ask to help ensure the safest experience possible.
You probably use tape all the time – wrapping packages, creating art projects and protecting surfaces from paint – and you may never think about its ingenious design.
“Throughout the entire hospitalization process, my mom just could not get herself warm,” says Jim. “She desperately wanted to go home and take a long, hot bath.”
It took a stroke of inspiration to create what is now a household item – the non-scratch sponge. To find the solution, a scientist had to look no further than her own thumb.
A researcher is perfecting the science of smooth. Matt Atkinson is utilizing the latest technology to smooth out rough spots.
Elise Groenewold says she notices some people are quietly skeptical when she enters the shop. That is until they see her sanding, welding and painting.
“The nurses needed an I.V. site dressing that was transparent – something that would enable them to easily monitor for infections.”
Sometimes it’s all about how you look at something. Tim Hoopman relied on perseverance to create something that could be seen better, even at an angle.
It’s not unusual to see an orangutan cause a ruckus by banging on the glass panels or pulling a pillowcase over its head at the zoo. Calming then down at the National Zoo took some creativity.
How do cookies help teens learn life skills? Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis is working on transforming the lives of local students – one cookie at a time.
“When a welding helmet is on your head for 8, 10 or 12 hours a day, it’s got to be comfortable.”
Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common infectious disease of children in the United States? But a little knowledge can go a long way. Learn how cavities often can be prevented.
The right interior paint job can help catch a buyer’s eye and even boost the value of your home. When you turn to painter’s masking tape, there’s a surprising amount of science helping you get the job done right.
Fluoride or no fluoride? Sealants or skip it? We tackle some of the questions new parents often have when it comes to their kids’ teeth.
One of Bob Elm’s earliest memories is getting a tricycle for Christmas. The first thing he did was crawl under it to “fix” it. That drive to tinker led to a career that included helping develop a generator that powered the Apollo 12 program for NASA.