The Quest to Touch Virtual Objects

Media, from television and radio to the internet, only takes advantage of two of our senses: sight and sound. Traditionally speaking, our sense of touch has rarely been utilised in analogue or digital communication. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Own Cider

Real Cider is a tremendously satisfying drink -- quintessentially English, beautifully refreshing. The methods of production -- on the smaller scale, at least -- really haven't changed that much over the centuries, and making your own offers an inventive glimpse into a fascinating part of our rural food culture. Read More >>

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The 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand

When carpenter Richard Van As cut off four of his fingers on his right hand in a circular saw accident in 2011 he was presented with a problem: how to continue his work as a carpenter without bankrupting himself on a prohibitively expensive prosthetic hand? Read More >>

The Evolution of Visual Effects in Film

Visual effects have grown substantially since Georges Méliès sent a spaceship crashing into the moon over 100 years ago. From 7ft blue avatars, tigers in the ocean to hundreds of little yellow minions, it appears that anything is now possible in the world of filmmaking. Read More >>

Helios Bars: The Arrival of the Smart Bike

In congested cities like London, the bicycle can be one of the most efficient ways of getting about the place. The issues of safety and theft, however, have put many people off this mode of travel. Read More >>

Inventing the Cardboard Bicycle

Would you have thought it possible to make a bicycle from cardboard? It may seem like an unlikely form of transportation but one such inventor, an Israeli engineer and systems developer, Izhar Gafni, has created a bike made from cardboard that is strong, waterpoof and costs just £10 to manufacture. Read More >>

The Hand Craftsmanship Behind a McLaren

Car enthusiasts tend to talk about the McLaren Technology Centre in hushed tones such is the reverence for the place. Since it opened in 2003 it has taken on an almost mythical quality and it is true, as you approach the glistening, curving edifice walled with glass from the other side of the artificial lake, it does all start to feel a little otherworldly. Read More >>

Graciously Green: The Designer, Low-Energy Light Bulb

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or, in the vernacular, energy-saving light bulbs, last 8 times longer than the traditional light bulb and use about 80 per cent less energy. This is all well and good, but if we're being honest, most CFLs are not lookers, and perhaps more importantly, they don't produce much light -- even after you've waited a few minutes for them to warm up. Read More >>

Engineering 3D-Printed Stem Cells

While much has been said on the topic of 3D printing within the context of the maker movement, it is in the medical world where arguably the most important advances are being made. Scientists at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have recently proven they can print human embryonic stem cells, a breakthrough which has the potential to revolutionise organ replacement in the coming years. Read More >>

Mark Champkins: The Science Museum's Inventor-in-Residence

Coming up with ideas and inventions on demand is tricky. I work as the Science Museum's "inventor-in-residence" and it is my job to generate a stream of products and ideas that are interesting to the science-savvy as well as engaging to those new to the museum. If possible the products should also be wildly popular and generate lots of income. No pressure then. Read More >>

Lord Rees Astronomer Royal on Aliens, the Big Bang, and the Multiverse

In a rare opportunity to speak to one of Britain's greatest living scientists we decided to ask the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, the big questions: is there extraterrestrial life out there, are there other universes and what came before the Big Bang? Read More >>

Engineering the Autonomous Car

It is strange that while much of our life is governed by health and safety, it's perfectly legal for one to zoom around in a metal box with wheels at 70mph. However, after the world's first licence for an autonomous vehicle was given to Google’s Driverless car this year, perhaps this is about to change. Read More >>

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Adrian Newey: F1 Design That Starts With a Pad and Pencil

Adrian Newey, Chief technical officer of Red Bull Racing, is rightly held in high regard in the world of Formula 1, regularly described as a genius by his peers. He is the only designer to have won Constructors Championships with three different teams. Eight in total spanning from Williams’ domination of the early 90s, a 1998 McLaren victory and now two back to back titles with Red Bull Racing in 2010 and 2011. His cars have notched well over 100 race wins and 7 driver’s championships. Read More >>

Body Hacking: Arrival of the Grinders

As we have seen with the rise of the Maker Movement, people are hacking in the physical as well as the virtual world. But why stop at hacking objects? There are people out there who are hacking their own bodies. Body hacking, also known as grinding, is part of the transhumanist movement trying to improve our bodies by adding new technologies to them, internally and externally. Read More >>

Engineering the First Hydrogen-Powered RC Boat

The by-products of hydrogen fuel cells are heat and water, which makes them far more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels. As it has become more unacceptable to drive a car that emits carbon dioxide, governments and companies around the world have set up initiatives to create the right infrastructure and technologies to bring fuel cells into fruition. Read More >>

The Body Architect: Merging Humans, Fashion and Technology

Lucy McRae is an inventor who has a truly unique approach to technology. Trained as a ballerina and an architect, she spends her days looking at transforming the human body. In her own words she is "straddling the world of fashion, technology and the body." Read More >>


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