How a Man Who Wore a Fake Uterus is Reinventing Sanitary Pads

This is story about a man who created—and wore—a mock, bleeding uterus made out of a bladder filled with goat's blood. This is also a story about an inventor breaking profound taboos to revolutionise the lives of women. Either way, how a school dropout in India came to invent a cheaper way to make sanitary pads is a tale at once weird and inspiring, as told in a recent BBC article. Read More >>

How it Feels to Ride an Electrified Boris Bike

If you've ever ridden a Barclays 'Boris' Bike (or Citibike, or any similar bike-share bicycle) you know: those suckers are heavy. And, if you've ever ridden up anything near an incline, you know that heavy bikes absolutely suck on hills. Wouldn't it be great to just push a button instead? Read More >>

17 Historic Patents That Made Winter Olympic Sports Possible

You might not expect the United States Patent and Trademark Office to be as excited about the Winter Olympics as it is. But this month, the USPTO is releasing historic patents that reveal how winter sports emerged. So, who invented the snowboard? Read More >>

Apple May Have Figured Out How to Make FaceTime Work With Bad Internet

A new invention filed by Apple with the US Patent and Trademark Office is so simple but clever that it's amazing it's not been done before: Cook & Co. suggests that it could insert doctored or pre-recorded images into FaceTime chats on crappy connections to keep the conversation smooth. Read More >>

Reinvented Airless Wheel is Greener, Quieter and Just as Round

This odd round thing is the Hanook i-Flex, a new take on the car wheel and tyre combo that does away with air. Which means no more flat tyres and the people who hate you can't slash them. Read More >>

We Can Now Print Ultrafast Graphene Chips for Flexible Electronics

Futurists are always talking about how flexible electronics will change our lives in amazing ways, but we've yet to see anything mind-blowing come to market. A team of scientists from the University of Texas in Austin, however, think they've found the key to changing that: ultrafast graphene transistors printed on flexible plastic. Read More >>

Scientists Just Figured Out How to Make Lightning-Fast Graphene CPUs

Graphene has the power to change computing forever by making the fastest transistors ever. In theory. We just haven't figured out how yet. Sound familiar? Fortunately, scientists have just taken a big step closer to making graphene transistors work for real. Read More >>

Alexander Graham Bell's Failed Flying Machine Reborn As a Floating City

In 1899, the inventor of the telephone set out to solve another problem: The aeroplane. He failed miserably. Really, really miserably. But this summer, a team of architects and engineers have resurrected his 106-year-old design for a flying machine for a very different purpose: As a model for floating, solar-powered structures. Read More >>

We Need More Ideas as Crazy as Hyperloop

You know why I didn't like Elon Musk a few years ago? Because of PayPal. Because he seemed like a dilettante. Yet another Valley guy who was ignoring all the hard work and ingenuity that had gone into systems like infrastructure and space travel for the last fifty years; another nerd who thought every system was as mutable as a computer. I was wrong. Read More >>

A Peek at the Secret Lab Where Google Tries to Invent the Future

Google's got its hands in a lot of cooke jars. It's juggling Android, and ChromeOS, and maps, and Gmail, and Glass, and self-driving cars. But the real, secret goods are (presumably) hidden deep inside the secret "Google [x]" lab, and Bloomberg got an awful close—but not quite uncensored—peek. Read More >>

Dreamy New Battery Tech is 10 Times as Powerful and Charges 1,000 Times Quicker

They say this new kind of super-battery isn't safe yet. But we don't care. We'll sign the disclaimer. If we can have more capacity in a smaller space AND it recharges quicker, we can live with the small risk of fire and burns. Read More >>

£588k Whacked into UK Kickstarter Projects in its First Week

The UK wing of Kickstarter seems to be doing pretty well for itself, with the money-raising site claiming to have taken pledges for well over half a million quid during its first week of punting projects to the UK audience. Read More >>

12 Deadly Inventions That Killed Their Creators

Technological progress is not the iPhone 5 or the Nexus 7. Technological progress is creating things that nobody has ever seen before, things that push humanity forward. You know, like building a machine heavier than air that freaking flies. Sadly, some times these quests end in disaster. Read More >>

This Simple Petrol Pump Nozzle Screen Could Save Millions of Litres of Dripped Fuel

Spilling petrol on your shoes after you fill your car seems like just a small annoyance. But it happens to everyone, and apparently all that wasted fuel adds up to about half a billion litres of fuel lost every year. An epidemic this simple mesh cap promises to solve. Read More >>

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Celebrate Thomas Edison's 165th Birthday With a Crash Course On His Life

Did you know that Thomas Edison got his first job as a telegraph operator after saving the daughter of a station agent from an oncoming train? Or that he didn't invent the lightbulb, but instead created the first commercially viable version? Read More >>

Poop-Stopping Design: the Disposable Diaper

Babies are incredible waste producing-machines, speeding through approximately 10 diapers every day. If you are in possession of a poop-maker, you've got options for dealing with their impressive output: disposables, cloth, something called FuzziBunz. Read More >>


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