A Former 1900s Coal Mine Reborn as a Modernist's Playground

Post-industrial cities have long struggled to find new uses for the (often gargantuan) factory infrastructure that once made their towns boom. Usually, that means a park or a museum. But a few cities—like Genk, Belgium—have tried a more experimental approach, turning these decrepit sites into unusual creative spaces. » 8/28/13 4:10pm 8/28/13 4:10pm

Woman Drives for 900 Miles Instead of 90 Thanks to GPS Error

I've read plenty of crazy GPS stories, but this has to be the craziest of them all: a 67-year-old woman drove for 900 miles over the course of two days because of a GPS error combined with her complete lack of attention. Her actual destination was only 90 miles away. » 1/14/13 12:14pm 1/14/13 12:14pm

Optical Sensor-Laden Skin Gives Robots a Softer Touch

As robots become more involved in delicate tasks such as autopsies or surgeries, we need their touch to be as precise and sensitive as possible. To have that, we'll need to give them a skin-like surface full of optical sensors. » 12/02/09 1:40am 12/02/09 1:40am