In his spare time—which was presumably limited—Leonardo da Vinci was fond of drawing plans for contraptions and weaponry, most of which were never actually built. But with a few common items, it’s easy to bring his double-armed catapult to life.
The art of handwritten script is lost on most of us keyboard-attached slobs. But over the past few years, a small group of designers have dug into the archives of famous thinkers and artists to bring their script into the digital world—meaning that you, too, can write like Einstein, even if you can’t think like him.
The Pax and the Firefly are both fantastic vaporizers, but they suffer from the same shortfall: neither can handle anything other than loose-leaf material. Try to vape a concentrate or essential oil and you'll be spending the rest of your evening de-gooifying your equipment. Not so with Da Vinci's latest portable…
Researchers who've been hunting for Mona Lisa's skeleton are now opening up a family tomb in hopes of confirming Mona Lisa's existence. They want to confirm that bones they found last year under a convent are the remains of Lisa Gherardini. The family tomb they're cracking open is the resting place for Gherardini's…
Modern corporate culture is in L-O-V-E, love with meetings (and any opportunity to engage in groupthink). But if you look back, history's real intellectual heavyweights weren't "team players." Intellectual giants like DaVinci, Einstein, and even Steve Wozniak, all developed their best works in near solitude. Quiet, by…
Scientists have found the earliest copy of the Gioconda, the most famous smile in the world. In fact, it's so early that it was done by an apprentice at da Vinci's studio, at the same time or shortly after the original was made.
Even the brilliant mind of Leonardo da Vinci needed to jot things down in a notebook so he could remember what he needed to do. The only difference, of course, is that da Vinci's to-do list was much more complex than ours. I mean, who needs to calculate the measurement of Milan and its suburbs and learn how to repair…
You're the patient? Excellent, please lie down on this table. I'll be your doctor today but will be working from the next room, remotely controlling the needle-wielding robot above you—I'll try not to sneeze! Just kidding. So, who's ready for some eye surgery?
"The Battle of Anghiari" is a Leonardo da Vinci painting that many in his era called the Renaissance Man's finest work. The problem is that it's been lost since the 1500's. Many people, however, believe it's hidden behind a brick wall and a photographer thinks he can snap a picture of the work—through the brick…
Salvator Mundi, or "Savior of the World" is a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that's been lost for centuries. Art historians have confirmed that deeper in the painting, you can see the "miraculous softness" and the "delicate paint" of Leonardo.
Sticking glass in your eye is objectively a bad idea. And yet, in the 1800s, there were several highly educated individuals repeating that very action.
Secretly at night the group of robots at Seattle Children's Hospital threw a party for Blinky the Surgeonator, who turned five-years-old this week.
Blinky opened his own gift which was lovely bottle of WD40 and enjoyed some some silver robot cake.
It takes hundreds upon hundreds of practice hours for surgical students to develop the hand-eye coordination and muscle memory needed to handle complex operations. This new system aims to speed that process by literally holding the surgeon's hands.
A team of researchers in Italy are on the hunt to find the real Mona Lisa. That lawn mower looking machine they're holding is actually a geo-radar device that will scan the ground to locate the skull of the mysterious woman with an even more mysterious smile.
What, you're surprised this robot can fold a paper airplane? I'll have you know that this is the very same robot that regularly performs prostate surgery. On humans, yes. But there's a small (very small) twist at the end of this video—keep watching, yes keep watching... [TechFlash via CrunchGear]
Razorfish, already cozy with Microsoft thanks to its Surface demos and applications, has tried its hands (pun!) at Kinect with an impressive motion-based demonstration called DaVinci. Force powers for the next Star Wars game, anyone?
Ancient drawings unearthed on DaVinci's desk have led to speculation that he was actually the creator of Android, not Andy Rubin and Google. Or so you'd think, looking at this brilliant iSteamAndy t-shirt...
Robots named McSleepy and DaVinci, I might add. I'm not sure I'd trust them with anything other than bed-making and painting, but one chap agreed to go under the knife in the world's first robotic surgery.
Sure, Digital Storm's new DaVinci workstation is designed for pros in fields like video editing, it sure looks like a rig a rich nerd would bring to a LAN party.
At one time in history, even da Vinci himself had to pen a resume to explain why he was a qualified applicant. Here's a translation of his letter to the Duke of Milan, enumerating his many talents and abilities.