Ikea Just Bought a Wind Farm Big Enough To Power All Its U.S. Stores

It takes a lot of energy to keep the lights on as you greedily pile ¢59 kitchen dongles and weird cookies into that blue bag, which is why Ikea is making a push to offset its total energy consumption by 2020. This week, it took a big step towards doing so by buying a wind farm in Illinois. » 4/11/14 5:30pm 4/11/14 5:30pm

Wake Up at the B&B from Groundhog Day Every Morning for Eternity

Just a day after the real-life Punxsutawney Phil forecast six more weeks of winter, the bed and breakfast where Groundhog Day was filmed hit the market. You could buy it, set an old-fashioned clock radio to go off at 6:00 a.m. playing "I Got You, Babe," and relive the same day over and over—and over and over and over… » 2/04/14 4:40pm 2/04/14 4:40pm

Aerial photos reveal the destructive path of the Midwest tornado

Tornadoes ripped through the Midwest of the United States earlier today and the damage it left behind is absolutely tragic. These pictures of Washington, Illinois, the worst area affected, show how a community gets shredded by natural disaster. The path is violent, the ground is scarred and the homes are just gone. » 11/18/13 11:26pm 11/18/13 11:26pm

Study: Drinking Two Beers Makes You Clever

If you're hung up on a brain-twizzling problem, crack a brew. A new study from the University of Illinois suggest that, contrary to common belief, alcohol's buzz might actually improve your problem-solving skills. » 4/13/12 1:00am 4/13/12 1:00am

US Officials Investigating Hacker Attack Against Illinois Water Supply

On November 8th, foreign hackers were reportedly able to infiltrate a central Illinois utility and remotely reset the system and damage a water pump. If confirmed, would will be the first foreign cyber attack against a US utility. » 11/18/11 7:26pm 11/18/11 7:26pm

IntelliWheels AGS Shifts the Wheelchair Into a Higher Gear

Scott Daigle, a graduate engineering student at the University of Illinois, looked at the wheelchair, then at the bicycle, and then back at the wheelchair and asked "Why not a gear system on a wheelchair?" Then he built one. » 7/24/11 11:00am 7/24/11 11:00am

The Silver Conductive Pen: Poindexter's Gonna Need a Bigger Pocket…

A warning to the nerd who dares mix his ballpoints with this pen! It's a dangerous life for a nerdlinger, now the University of Illinois has introduced a pen that writes electrical circuits in real silver. » 6/29/11 12:40pm 6/29/11 12:40pm

Farnsworth House Becomes Latest Lego Architecture Set to Store Away…

We thought Lego would never bring out another set in its Architecture series, but here we go—the beautiful Farnsworth House, which you may recognize thanks to its mid-century modernism design and National Historic Landmark seal-of-approval. » 4/08/11 7:40am 4/08/11 7:40am

Recording a Police Officer Could Get You 15 Years in Jail

Citizens recording their public interactions with police sure seems like the kind of thing that would prevent corruption, harassment and bad behavior by cops. Just don't do it in Illinois, where it's punishable by up to 15 years in prison. » 1/24/11 3:40am 1/24/11 3:40am

Abraham Lincoln As You've Never Seen Him

Follow the 16th President of the United States from his meteoric rise to his untimely demise in stunning stereoscope! » 12/21/10 1:20pm 12/21/10 1:20pm

: Gullah Women of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, prepare sea island cotton for the ginning mills of the Alex. Knox Plantation near Charleston in the ca. 1864 photograph by George N.…

Kites Back In the Olden Days Were a Lot More Serious-Looking

Serious, you ask? Serious, I say—just look at the collection of kites below, that were flown on a windy day back in 1957 at the University of Illinois' Kite Derby Day. Each is more mathematical-inspired than the last. » 8/31/10 12:20pm 8/31/10 12:20pm

Instant Hot Tub? Just Add Water and Quicklime

This is how you make a hot tub, hillbilly style. Three guys from the prairies of Illinois turned an old stock tank sitting in the open air into a jacuzzi, and heated it up using quicklime, that scary caustic stuff that burns your skin off if you're not too careful. A video of how they did it, using gas masks, tin… » 4/18/08 9:40am 4/18/08 9:40am

Father and Sons Build Electric Car—a Popemobile for Pharaohs

Greg Zanis' Dream Car is a solar-powered pyramid on four wheels that he built at home with the help of his two sons. Deceptively fragile, this little one-seater weighs in at 8,000 pounds, but its 80 batteries powering four electric engines really make it shift. Find out how fast, and watch the video of it pootling… » 2/19/08 1:20pm 2/19/08 1:20pm

Paranoid Home Owners Waging War on City-wide Wi-Fi

If New York got city-wide Wi-Fi, I'd be the happiest cat in town, which is why I don't get the people behind the Healthy Home Alliance in Naperville, IL. They're actually trying to shut down the city's attempts at blanketing the town with Wi-Fi. According to the HHA, "Wi-Fi transmitters function at 2.45 GHz, which is… » 2/21/07 6:09pm 2/21/07 6:09pm