Bill Gates Says Our Energy System Is Broken And He's Giving $2 Billion To Fix It

Infectious diseases like polio and malaria might be gone in 15 years because the founder of Microsoft devoted a foundation to eradicating them. Now Bill Gates has turned his attention towards our global energy crisis, which he thinks can also be fixed with better R&D. And, yes, he’s going to fund it. »11/04/15 8:30pm11/04/15 8:30pm


How Low-Tech Farming Innovation Can Make African Farmers Climate-Resilient

Scientists, politicians and the Pope are not the only ones calling for action on climate change these days. Farmers are observing changes in rainfall, temperature and other patterns in weather that have spurred them into shifting their farming methods. In fact, while climate change is not a source of scientific… »9/22/15 3:30am9/22/15 3:30am

Some Of The Strangest Flying Machines Ever Built

It’s been just over a century and change since the first airplane flight. And an amazing amount of innovation has happened to aviation since then. Along with quite a bit of weird experiments, that didn’t entirely pan out. Here are fascinating videos of some of the strangest flying machines ever invented! »4/02/15 8:05pm4/02/15 8:05pm

With Better Built-In Shock Absorbers, These Power Tools Barely Vibrate

The worst thing about working with handheld power tools is the constant and intense vibrations from oscillating parts that leave your hands and arms shaking, and make it harder to do detailed precision work. So researchers developed a handheld oscillator with 70 percent less vibration and half the noise. »3/30/15 9:20am3/30/15 9:20am

3D-Printed Guns Are Only Getting Better, and Scarier

A couple years ago, when a 25-year-old law student in Texas said he was going to 3D-print a gun, nobody took him seriously. Then, he actually did it. And then, a lot of people started doing it. Now, it's so easy that some protestors are going make a gun inside the Texas State Capitol with a special gun machine. This… »1/06/15 1:15pm1/06/15 1:15pm

A Bezos-Funded Center for Innovation Explores Seattle's Tech Roots

From Seattle's well-known corporate behemoths—Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco—to its less-obvious innovators, like Nirvana and Dale Chihuly, a new permanent exhibition funded by Jeff Bezos explores the idea that innovation is a key part of the city's identity. The Bezos Center for Innovation at… »1/03/14 3:40pm1/03/14 3:40pm

Making Nikola Tesla a Saint Makes Us All Dumber

Mike Rugnetta over at the PBS Idea Channel has an interesting video about how popular history is made. Specifically, our popular understanding of the late inventor (and internet folk hero) Nikola Tesla. He argues that there are essentially two Teslas: The historical Tesla who did things like promote eugenics, and had… »9/13/13 2:24pm9/13/13 2:24pm

A Magical Window That Blocks Noise But Lets Breezes Pass Through

It's a warm summer night in the city, but instead of sleeping with the windows open to let a breeze in, you've got them all closed to keep your bedroom quiet. It's a 'lesser of two evils' decision that people living in crowded urban centers might soon not have to make. Researchers in South Korea have developed a… »7/08/13 12:20pm7/08/13 12:20pm

Steve Jobs Explains How Every Tech Innovation Will Be Lost to History

It's amazing the way a nice piece of tech can radically change the world over just a few years. Just decades ago, everything changed when we started putting computers in homes, and it changed again when we started putting them in pockets. But regardless of how revolutionary these innovations are, they're gone… »6/19/13 12:12pm6/19/13 12:12pm

What Was It? Tales of Inspiration From the World's Most Awe-Inspiring Minds

Technology is how we change the world around us; science is how we seek to understand it. Some people ignore, others dabble. And then there are the rare ones who revolutionize. The visionaries and big thinkers. The long-workers and midnight oil-burners. Some discover new worlds and novel technologies; others invent… »7/11/12 1:00pm7/11/12 1:00pm

This Mod, Mobius-Inspired Chair Totally Belongs on the Set of Mad Men

"The Up-Chair is an extremely emotional product." Hello, copywriting win. But truly, this chair is something special. Design by Martin Bellendat for Tonon Italia, the Up-Chair uses an integral solid-colored foam called Freeform Advanced to manufacture its bucket-like shell. The molecular structure of this innovative… »5/07/12 11:30pm5/07/12 11:30pm