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 3:40pm 1/03/14 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 2:24pm 9/13/13 2:24pm

3D-Printed Lego-Like Blocks Can Be Assembled by Robots into Spaceships

Not too long ago, a couple of MIT scientists asked themselves a lofty question: "Can you 3-D print an airplane?" It didn't take long for them to realize that 3D printing anything on that scale was impractical. But 3D-printing thousands of small, Lego-like building blocks? That could work. » 8/15/13 5:20pm 8/15/13 5:20pm

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 12:20pm 7/08/13 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 12:12pm 6/19/13 12:12pm

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

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 1:00pm 7/11/12 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 new … » 5/07/12 11:30pm 5/07/12 11:30pm

A Smart Garment With Life-Saving Implications

A potentially life-saving hooded bodysuit was debuted over the weekend at the Cornell Fashion Collective, designed by Matilda Ceesay '13, an apparel design major from Gambia. The one-piece garment—hand-dyed purple, gold and blue—features a mesh hood and cape and, as Ceesay explains, "explores and modernizes traditional… » 5/02/12 3:20am 5/02/12 3:20am

Bready Bandages Will Dissolve Into Sugar Once You've Healed

Penn State's department of food science has been hard at work using an electrospinning device to stretch fibrous strands out of a biodegradable food-starch solution. Using a solvent to dissolve the starch into a fluid, long strands are spun, which, in great quantity, can be woven together together as one would a… » 5/01/12 9:20pm 5/01/12 9:20pm

Descriptive Camera Doesn't Take Pictures, But Has a Masterful Command…

Matt Richardson's "Descriptive Camera" doesn't take pictures, not even blurry ones. But it works just fine. Rather than capturing an image on film, Richardson's invention (a prototype built for a Computational Cameras class at New York University‘s Interactive Telecommunications Program) prints out a descriptive bit of… » 4/25/12 9:40pm 4/25/12 9:40pm

How An Auto Body Innovation Revolutionized the Way We Build Skyscrapers

Certainly you've assembled a piece of Ikea furniture and experienced that special kind of frustration that comes with realizing the screw holes don't line up and you have to take everything apart and put it together it again. Now imagine this problem at 750 feet in the air with massive steel girders instead of… » 2/09/12 12:00pm 2/09/12 12:00pm