How a Man Who Wore a Fake Uterus Is Reinventing Sanitary Pads

This is story about a man who created—and wore—a fake, bleeding uterus made out of a bladder and goat's blood. This is also a story about an inventor breaking profound taboos to revolutionize the lives of women. Either way, how a school dropout in India came to invent a cheaper way to make sanitary pads is a tale at… » 3/04/14 7:20pm 3/04/14 7:20pm

How It Feels to Ride an Electric Citibike

If you've ever ridden a Citibike (or any similar bike-share bicycle) you know: those suckers are heavy. And, if you've ever ridden up anything near an incline, you know that heavy bikes absolutely suck on hills. Wouldn't it be great to just push a button instead? » 2/28/14 4:40pm 2/28/14 4:40pm

Let's laugh at all these old ridiculous inventions we came up with

Visions of the future from the past always serve as an endless source of comedy. Look how dumb we were! Look how silly those people look! Look! Look! It's completely true. Our imaginations of the future are rooted in the limits of today which typically makes it an awful thought exercise. So in a few years, we'll look… » 12/23/13 6:02pm 12/23/13 6:02pm

How the Electric Guitar Was Invented

For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans. Some scholars even speculate that human music may have come before language. From the beginning, people living in little groups sang and danced to self-made music. Drums and pipes were… » 10/29/13 8:00am 10/29/13 8:00am

Alexander Graham Bell's Failed Flying Machine Reborn As a Floating City

In 1899, the inventor of the telephone set out to solve another problem: The airplane. He failed miserably. Really, really miserably. But this summer, a team of architects and engineers have resurrected his 106-year-old design for a flying machine for a very different purpose: As a model for floating, solar-powered… » 8/15/13 3:01pm 8/15/13 3:01pm

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence Is Absolutely Fascinating

We poke fun at Siri and pretend to get scared by Humanoid robots and make our neck hair stand up straight by watching quadrocopters do amazing things but the truth is, artificial intelligence is still pretty dumb. But that's going to change! The rise of artificial intelligence is happening and they're learning a lot… » 7/11/13 11:20pm 7/11/13 11:20pm

Velcro: The Accidental and Physically Painful History

Lifejackets, wall fixtures, Nerf guns, orthopedic shoes: all things that make life just that much better and all things that rely on the magical properties of velcro hook and loop fastening systems. Which you might know by the more ubiquitous brand name, Velcro®. Because when you call something "Velcro," you're referring… » 6/06/13 5:20pm 6/06/13 5:20pm

Elevator Shelving Means You'll Never Have To Reach Again

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but this time it was actually the mother of Canadian inventor Shlomo Shwartz. When he saw her using a stool to grab something from an out-of-reach shelf, he was inspired to come up with a safer solution. And so the Shelevator—an elevator for shelves—was born. » 10/24/12 10:47am 10/24/12 10:47am

9 Scientific Breakthroughs That Happened Totally by Accident

You may recall that inventions like the microwave and Play-Doh were mere happy accidents. And of course you've heard of Alexander Fleming's penicillin jackpot. But there are so many more scientific breakthroughs that came about through sheer dumb luck that you may not have heard of. » 8/30/12 3:20pm 8/30/12 3:20pm