Ingenious Infrared Microwave Shows Your Food Change Color As It Heats Up

After watching this video I feel like the best microwave I've ever used sucked very badly. What you see here is a concept for the Heat Map Microwave, which would have a built-in IR camera on top and a screen on the front, effectively allowing you to see exactly when your food has been heated all the way through. Get… »2/11/15 12:00pm2/11/15 12:00pm

The Aloof Blackjack Player Who Created Our Digital World

Every digital device you use operates on a string of ones and zeroes, the binary "yes/no" decision at the foundation of modern computing. It's a concept so fundamental to our modern day that we rarely stop to wonder where it came from. But it's all the work of one man: Claude Shannon, whose fascinating story you've… »6/28/14 8:00pm6/28/14 8:00pm

An Intricate Typeface Made Out of History's Greatest Inventions

When she was a design student, Khyati Trehan embarked on an ambitious project to highlight history's 26 most influential inventors with a unique alphabet. Remarkably, each letter of the special typeface is drawn with a world-changing invention while also name-checking the inventor. The letter "E," for instance, is… »5/12/14 3:25pm5/12/14 3:25pm

Former NASA Engineer Turned Super Soaker Inventor Just Got Very Rich

Lonnie Johnson's having a good week. The former NASA engineer just won $73 million in a royalties dispute with the toymaker Hasbro for inventing the Super Soaker, the coolest toy you ever had growing up. The lawsuit also covered royalties for Nerf which Johnson also masterminded because he is awesome. »11/07/13 11:01am11/07/13 11:01am

NYC Nikola Tesla Exhibit Opens Tomorrow, In Time For His 157th Birthday

A new exhibit dedicated to the work of Nikola Tesla opens tomorrow at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Called Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity, this homage to the late inventor was assembled with help from the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia. Why tomorrow? Because July 10th is Tesla's birthday,… »7/09/13 4:41pm7/09/13 4:41pm

Teleprompter Inventor Hub Schlafly Scrolls Up to that Big Newscast In the Sky

In the late 1940s, a young television engineer was called upon to figure out a way for actors to better remember their lines. Hubert "Hub" Schlafly wasted no time with the assignment, devising a motorized scroll in a half-suitcase that was placed just off camera. The teleprompter—and decades of assured newscasts and… »4/27/11 8:40pm4/27/11 8:40pm