Bruce Shapiro’s Sisyphus is a magic machine that shows a steel ball rolling around in the sand to create wonderfully intricate sand drawings. The balls are all controlled with magnets but they seem to have a mind of their own. It’s like making a Zen Garden, only with the sorcery of magnets instead of old style rakes. »
Not content with creating a robot cheetah that can run and jump over obstacles at astonishing speeds, researchers at MIT have also developed this incredibly tiny origami robot that can not only fold itself, it can also walk, swim, and then destroy itself when it’s no longer needed. »
When magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners reach the end of their lifetime, hospitals have to deal with a large piece of electronic waste, stuffed with potentially dangerous parts. Unless a physics lab can make use of them.
A special visitor recently arrived at Brookhaven National Laboratory after a weeks-long cross-country trek, requesting a homecooked meal and shower, probably.
It didn't take long for those "Will it Blend?" videos to get long in the tooth. You can only watch so many smartphones being torn to shreds before the novelty wears off. But to celebrate the birth of his 40th grandkid, Tom Dickson tosses a mountain of magnetic Buckyballs into the blades and the results are as… »
Some would say simple building blocks didn't need improving, but Tegu's idea to add hidden magnets to help hold creations together was genius. And while kids have always been able to use Tegu's blocks to build robots and other high-tech toys with enough imagination, a handful of new sets with added graphics makes it… »
It's another Sunday and teams across the U.S. will take to the grid iron in an effort to scratch another W. These players will play the same as any other Sunday, and like any other Sunday, the sport's biggest threat will remain unaddressed. Sixty-nine concussions have already been reported this year, and odds would… »
Bluetooth speakers are ubiquitous these days, so it's no surprise to see some companies going out on a limb to set themselves apart. OM Audio, however, is venturing beyond that limb into thin air with its new OM/One floating speaker. Not only is levitation a neat gimmick, but it supposedly also helps the sound travel… »
Inspired by the coats of fur on some animals, researchers at MIT have developed a flexible skin-like material covered in thousands of tiny magnetic hairs that can move in varying directions in the presence of a magnetic field. That might not seem particularly useful, until MIT points out that the new material can be… »
This little superconducting magnet may look serene, but it in fact it's a record breaker, capable of creating three metric tons of force. »
Are you prone to losing your keys more often than you'd like to admit? You just need to settle on a specific place to put them every time you get home. And to make this routine enjoyable enough so that it becomes a habit, trying to hit this magnetic bullseye when you get home every night sounds entertaining enough. »
How is this floating pillow supporting the weight of this brick? Magic? Some sort of invisible string? Maybe it's an illusion to make it look like the pillow is floating and spinning but it really isn't? CGI!? Nope. »
Last year's laser violin was the first re-imagined stringed instrument that didn't actually have any strings. And not to be outdone in the orchestra pit of the future, this year it's the cello's turn to get a fancy stringless upgrade. But instead of lasers, the Magnetovore opts for magnets, requiring the musician to… »
If you require reading glasses, you'll inevitably get to an age where you tire of constantly misplacing them, and just accept that a neck strap is the way to go. But they're actually a handy accessory, and if you want to make the upgrade earlier without looking twenty years beyond your age, this pair of reading… »