How These Microscopic Diamonds Are Going to Shape the Future

No doubt you're already familiar with the many ways graphene promises to save us all, but there's another (so-called) miracle material out there vying for your attention—and it's sparkly, to boot. Say hello to the latest and greatest substance to kick science's ass straight into the future: the nanodiamond. » 4/09/14 10:00am 4/09/14 10:00am

Car Mechanic Dreams Up Genius Baby-Vacuum To Ease Births

Counter to everything you've ever been told, it appears that wrapping babies' heads in plastic bags may very well be the key to a full and happy life—at least for those born of obstructed labor, anyway. And what's more, this novel idea came about from one of the most unlikely sources: a car mechanic dreaming about… » 11/14/13 12:58pm 11/14/13 12:58pm

This mind-bending machine completes one turn every 2.3 trillion years

This machine by Arthur Ganson just blew my mind: its engine runs at 200 revolutions per minute but the last gear of its 12-gear mechanism is locked to a block of concrete. It looks still but, in reality, it is moving. You just can't see it because it completes one revolution every two trillion years. How the hell is… » 11/03/13 12:07am 11/03/13 12:07am

Tour the Wondrous, Hand-Cranked World of a Modern-Day da Vinci

This gorgeous experimental film by director Joey Bania explores the unique and dazzlingly creative world of Blair Somerville, resident inventor, tinkerer, and self-described "organic mechanic" of Popotowai, New Zealand. The film, which mixes elements of documentary film making with time-lapse motifs and stop-motion… » 9/17/13 5:40pm 9/17/13 5:40pm

This Insect Grows Its Own Microscopic Gears to Move Absurdly Fast

When you think of the fastest accelerators in the animal kingdom, large, muscular mammals will probably be the first that come to mind. But steady among them is the inconspicuous adolescent issus, who can hit an acceleration of 400 gs in 2 milliseconds flat (humans lose consciousness over 5 gs)—all thanks to what… » 9/12/13 4:20pm 9/12/13 4:20pm

How One Perfect Shot Saved Pinball From Being Illegal

In May of 1976 in New York City, Roger Sharpe watched nervously as city council members piled into a Manhattan courtroom. Reporters and camera operators had already begun setting up, eagerly anticipating the proceedings ahead. Roger, a young magazine writer for GQ and the New York Times among others, did not expect… » 8/16/13 12:00pm 8/16/13 12:00pm

Quantum Encryption Network Goes Live, Claims To Be Unbreakable

Scientists have connected up the world's first computer network protected by “quantum cryptography,” a supposedly unbreakable system that functions off a scheme based on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. For us non-science folk, that means that you can't grab information transmitted through the network without… » 10/09/08 11:00pm 10/09/08 11:00pm