Here's how much stronger carbon fiber is compared to steel in one GIF

What you're looking at is a carbon fiber drive shaft and a steel drive shaft being twisted with force until they break. As you can see in this torque test between the two, the carbon fiber shaft doesn't budge (that's not a still image, folks) while the steel shaft cork screws itself and becomes deformed under the same… » 2/12/14 7:16pm 2/12/14 7:16pm

Ear Pressure Equalizer Sucks On Your Eardrum to Un-Pop It in Planes

Now that's a headline you won't see often, and yet that's exactly what this gizmo does. You pop it in your ear, and squeeze it to create negative pressure outside your eardrum, thus compensating for the sometimes painful inward-flex caused as the aircraft you're flying in descends from altitude. Or you climb back down… » 10/28/08 6:20am 10/28/08 6:20am

Apple Applies For Another Force Sensitive Touchscreen Patent

With this patent and the one filed last week, Apple's got more force sensitivity than Luke and Darth combined. The latest one, titled "Force and Location Sensitive Display," detects both where your finger is and how hard you're pressing down on a display. Skipping over the technical details of how this is done, the… » 10/11/07 2:45pm 10/11/07 2:45pm