This Bobbing Display Lets You Read While Running On a Treadmill

There's a recent fitness trend that sees people switching from a traditional desk to working on a treadmill to maximize their physical activity. The problem is that at anything more vigorous than a casual stride, it's difficult to read a static display while on a treadmill. At least until researchers at Purdue… » 4/16/13 10:04am 4/16/13 10:04am

What Happens When a 900MPH Ping Pong Serve Hits Your Paddle

There's no shortage of plans online for building a simple ping pong cannon that can fire balls at hundreds of miles per hour. But you're probably not going to find the details of Purdue University Professor Mark French's cannon, since his creation can accelerate a ping pong ball to 900 miles per hour, or just over… » 2/04/13 8:34am 2/04/13 8:34am

Take That, Duct Tape: Scotch Tape Turned Into Tiny Robotic Claw

It's not going to replace the claw that snatches prizes in the machine at your local arcade. But this tiny scotch tape gripper could one day provide a cheap and low-tech way for autonomous vehicles to snatch samples. And you thought duct tape was the king of adhesives. » 11/26/12 3:00pm 11/26/12 3:00pm

This Radiant Fryer Promises Deep Fried Foods Without a Side of Guilt

It might look like a souped-up bagel toaster you'd find in a cafeteria, but this radiant heat oven was designed by a Purdue University food researcher to fry up foods without requiring them to swim in a vat of fatty oil. Which means healthier fried foods with less calories, fat, and cooking times. » 11/19/12 4:40pm 11/19/12 4:40pm

Body Heat-Powered Drug Delivering Bandages Means No More Needles

The only painful part of wearing an adhesive bandage is having to peel them off, so researchers at Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center have developed a way to turn Band-Aids into a nearly pain free alternative to needles. By integrating a tiny heat-powered pump, adhesive patches could automatically deliver… » 9/17/12 12:51pm 9/17/12 12:51pm

Watch Surgeons Remove Glowing Cancer Cells From a Patient's Ovary

The surgeons in this (somewhat gory, you've been warned!) video followed a lighted path to the cancer cells they needed to remove. » 9/19/11 7:40pm 9/19/11 7:40pm

Record-Breaking Rube Goldberg Machine Also Simulates Entirety of History

Rube Goldberg contraptions are cool no matter what—but getting one to mechanize dinosaurs, WWII, the Cold War, and the 2012 apocalypse is extra icing. Extra extra icing is the machine's 244 steps—a new world record for convoluted mechanisms. » 4/22/11 5:20pm 4/22/11 5:20pm