​The Best Spring-Loaded Running Shoes

Can adding springs—polycarbonate or rubber—to the soles of running shoes help you run faster? We tested three new shoes from Adidas, Reebok and new Swiss brand On Running to find out. Surprisingly, the answer was a pretty definitive yes. » 8/28/14 4:25pm 8/28/14 4:25pm

Audi Suspension Springs Are Trading Steel for Composites

Forget what you know about car suspension: Audi is tearing up the rule book and making its latest springs from glass fiber-reinforced composite instead of steel. It's not gone mad, though; this is the future. » 7/03/14 9:20am 7/03/14 9:20am

NASA Proposes High-Tech Fix for Shaking Moon Rocket: Springs

Development of NASA's Ares Moon rockets continues apace, despite criticisms from an team designing an alternative. Now NASA engineers have announced how they're going to deal with a potentially serious vibration problem in the crew-launched Ares I: springs. » 8/12/08 8:55am 8/12/08 8:55am

Conceptual Non-Lethal Mousetraps Made from Everyday Objects

Industrial designer Roger Arquer came up with four ideas for a non-lethal mousetrap using household objects such as lightbulbs, paper clips, springs and pint glasses. And, of course, cheese. Check the gallery below for his ingenious devices. » 10/23/07 6:11am 10/23/07 6:11am