Designing a Shadowless Skyscraper Isn't Magic, Just Good Science

The boom in skyscrapers is good for elevator manufacturers, but can be bad for residents who have to live in the shadow (literally or otherwise). Using computer-aided design and some seriously big mirrors, architects in London have come up with a plan to build a pair of skyscrapers with no shadow at all. » 3/15/15 10:03pm 3/15/15 10:03pm

These Sun-Tracking Devices Pipe Real Sunlight Into Shadowy Buildings

It's a necessary evil of designing in cities: Only the tallest or most perfectly situated buildings get much sunlight. A company called Sun Central thinks it has a solution—in the form of an autonomous sun-tracking mechanism that sucks up sunlight and pipes it into dark buildings. » 8/27/14 8:00am 8/27/14 8:00am

10 Gadgets That Help You Cope With The End of Daylight Saving Time

Ever since daylight saving time ended last weekend, I've been a little depressed. By the time work is through, there is nothing but bleak, cold darkness outside. It perpetually feels later than it really is, and the horrible reality is that it will only get worse. By December 21st many of us will be experiencing… » 11/07/08 4:00pm 11/07/08 4:00pm

Corona Lamps Are Like Sunflowers For Your Tortured Soul

These lamps from designers Emi Fujita and Shane Kohatsu are shaped like sunflowers, sort of, and collect solar power so they can light up your garden at night. The best part about these outdoor lights is that they don't have to be outdoors. You can attach these to the wall, as shown above, and they'll still do a good… » 5/24/07 4:00pm 5/24/07 4:00pm

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) 2B1 Prototype Display Goes Greyscale in Daylight

In order to make the display of the OLPC more visible in broad daylight, its designers decided to allow the display to shift from color to 200dpi greyscale under sunlight—both clever and cost-effective. It's great they addressed this problem now, since if there's one thing developing countries have a lot of, it's… » 10/13/06 6:00pm 10/13/06 6:00pm