The Crazy, Broken Food Superhighway That Supplies America's Produce

You might know that a lot of produce moves from Mexico to the U.S. But the infrastructure and economics of that system are incredibly screwed up—like throwing tons of ripe tomatoes into a landfill screwed up. » 3/20/15 12:30pm 3/20/15 12:30pm

Newark's Fancy New LED Lights Have Little Spy Cams Inside

The next time you're passing through Newark airport, look up and smile. The airport's new super-efficient LED light fixtures are also embedded with cameras and sensors—and they're part of a growing market for surveillance technology that is built into other, everyday systems. » 2/18/14 11:20am 2/18/14 11:20am

This GPS-Based Plane Tracker Makes Highways in the Sky

At bustling traffic hubs like O'Hare International, planes can spend an interminably long time waiting for their turn to land. And at airports like Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International, pilots must contend with tight flight paths to avoid crowded population centers and hills on their final approach. But thanks to a new… » 9/11/13 11:39am 9/11/13 11:39am

5 Smart Building Skins That Breathe, Farm Energy, and Gobble Up Toxins

Technically speaking, the smart facade—or building envelope that adapts to environmental conditions—dates back to the first window. But the contemporary idea of the smart facade has only been around for a few short decades, helped along by recent advances in chemical and material science. And over the past three… » 9/05/13 9:20am 9/05/13 9:20am

How Animal Employees Are Saving US Taxpayers Millions

Between the Great Recession and federal Sequestration cuts, officials at all levels of government are scrambling to scrimp and save money anywhere they can, no matter how offbeat the method. Even if it means foregoing the latest technological solutions for a more traditional, holistic approach—like exploiting the… » 8/22/13 2:43pm 8/22/13 2:43pm

Pogoplug Video Now Streams Your HD Footage Over the Internet

Cloud Systems' Pogoplug is the little Linux-based box that can turn any hard drive into a NAS/Server, streaming photos and music not only over LAN, but the internet as well. With the latest iteration, Pogoplug can now stream HD video. » 1/06/11 1:00pm 1/06/11 1:00pm

The Bulletproof Clipboard: For When Secret Santa Goes Very, Very Wrong

I don't know what your office holiday party is like (I would if you invited me!), but around here a bulletproof clipboard would have made caroling with coworkers a whole lot less terrifying. » 12/16/10 6:00pm 12/16/10 6:00pm

How To: Keep a Severed Head Alive

Ready for some service? Here's a patent, awarded in 1985, describing a system for "perfusing an animal head." Creepily, the head shown in the diagram is not an animal's. Wait what's that? You want to see it in action? Welp... » 11/16/10 11:40pm 11/16/10 11:40pm

Very Bad News: Iran Now Has Solid-Fuel Missiles

Click to viewThis is really scary news: Iran has successfully tested their Sajjil-2 yesterday. Why is this really scary? Because it is a two-stage solid fuel missile, which represents a giant leap in reaching the continental United States. Here's how: » 12/18/09 12:00pm 12/18/09 12:00pm

Standardized PC System Requirements Are Coming, Will Help Unify PC…

Kotaku says that the PC Gaming Alliance, a group of game developers and hardware makers, is working on building a standardized set of system requirements for PC gaming. » 4/27/09 2:20pm 4/27/09 2:20pm

Smart Lid For Dumb Coffee Lovers


My 9-month-old son has one of these sippy cups that changes color to tell me when his milk is too warm. And now with SmartLid technology we can all be treated like infants! The Lid is brown when it's off the cup. When it goes on a hot drink, it turns red. (Red means danger boys and girls.) As the drink cools down, it… » 11/02/05 11:15am 11/02/05 11:15am