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Thermos Designed a Mug For the Slowest Sipping Tea Drinkers

It's supposed to be a beverage that you slowly slip and savor, but once you've brewed a cup of tea it's a race against the clock—and thermodynamics—to enjoy it while it's hot. A thick ceramic mug helps with that problem, but even better is the double-walled insulated engineering that went into Thermos' new tea… » 12/12/13 3:41pm 12/12/13 3:41pm

Sleek Thermos Is a Tribute To Cutting-Edge 1980s Computer Graphics

When computer graphics was in its infancy—well before CG dinosaurs appeared—a simple 3D model of a teapot was used for testing software and new rendering techniques. And the simple lines of Normann Copenhagen's Geo thermos is reminiscent of that time when CG was comparatively primitive to what we see on screen today. » 8/29/12 3:00pm 8/29/12 3:00pm

CIA-Style Hide and Seek: Exploding Notebooks, Suicide Needles, Rectal…

The freakiest thing about reading CIA gadget lore is that it's all real. The nerds working for the agency's Office of Technical Services were always devising and building gadgets to get people out of—or into—difficult situations. Here's a rundown of crazy stuff from the Spytech book, not necessarily stuff you'd carry… » 5/23/08 7:30pm 5/23/08 7:30pm

Smart Mug Heats, Maintains Liquid Temperature

As good as regular mugs are, that damn second law of thermodynamics always wins out in the end, making sure your hot coffee is now just bitter luke-warm liquid. But with the Smart Mug, all you have to do is set a temperature, plug it into your car's cigarette lighter, and you've got yourself some always-hot beverages. » 4/27/07 8:00pm 4/27/07 8:00pm