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The Volkswagen XL1 Is The Most Efficient Car Ever

Drive more than 500 miles on two gallons of fuel<p>For years, automakers have worked to push fuel economy beyond 100 miles per gallon. Reaching that mark typically meant three things: cutting weight, maximizing aerodynamics, and improving powertrain efficiency. In 1999, Volkswagen engineers got close …

Fuel Efficiency

Forget training wheels: This bike balances itself

Training wheels are great for getting kids rolling, but they don't really develop the balance required for real riding. Jyrobike takes a different approach to the learning process, providing a more authentic cycling experience while still offering the stability new starters need. That's because …

Five Reasons China Won't Be A Big Threat To America's Global Power

China’s rapid economic rise and growing assertiveness in relations with other nations has provoked concern in Washington that America is facing a new rival for global dominance. World Bank estimates suggest China may surpass the purchasing power of the U.S. economy as early as this year, meaning …

How Costa Coffee Used Data To Drive Loyalty And Sales

By Meg Carter4 minute Read<p>With a coffee shop, maybe two, on every street corner, coffee has become the ultimate takeout commodity. Yet despite coffee …

Costa Coffee

The secret to unlocking creativity at the office

Creativity happens when boundaries are crossed.<p>Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams were just small town teachers in Woodland Park, Colorado, when they came up with an idea they believed could change the way many students are taught.<p>They wanted a way to avoid boring lectures and tedious homework. So they …

Creativity

Porsche 918 Spyder Performance Estimates Revised from "Wow" to "Insane"

Porsche’s latest supercar, the hybridized 918 Spyder, already was pretty awesome. It impressed us during our first drive on the track, laid down a record lap at the Nürburgring, and was tagged with sparkling performance numbers to boot. Now, the latter are even better, as Porsche has announced that …

Device Could Harvest Wasted Energy From Wi-Fi, Satellite Signals

It converts stray microwaves into electricity.<p>A wireless device developed by researchers at Duke University that converts microwaves into electricity could eventually harvest Wi-Fi or satellite signals for power, according to its creators. It could also one day be built into cell phones to let them …

Moss: a Modular Robotics Toy for All Ages

Packaging the power of modular robotics into an easy-to-use hardware interface, MOSS lets kids build their own machinations.<p>Eric Schweikardt loves Legos—and Erector sets, and creating his own Capsela machinations, too. From an early age, he was building. Now, after receiving an advanced degree in …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

Gear & Gadgets

The Corner Lift

Clever Packaging Design is also worthy of mention on our pages and this is why I bring to you the Corner Box. The box provides a small concave space …

Drinkable Sea Water

Before you scream ‘absurd’, let me tell you that I am talking about Puri – a sea water desalinating bottle. There are several ways to remove saline …

World's Thinnest Glass Created Accidentally By Researchers In U.S., Germany

Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick.<p>Their chance finding — now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, out this week — gives scientists a glimpse into the puzzling properties of glass, which behaves like both …

The Future is Now: 9 Unbelievable (Real) Technologies That Exist Today (PHOTOS)

According to Moore’s Law, it is generally held that the processing power in our computing technology is destined to double every two years. With respect to the trend first recognized in 1965, it only takes a glance at the headlines covering the high-concept gadgets and gizmos of today to notice …

Flat Paintings Produce Incredible 3D Optical Illusions

New York-based artist Justen Ladda has an amazing eye for perspective and distortion. Since the 1980s, he has combined painting with sculpture to produce flat installations that, from a distance, appear three dimensional. With precision and a vivid imagination, Ladda has developed so many different …

Digital Art

Redox Power Plans To Roll Out Dishwasher-Sized Fuel Cells That Cost 90% Less Than Currently Available Fuel Cells

Redox Power Systems, a Fulton, MD-based start-up company founded last year, sealed the deal on a partnership with researchers at the University of Maryland to commercialize a potentially game-changing distributed generation technology.<p>Redox says that it plans to bring to market a fuel cell that is …

Biodegradable Utensils That Let You Eat (With) Your Vegetables

They may be compostable, but you’ll have a hard time throwing them out.<p>We’ve known for ages that our sense of taste is inextricably linked with olfactory cues. More recently, we learned that the size and weight, even the color, of the utensils we eat with influences our perceptions of food. Now …

FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

Herzog & de Meuron's Latest Tower: Jade Signature

Fortune International has released images of a 57-story, Herzog and de Meuron-designed residential tower in Miami. With interiors by Parisian firm …

Mightier than the sword…

Practical from any angle, the All In One Pen can act as a ruler, compass, protractor, and, of course, a pen. The sleek, simple metallic exterior …

What Google's Chromecast Has That All the Other Web-to-TV Devices Don't

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Google today announced a new Internet-to-television device, a well-developed area of technology that …

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Baan Moom / Integrated Field

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This house for a family of five is located on Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 101/1, next to their old house where …

Architecture

Over The Edge

I almost disregarded the value of the Edge Tape until I came across the thankless job of helping a friend pack his boxes, when he needed to move a …

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

3D Printing

The 10 Worst Places To Live In The Universe

And you thought 97 degrees F was bad.<p>Recently, we told you about an exoplanet that rains glass. <i>Sideways</i>. Which got us thinking: 1.) we will never complain about the weather here on Earth again and 2.) surely that's got to be the worst place to live in the entire universe. But no! With the help of …

2013 Invention Awards: Suborbital Safeguard

A sleek, comfortable space suit designed to protect high-flying tourists.<p>During NASA's 2007 Astronaut Glove Challenge, costume fabricator Ted Southern met fellow competitor Nikolay Moiseev, a Russian space-suit builder. Although each walked away from the competition empty-handed, they formed a …

Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …

MS damage repair treatment looked at by Edinburgh researchers

<b>New treatments that could help slow the progression of multiple sclerosis could be a step closer due to research by Edinburgh University.</b><p>In MS patients the protective layer around nerve cells in the brain, known as myelin, is broken down.<p>Scientists have discovered that immune cells, known as …

Multiple Sclerosis

Private Company To Put A Telescope On The Moon

Lunar citizen science by 2016!<p>Private space exploration is coming to the Moon, and soon. The world's first mission to the Moon's sunny South Pole will put a private telescope on a the lunar peak Malapert Mountain as early as 2015.<p>Moon Express, a private 'lunar commerce' startup, and the …

Hyperloop and Friends: Why Don't We Have Super-High-Speed Rail Already?

Engineers for decades have dreamed of transit systems that can go faster than ordinary MagLev and approach speeds of many hundreds of miles per hour, like Elon Musk has proposed with this forthcoming Hyperloop proposal. So why don't we have them yet?<p><b>San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour.</b> Do …