Karen Hofmann

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Pollution-Killing Material: Smog-Eating Cement

Remember that crazy CO2 Scraper Concept? It called for a towering structure filled with trees, to scrub the surrounding air of carbon dioxide. Well, …

Pollution

Gross Stray Hairs, Crystallized Into Beautiful Gems

There’s nothing more nauseating than finding a stray hair in your food, especially when you know it isn’t your own. But it wasn’t always this way. The hair started out as a beautiful thing sitting atop someone’s head. Sure it’s gross in your soup, but you weren’t complaining five minutes earlier …

Text(ile) Messages: Cozy Up To Glitch Art

Phillip Stearns weaves gorgeous blankets and tapestries from the unlikely media of fried cameras and digital error.<p>For multimedia artist Phillip Stearns, 2012 was the Year of the Glitch. Every day for a year, he posted a piece of his “glitch art” to the project’s Tumblr page, as a way of, as he put …

Extracted

Beyond Nike+: This Smart Sock Tracks Workouts, And It’s Washable

Thanks to cloth sensors, this sock can track how you run but stays soft and machine washable. And it teases a future of smart clothing to come.<p>Right now, you might wear a Nike+ Fuelband, a FitBit Flex, a Withings Pulse, or a Jawbone Up. But as neat as these activity trackers may be, their view is …

Washing Machines

Otherworldly Pics Of The Iridescent Universe Inside Meteorites

If the sky is falling and meteorites mean an end to all of us, at least let them look like this.<p>Meteorites–the chunks of debris from space that may have killed the dinosaurs and sometimes threaten humans, too–are usually lumpy, gray, and sinister-looking from the outside.<p>But when cracked open and …

Meteorites

Carbon Fiber and Graphene: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great (and Become Even Stronger) Together

We've looked at carbon fiber in 3D-printed bikes, in furniture design, and coming out of Lexus' crazy 360-degree loom. The stuff has long been …

Nanotech