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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …