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Mars Curiosity Rover becomes a Lego set, while real rover wheels suffer damage

Here's another use for your newfound holiday cash: On New Year's Day, the Mars Curiosity Rover will become an official Lego set. It's the latest success from the crowdsourced Lego Cuusoo project, which previously brought us the <i>Back to the Future</i> Lego DeLorean and — fittingly — a miniature <i>Minecraft</i> …

Delivery Drones are the Future

Amazon Prime made headlines recently with their vision for delivery drone system, but designer Stefan Riegebauer beat them to the punch almost a year …

Harman Kardon NOVA WHT High-Performance Wireless Stereo Speaker System (White)

• High-performance, 40-watt powered 2.0, stereo speaker system<br>• Performance-tuned drivers and passive radiators for a richer listening experience and …

How the Innovation Economy is Turning Makers Into Manufacturers

Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, is the cofounder of 3D Robotics, which sells small UAVs. How did he make the jump from editor to entrepreneur? These are the three factors lowering the barriers of entry.<p><b>Four years ago, when I was a magazine</b> editor, I bought one of the first …

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: It's the Packaging, Baby

When a manufacturer stuffs the biggest engine they make into the smallest body they offer, speed freaks take notice. When that model only comes with a manual gearbox, die-hard driving aficionados rejoice. And when said setup becomes discontinued and replaced with an automated, two-pedal gearbox-- …

AJ Fosik's New Wooden Sculptures Jump Off the Canvas

Portland, Oregon-based artist AJ Fosik creates bright, three-dimensional wooden works that look like vibrant illustrations come to life. The artist uses a radiant spectrum of colors for each of his pieces, exaggerating their animated nature. As a result, the sculptural works have a whimsical appeal …

Sculpture

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Encounter of the first kind: Rosetta on track for historic comet landing

Hundreds of millions of miles away and 10 years after launch, a European spaceship could be on the brink of discovering how life appeared on Earth<p>At precisely 10am GMT on 20 January next year, a tiny electronic chip inside Europe's Rosetta spacecraft will flicker into life. The robot probe will …

This Princeton professor is building a Bitcoin-inspired prediction market

Computer scientist Ed Felten has done a lot of work on Bitcoin over the years, but his latest project looks to step beyond mere currency, applying the principles of Bitcoin to the broader spread of information through the world. In a blog post today, the Princeton professor announced a project to …

Japan’s plan to supply all the world’s energy from a giant solar power plant on the moon

Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the …

Renewable Energy

Interview: Shiro Nakamura of Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun

Auto designers are part of a very small community, and those who rise to the top to direct the design of an entire brand (or multiple brands) always intrigue us. By nature, these talented people command the attention of the designers that work for them but, more importantly, they are able to sway …

Classic Cars

The Ikea Of Bikes Is Ready To Ship

The much-touted self-assembled Sandwichbike starts shipping December 1.<p>With bicycle culture and craft in ascendance, bike fever has spread past the artisanal frame builders and fixie fanatics to infest the every man. To wit: the fall launch of the Sandwichbike (anticipated by us earlier this year) …

Why Do Americans Love Trucks?

The U.S. is presently one of the world's largest manufacturers, and consumers, of automobiles. What percentage of Detroit's profits, would you guess, …

General Motors

Motorola signs a manufacturing partner for Project Ara's modular smartphones

Project Ara, Motorola's plan to create modular smartphones, is among the most ambitious ideas we've seen, but the company isn't wasting time in executing on its vision. 3D Systems has issued a press release confirming that it's partnering up with Motorola to "create a continuous high-speed 3D …

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Nissan IDx Nismo and IDx Freeflow concepts are a bridge to the Datsun 510

We're not sure if someone from The Adjustment Bureau stopped by Nissan's PR department to explain the IDx Nismo and IDx Freeflow concepts, but the company's odd press release can't diminish our love for these two show favorites. We had been told to look out for an unnamed Datsun 510 BRE homage, and …

How to Create Your Own Catalogs on Flipboard

MagMaker / November 13, 2013<p>Exciting news: You can now add product listings to your Flipboard magazines via Flipboard’s updated web bookmarklet.<p>It’s …

Watch LG's new flexible phone heal itself after a knife scratch

When LG announced its curved smartphone, the G Flex, it boasted that the handset was coated with a "self-healing" material and even compared it to Wolverine from <i>X-Men</i>. LG later released a promotional video showing off the tech in action, but it's only now that someone has put the company's claims …

Eco – Mobius Phone

The ECO-MOBIUS is a modular phone that can be easily assembled and upgraded. Its modules are easily replaceable and are assembled via sliding tracks. …

Kartio Thin 6.75oz Red Set

In 1959, designer <b>Kaj Franck</b> unveiled his iconic <b>Kartio</b> service collection, which was ripe with his signature elegance and simplicity of shape. This pair of <b>extra-thin tumblers</b> is a bold update on the designer’s classic silhouettes, which are slimmed down without compromising any of their charm. …

Jewelry

Help yourself to a better quality of light. Created by Hulger/Sam Wilkinson, the Drop Cap Pendant from Plumen showcases the lightbulb's gracefully twisted silhouette by covering the upper tip. $34,95 / piece, on Fab! fab.com/designer/plumen

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The Largest Discovered Structure in the Universe Contradicts Big-Bang Theory Cosmology (Weekend Feature)

This LQG challenges the Cosmological Principle, the assumption that the universe, when viewed at a sufficiently large scale, looks the same no matter …