Inventions

Could These Funky Inventions be the Tools to Save the Planet?

Inventors come up with new ideas and new solutions to problems every single day. Not all inventions are worth the time and effort people put in, but …

'Shape-Shifting' Pasta Could Transform Food Shipping

Researchers have been playing with their food in the name of science to see whether flat-packed food could be the future.

MIT’s shape-shifting noodles could soon hit a restaurant near you

Why it matters to you<p>Flat-packed, shape-shifting food could help save on space and shipping costs.<p>Engineers in MIT’s Tangible Media Group have …

MIT Media Lab

MIT 3D-printed the shape-shifting future of pasta

A new research project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tangible Media Group combines 3D printing, molecular gastronomy and macaroni. According to <i>MIT News</i>, researchers Wen Wang and Lining Yao have engineered flat sheets of gelatin and starch into shape-shifting noodles that react …

Controlling light has potential for optical effects

<b>Using electric fields to control light could have applications in optical technologies</b><p>Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) …

Engineering

Speedliner Series - Speedliner Bed Liners

High performance urethane elastomeric coating designed for high build applications. When fully cured forms a tough, abrasive resistant rubber …

Soon metal electrodes implanted in clothes to charge small electronics

Researchers have invented a way to apply metal-free electrodes to fabric and off-the-shelf clothing so that it feels good to the touch and also …

Engineering

Fun facts: ​Home Inventions That Changed Our Lives

There are so many items we live with today that were unknown years before. We're not simply talking about your mobile phone or laptop, but the more …

Washing Machines

Scientists design shape-shifting workout gear powered by bacteria

Researchers at MIT have created bacteria-based workout gear covered in ventilation flaps that automatically open up when you sweat.<p>And that's just …

Biology

12 Brilliant Inventions That Are Doing the Lords Work

1. Think like a pampered little prince(ss)via webby_mc_webberson2. Don't sit on a goddamn wet ass bench. Crank that shit over to the other sidevia …

Humor

MIT invented shape-shifting pasta that reduces packaging waste

Imagine purchasing a package of pasta that is slim, flat, and contains minimal bits of cardboard or plastic. Now imagine removing that flat, …

Pasta

A machine that keeps organs alive outside the body, and other inventions set to change the world

There are rules about what you can patent: Your invention must be new, non-obvious and useful. True, it doesn’t always seem to work out that way, judging by patents for a beer umbrella, an anti-eating face mask, and something called a “user-operated amusement apparatus for kicking the user’s …

Artificial spider silk is not only super strong, it's sustainable too

Why it matters to you<p>This artificial spider silk could one day be used to create safe, durable building blocks for artificial ligaments.<p>Ever dreamed …

Device Purifies Air and Creates Energy All at the Same Time

A small innovation could have a big impact on air pollution. In Belgium, researchers have engineered a device that uses sunlight to purify polluted …

Cool Stuff

Innovative New Device Runs on Light While Cleaning Air and Producing Energy

A new device has been developed by researchers over in Belgium that could have a massive impact for ongoing pollution problems in underdeveloped …

Pollution

We Did It, They Hid It: How Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner’s Hygiene Inventions Changed Your Bathroom Experience

Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner (May 17, 1912 – January 13, 2006) was an African-American inventor most noted for her development of the sanitary belt. …

Five amazing ultrasound inventions set to change the world (and not a pregnancy scan in sight)

Ultrasound can do a whole lot more than create images of unborn babies. Since it first became a near-indispensable medical tool in the 1930s, …

Breakthroughs

Female-Made Inventions That Changed The World

<i>Uproxx knows that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines are driving the future of this planet forward. Every day, we see new ideas, fresh innovations, and bold trailblazers in these fields. Follow us this month as we highlight how STEM is shaping the culture of NOW</i>.<p>Women …

This electromagnetic spray turns your entire guitar into a touchscreen

<b>We've seen touchscreens on guitars before, but this electromagnetic spray promises to transform your entire instrument into one big touch-sensitive</b> …

Guitar

Texas is using cutting-edge helmet technology to monitor player hits

The Longhorns are the first Power 5 team to use Riddell’s InSite sensor technology.<p>Player safety has emerged as a major concern within the sport of football, as have concussions and the number of hits that players take during their given careers. Texas football’s equipment staff is trying to stay …

Sports Technology

Belgian researchers successfully test a device that turns air pollution into energy

Generating energy by cleaning the air we breath sounds like wishful thinking, but Belgian scientists are working hard on making it a reality.<p>According to University of Leuven’s website, researchers successfully managed to convert pollution into energy, in association with the University of Antwerp. …

Air Pollution

What a Jell-O brain tells us about the future of human-machine interaction

Expanding the ways people connect with the digital landscape<p>Yang Zhang, a 26-year-old computer science doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University, created a touch-sensitive model of the human brain out of red Jell-O and milk using a mold he bought from eBay. Why? Zhang is the lead researcher …

Robotics

Light-powered device can purify air and generate clean energy

5.5 million people died prematurely because of air pollution back in 2013 – and half of those people lived in India or China. Air pollution continues …

Clean Energy

Ingenious Device Turns Polluted Air Into Energy

And it's powered by sunlight.<p>Scientists have found a way to generate energy from pollution in a process that could one day clean up dirty city air.<p>Their device contains two chambers separated by a membrane which, under sunlight, breaks down polluted air into hydrogen gas.<p>“This hydrogen gas can be …

Pollution

Here Are The Earliest Known Versions Of 16 Items Most Of Us Still Use Every Day

Throughout the day, we use all sorts of incredible inventions that are brand spankin’ new and cutting-edge. We’re so preoccupied with the many …

Researchers develop device that generates power from polluted air with sunlight

<b>A new device shows promise in purifying polluted air, while at the same time producing hydrogen, which can be stored for use as a clean energy source.</b><p>…

Pollution

This New Eclipse Stamp Has a Hidden Photo Activated by Body Heat

When you think “Postal Service” you probably don’t also think “super creative,” but the USPS just raised the bar on creative photo printing ideas. In …

Photography

An Australian-invented underwater diving system just raised $200,000 on Kickstarter

Airbuddy. Image: Supplied<p>A group of Sydney friends has just raised more than $200,000 on crowd sourcing platform Kickstarter so they can go …

Scuba Diving

Tiny, light-powered device sucks in polluted air, churns out hydrogen power

Why it matters to you<p>The future of humanity on Earth depends on clean energy and clean air. This device may help us have both.<p>Wouldn’t it be nice if …

Chemistry

New technique turns anything into a touch sensor

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a new way to turn almost any surface into a touchpad with just a little conductive spray paint. The system, called Electrick, uses a technique called “electric field tomography.”<p>Created by CMU Ph.D. student Yang Zhang, Electrick uses small …

Gear & Gadgets