Inventions

This High-Tech Yarn Generates Electricity Through Movement

<b>News: The Curiosity Podcast is here! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud and RSS.</b><p>Energy comes from all sorts of places, and …

Clean Energy

Disney's Six-Legged 'Snapbot' Is Slightly Horrifying

Remove as many legs as you'd like, it will keep on coming.<p>Researchers at Disney have developed a robot that can swtich between different styles of locomotion on the fly. They call it Snapbot, named after it slightly-unnerving ability to lose or gain legs at a moment's notice.<p>"The body of Snapbot …

Robots

Scientists invent world's first handheld device that can spot fake booze

University of Manchester develop a gadget that uses laser to detect counterfeit spirits.<p>Scientists have invented the world's first handheld device …

Gear & Gadgets

Mapping brick kilns to improve health of people and the environment

Using satellite imagery, a team of Stanford researchers has designed a mapping tool with the potential to transform brick manufacturing across South …

Stanford University

Ingenious A/C cools the air by evaporating water off terra cotta tubes

The system can lower temperatures by 35 degrees Fahrenheit<p>Beating the heat has inspired innumerable innovations in architecture and design, not to mention enabling the whole aesthetic of glass-box modernism. But over in India, Ant Studio has created a cool new air conditioner with a decidedly …

Engineering

A fridge that fits in your pocket? Sounds silly, but UCLA is building one

Why it matters to you<p>This ultra-thin flexible cooler could chill everything from your running shoes to overheating smartphones.<p>There are plenty of …

UCLA

Storing lightning inside thunder: new Australian chip turns light into sound

Australian researchers have found a way of slowing down digital information carried as light by transforming it into sound waves within a …

Australian News

Blind Patients to Test Bionic Eye Brain Implants - MIT Technology Review

The maker of the world’s first commercial artificial retina, which provides partial sight to people with a certain form of blindness, is launching a …

Breakthroughs

A new efficient and portable electrocaloric cooling device

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of California and SRI International has developed a new type of cooling device that is both …

Quantum Mechanics

This new device could someday cool your smartphone

Researchers from UCLA and SRI International have developed a flexible, lightweight, cooling system that — if it can be mass-produced cost-effectively …

Science

This tiny chip will help doctors track smart pills through a patient’s body

Why it matters to you<p>Smart pills will revolutionize the way medicine is practiced. This chip will help doctors keep track of where they are at any …

Magnetism

Graphene-munching spiders produce stronger silk

<b>Cambridge researchers open up new applications for enhanced natural fibre</b><p>Spider silk is one of the toughest polymer fibres known. But according to …

Engineering

Highly efficient electrocaloric cooling with electrostatic actuation

Solid-state refrigeration offers potential advantages over traditional cooling systems, but few devices offer high specific cooling power with a high …

This battery-free cellphone runs on light and radio waves

Who cares about an OLED and a notch when your phone can sip power from its surrounding, allowing you to make calls without ever having to charge your phone.<p>This wild cellphone is part of a Google Faculty Research program and received three U.S. National Science Foundation grants for total …

Technology

Electric-charged nanoparticles turn a clear window into a mirror

Instant Mirror<p>Researchers from Imperial College London have developed a material that can turn a transparent surface into a reflective one when an …

Engineering

Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery

<b>Queen's University Belfast scientists have designed a new flexible organic battery that could revolutionise how medical implants are powered.</b><p>Devices such as pacemakers are currently fitted with rigid metal based batteries, which can cause discomfort.<p>The charge in the batteries is set to last three …

Engineering

Tracking of medical nanobots comes a step closer

<b>New magnetic resonance technology could be used to locate “smart pills” inside the body</b><p>Medical nanobots have long been a dream of science fiction: …

Engineering

Does the bidet industry run Boing Boing?

If you yearn for the sophisticated cleanliness of a European bathroom, the BioBidet A3 adds a bidet to your conventional toilet with minimal effort. …

A whiz kid named Molly creates clever inventions to get out of chores in GE’s latest ad

GE’s latest ad features a girl named Molly who creates a number of clever inventions that can do her menial household chores for her.<p>At the beginning …

Kids

A Material That Throws Heat into Space Could Soon Reinvent Air-Conditioning - MIT Technology Review

Eli Goldstein, a fresh-faced cofounder of SkyCool Systems, pulled open the garage door on the side of the Stanford spinout's cramped workspace in …

Clean Energy

How the sky can help make air conditioners at least 20% more efficient

Specially designed fluid-filled roof panels can help make air conditioning significantly more efficient, according to new research.<p>These panels work …

Clean Energy

Is Heat Energy the New Alternative Fuels Source?

Thankfully most countries around the world are now on board with trying to make the world a greener, more safer place to live, and one of the mains …

Clean Energy

'Make: Musical Inventions' - GeekMom

What could be better than playing a musical instrument? Making one! Building your own instruments and then creating music with your hands-on work is …

Detectors in the dirt

People who tend crops in Lebanon and people who tend particle detectors on the border of France and Switzerland have a need in common: large-scale …

Particle Physics

Clothes that grow with your child? See futuristic inventions

Sometimes, it feels as if there's just nothing left to be invented. Hasn't everything already been thought of? After all, we even have self-driving cars now.<p>Think again. The James Dyson Award honors some of the most creative creations made by college students and recent graduates in design and …

Parkinson's Disease

Here’s a paper thin book mark that turns into a light

This is the first book mark that I’ve seen that doubles as a “flashlight”. It’s the Book Mark Light from the Design Bloom Shop. The book mark is …

2 Waterloo inventions named runners-up for James Dyson Award

Two teams from the University of Waterloo have been named finalists for a prestigious international award.

Southwestern Ontario

UK James Dyson Award Winner Announced: Clothing That Grows Along With Your Children

This amazing invention just won the UK James Dyson Award.<p>A remarkable piece of clothing that can actually grow along with the child that’s wearing it …

Australian Universities

Student invents clothes that 'grow' as babies do

A 24-year-old graduate student has created clothes for infants that “grow” as the child does, sparing parents from having to buy new garments every few weeks.<p>Ryan Yasin invented the material while studying at the Royal College of Art and is now using it to launch a clothing range called Petit Pli. …

Engineering

These 'origami' clothes grow with your child to save you thousands

The clothing range was invented by 24-year-old Ryan Yasin<p>During the first two years of a child's life, they can grow a staggering seven clothes …