I’m not sure what it is that makes us love stuff we’ll never be able to afford, but drooling over supercars (which I’d probably be too nervous to enjoy were I ever given the chance to drive) is an enjoyable pastime. McLaren recently debuted one that
The Stirling engine is one of my favorites. It was invented in 1816 by Rev. Robert Stirling of Scotland.
This type of Stirling engine, known as the beta configuration, 3 features just one cylinder with a hot end and a cool end.
By 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world's population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods.
In a bid to overpower Google in the auto-piloted electric car race, Tesla Motors has begun designing and building cars that don't require any human drivers to get behind the wheel.
This is an updated long-range, accuratized version of Joerg Sprave’s straight-up lethal toilet brush revolver, which is as terrifying as Sprave’s mad scientist laughter.
The telescope will study the atmospheres of Venus, Mars and Jupiter.
few times a year, some new smartphone comes out that makes us fall all over ourselves in amazement. How we ever lived without this new device becomes a mystery, and the hunk of absolute crap we've been toting around for the last six months immediatel
You hate flats, loathe checking tire pressure, and constantly run your rubber to its breaking point, but despite all those gripes, the lowly tire hasn’t evolved much over the last hundred years.
A research team from the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has created efficient artificial, or "robotic" muscles, which could carry a weight 80 times its own and able to extend to five times its original length when car
Few believed he could pull it off, but Igor Pasternak is about to begin test flights of a cargo-carrying airship that takes off and lands with a helicopter's precision.
Part bike, part motorcycle, the Greyp G12 is the electric moped for the 21st century, and just to up the futuristic theme even further, it starts with a fingerprint scan.
Like most interns, Stefan Reichert was assigned a bunch of menial tasks while working for top tier design consultancies in Silicon Valley. No one asked the German student to fetch coffee, but he was assigned the art school equivalent—setting up and m
This insect-inspired robot, made of cardboard and plastic, can sprint off a table and just keep on runnin'.
Deserts may not have a lot of water in forms that are easy to access (like in rivers or lakes or aquifers), but that doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't a lot of water around somewhere.
Today's smartphone cameras are pretty great. The iPhone 5, HTC One and Nokia Lumia 1020 are three smartphones with top-notch cameras. Sony wants to augment smartphones and give them even better image sensors with a wild new wireless lens-shaped camer
Leaps and bounds have been made in VR gaming recently. Sparked by the success of the Oculus Rift, a number of VR gaming controllers and headsets have begun development.
An entrepreneur in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has unveiled a contraption designed to help those who miss the mark at a urinal: the 'Pee Straight.'
Watersports like surfing and wakeboarding are fun, but this new line of gas-guzzling JetSurf boards is about to take riding the waves to a whole new level.
In early May, news reports gushed that a quantum computation device had for the first time outperformed classical computers, solving certain problems thousands of times faster. The media coverage sent ripples of excitement through the technology comm
The three blind mice might not be so anymore. Researchers restored sight to mice through a new prosthetic that they say could lead to the same in millions of blind people across the globe, according to a new study, published in the journal Proceeding
Researchers demonstrate flexible graphene circuits speedy enough for cell-phone communication.
You might be able to park two Smart cars in the same space as one real car, but what if your electric runabout had the same footprint as a Honda Gullwing? The Armadillo-T does exactly that by folding onto itself.
Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage.
A while back we told you about the amazing promise of a pair of augmented reality glasses from a company called Meta. At the time the device was primarily shown off via a concept video that offered a good deal of excitement to those looking to wearab
Alfredo Moser's invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity - using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with wate
Check out these examples of good design getting ahead of practical considerations. (Just because it's cool and shiny doesn't mean it will work.)
If you’re gifted with independently manipulable eyebrows, now would be the time to raise a single brow.
Frustrated by not being able to sing two notes at the same time, musical inventor Beardyman built a machine to allow him to create loops and layers from just the sounds he makes with his voice.