London-based designer and researcher Shamees Aden has a vision for the future of footwear. It's a future where shoes are 3D printed out of synthetic biological material that responds to your every step and can regenerate overnight. She's even made a prototype.
Biking to and from work every day can do wonders for your health and physique, but it's not all a bed of roses. Using pedals that clip to your shoes and hold your feet firmly in place can cause wear and tear on your legs and joints. So a German company called BioConform has created a set of spring-mounted pedals that let riders lock in while still enjoying some freedom of movement in their limbs.
It seems that the International Space Station's cooling system is still having problems even after the spacewalk that supposedly fixed it back in May 11, 2013. While the astronauts are not in danger, ground teams had to move critical electrical systems over to the second loop and turn off other non-critical parts of the station.
It's almost time to pack your bag again, tuck some presents under your arm and find your way back to your family. You might take a plane, drive a car or ride a train. Some of you might just walk. But Dan Croll—he takes the Tube.
I love architecture from the future, but this new apartment tower by Porsche Design—equipped with car elevators that allow owners to park their Bentleys and Bugattis right next to their living rooms—doesn't come from the future. It's just a gimmicky cylinder.
People of Earth, dreamers of the universe and possible alien organisms of the beyond: you can swim like Scrooge McDuck in a Swiss bank vault in real life. Like, literally swim in money. This is incredible. A bank safe swimming pool filled with 8 million Swiss coins is being auctioned off to the highest bidder who wants to fulfill every person's childhood (and adult) dream of swimming in money.
All I want for Christmas is a trip to Avoriaz. I had never heard of this place before finding it on Alastair Philip Wiper's site; the ace photographer has been documenting the French ski resort for years, and I've never seen anything quite like it. The more I read about it, the more I want to go.
Let's face it. If you believe that Amazon can realize the awesomeness that is drone delivery, you should halfway fear a future of an overbearing police drone force monitoring us. That terrifying totalitarian future might not be as promising as Amazon's vision for drones but what does that matter to an obsessive government? They'd just abuse drones as a pervasive eye in the sky, all in the name of security.
Kids today demand more from their toys, since mobile devices have freed them from the burdens of imagination. So if you were thinking of introducing your kids to the DIY joys of origami, the wonders of seeing a paper boat actually float won't be enough. You'll also need this tiny outboard motor so it can cruise around your bathtub on its own.
Music: For some people it is entertainment, for others, it is the sound of life. If you are shopping for the latter, the soul afflicted with a music obsession, do not fret. You don't have to spend buckets on expensive audiophile kit to make them happy. Here are a few suggestions, that should fit into any tune snob's collection—of gear.
This is basically the least worst thing that can happen with Russian nuclear bombs! For the past twenty years, the Russians have been turning 500 tons of uranium from decommissioned nuclear weapons into nuclear fuel for the United States. It's called the Megatons to Megawatts program. The last shipment from that 1993 deal arrived at a U.S. storage facility Tuesday, according to reporter Geoff Brumfiel of NPR's Morning Edition.
There are typically two main problems when it comes to building pillow forts: structural integrity, and a lack of building materials. And both of those issues are solved with these wonderful engineered cushions called Squishy Forts, which use super-strong magnets to ensure they stay standing for longer than ten minutes.
Murderer. Slave owner. Celebrated philanderer. These are the words that should come to mind when considering a one Mr. Nicholas "Santa" Claus. Just because you can see through that drunk jolly facade, though, doesn't mean the rest of the world can. So it's time to take matters into your own hands. Fortunately, OpticsPlanet has put together a state-of-the-art, high-tech Santa Stakeout Kit for all your hardcore Santa-hunting needs. The guy never stood a chance.
Fifty years ago, the most revolutionary technology of the future was supposed to be the telephone — thanks to some high-tech upgrades just over the horizon, of course. At least that's what the phone companies kept telling us.
On these frigid days, it helps to think about a place like Antarctica, which was recently determined to be without a doubt the coldest place on Earth (as if anyone was really surprised?). But it's also home to unique historic monuments befitting the treacherous environment that include 100-year-old huts, industrial tractors, and even one nuclear power plant—but, often, they're literally just a pile of rocks.
Everything is bigger in Texas, so it's no surprise the state is now home to the Guinness World Record-approved largest gingerbread house. This sweet spot is made from a whopping 7,200 pounds of flour, 7,200 eggs, 3,000 pounds of brown sugar, 1,800 pounds of butter, and 22,304 pieces of candy, clocking in at a gut-busting 35,823,400 calories. It looks a little terrifying, but it probably tastes delicious. [Gizmag]
Customer service is clearly a dying art, as flesh and blood humans are replaced by automated, voice-activated menus and self-checkouts. Everyone's got their own personal horror story trying to fight back against the cold incompetence. This is mine.
Choosing gifts for college students is a pain. If it's too practical, it'll never get used; too childish, you'll earn yourself a hefty scoff instead of a polite "thank you." Tread the tightrope with a useful, fun gift that isn't too grownup, and you'll be every millennial's favorite Secret Santa.