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22

Jul

9 of the most interesting inventions of 2014From medical advances to an energy-efficient computer mouse, here are some of the coolest inventions to debut in 2014.

9 of the most interesting inventions of 2014
From medical advances to an energy-efficient computer mouse, here are some of the coolest inventions to debut in 2014.

16

Mar

When designer Mike Thomspon asked himself, “What if power came at a cost to the individual?” he ended up creating the blood lamp as a statement on energy conservation. This single-use lamp requires a drop of blood to be activated — a personal sacrifice that will really make you think twice before turning on the lights.15 bizarre green inventions

When designer Mike Thomspon asked himself, “What if power came at a cost to the individual?” he ended up creating the blood lamp as a statement on energy conservation. This single-use lamp requires a drop of blood to be activated — a personal sacrifice that will really make you think twice before turning on the lights.
15 bizarre green inventions

19

Feb

12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego setThe Braigo printer cost its inventor about $350, making it more affordable than other Braille printers that can retail for more than $2,000.

12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego set
The Braigo printer cost its inventor about $350, making it more affordable than other Braille printers that can retail for more than $2,000.

20

Dec

What a concept: A pencil printer that separates the wood from pencils and uses the lead to print documents. It comes complete with a built-in eraser component so you can make edits. We’ll take one!Learn more.

What a concept: A pencil printer that separates the wood from pencils and uses the lead to print documents. It comes complete with a built-in eraser component so you can make edits. We’ll take one!

Learn more.

20

Nov

6 important things that were invented during the Middle AgesCheck out these six things that were invented during the dark, chaotic times following the collapse of the Roman empire.

6 important things that were invented during the Middle Ages
Check out these six things that were invented during the dark, chaotic times following the collapse of the Roman empire.

08

Aug

When you’re wearing a solar-powered bikini, you can spend the entire day at the beach grooving to your favorite tunes and never have to worry about your iPod battery dying. Andrew Schneider designed this swimwear with photovoltaic film panels and a USB connection as part of a student project.15 unusual green inventions

When you’re wearing a solar-powered bikini, you can spend the entire day at the beach grooving to your favorite tunes and never have to worry about your iPod battery dying. Andrew Schneider designed this swimwear with photovoltaic film panels and a USB connection as part of a student project.
15 unusual green inventions

24

Jul

Franz Reichelt was an inventor who made a living as a tailor but spent his free time working on a parachute to be worn by airplane pilots. Airplanes were a relatively new invention when Reichelt was working on his design, and the mechanics of how a pilot would escape a damaged plane were still being worked out. Reichelt’s first tests were performed using dummies and were successful enough for him to test the suit himself, which he did by jumping off the lower level of the Eiffel Tower. The 187-foot fall onto frozen ground killed him instantly.7 inventors killed by their inventions

Franz Reichelt was an inventor who made a living as a tailor but spent his free time working on a parachute to be worn by airplane pilots. Airplanes were a relatively new invention when Reichelt was working on his design, and the mechanics of how a pilot would escape a damaged plane were still being worked out. Reichelt’s first tests were performed using dummies and were successful enough for him to test the suit himself, which he did by jumping off the lower level of the Eiffel Tower. The 187-foot fall onto frozen ground killed him instantly.
7 inventors killed by their inventions

16

Jul

Which of these green inventions would revolutionize the modern office more?

1. The pencil printer concept separates the wood from pencils and uses the lead to print documents. There’s even a built-in eraser component that allows you to remove text from a page and reuse the paper.

2. The White Goat machine converts normal paper into toilet paper. Simply insert about 40 sheets of paper, and in 30 minutes you’ll receive a freshly made roll of toilet paper.

30

Jun

When designer Mike Thomspon asked himself, “What if power came at a cost to the individual?” he ended up creating the blood lamp as a statement on energy conservation. This single-use lamp requires a drop of blood to be activated — a personal sacrifice that will really make you think twice before turning on the lights.
Read more about the blood lamp.

When designer Mike Thomspon asked himself, “What if power came at a cost to the individual?” he ended up creating the blood lamp as a statement on energy conservation. This single-use lamp requires a drop of blood to be activated — a personal sacrifice that will really make you think twice before turning on the lights.

Read more about the blood lamp.

19

Jun

Elisabeth Buecher’s eco-themed shower curtains come with a strong green message: Turn off the water … or else. Buecher designed two inflatable curtains as part of her “My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior” project: One slowly inflates, trapping you in plastic, and “Spiky” sends out inflatable spikes if you go over the time limit.Check out some more bizarre green inventions you won’t believe are real.

Elisabeth Buecher’s eco-themed shower curtains come with a strong green message: Turn off the water … or else. Buecher designed two inflatable curtains as part of her “My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior” project: One slowly inflates, trapping you in plastic, and “Spiky” sends out inflatable spikes if you go over the time limit.

Check out some more bizarre green inventions you won’t believe are real.