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inventors & inventions

  1. iainh

    A Portable Black Cat Detector

    Hi all, This is my first ever post to the forums, and I'm assuming that this would be the right place for this technology story that arrived in my inbox not too long ago. Someone's created a portable 'black cat detector' that generates black cats 'in order to protect one's luck'. Here's a...
  2. Ascalon

    Hybrid Wind-Powered Cargo Ship

    The return of sail! Pioneering wind-powered cargo ship sets sail A cargo ship fitted with giant, rigid British-designed sails has set out on its maiden voyage. Shipping firm Cargill, which has chartered the vessel, hopes the technology will help the industry chart a course towards a greener...
  3. Yithian

    Auxilliary Removable Modification Of the Human Form: The Japanese Wearable Beanbag

    A Japanese clothing company launched ‘wearable beanbags’ which allows people to plonk themselves down anytime, anywhere. When you think about it, the concept is essentially no different from shoes: removable shape and texture modification to the human form. Do we have pillow hats yet? I...
  4. MrRING

    Big Red: Lost Gas Turbine Semi Found

  5. ramonmercado

    What Is A 'Wind Phone'? Concept Helps Offer Comfort To Those Grieving Lost Loved Ones

    I think this fits here. Vid at link. A telephone for grief after the Japanese tsunami In the small town of Otsuchi in northern Japan, 2,000 residents were lost in the tsunami in 2011. One resident, who had already been grieving his cousin before the tsunami hit, had the idea of placing an old...
  6. Andy X

    The Blackest Black Material (Vantablack, Etc.)

    Scientists develop a material so dark that you can't see it...but you'll have to wait a long time for the ultimate cocktail dress. full article in The Independent Only One Artist Can Use the Blackest Material in the World - Popular Science It goes without saying that this breakthrough...
  7. rynner2

    The March Of Technology

    Apple's first Macintosh turns 25 The Macintosh - the first Apple computer to bear the name - turns 25 on 24 January. The machine debuted in 1984 and kicked off a product line that were Apple's flagship computers for many years. The Macintosh helped popularise the combination of...
  8. rynner2

    History Rewritten: Myths Busted & New Truths Uncovered

    http/tinyurl.com/yqr5sy (Mod Edit: Original link is broken. Archived version found via The Wayback Machine here: https://web.archive.org/web/20090130100439/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1545177/Caravaggio-was-actually-Merisi-of-Milan.html) rynner the ubiquitous
  9. M

    Smart Rope

    I was just reading an article about an innovative group of engineers - the Squid Lab and they have created smart rope: www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,68 ... _tophead_1 See their page: www.squid-labs.com/projects/erope/ See also their "engineering for good" page...
  10. M

    Phone The Dead: Telephone Dedicated To Contacting The "Other Side"

    No chance of resting in peace now!! Source Source
  11. M

    Where The Hell Are The Flying Cars? It's The 21st Century!

    Flying cars got a passing mention in the Blade Runner thread: http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=157&highlight=Skycar from where I plundered anome's posting for the title of the thread ;) but I thought it deserved a thread of its own as we launch ourselves into...
  12. M

    Bone Phone: Hear Calls Inside Your Skull! (Bone Conduction Audio)

  13. MrRING

    Anti-Smoking Bra

    What will they think of next? Swiss bra supports smokers who quit ZURICH (AFP) - A Swiss-based underwear maker has developed a high-tech bra which it claims will help women quit smoking thanks to perfumed capsules which give cigarettes an unpleasant taste and soothe withdrawal symptoms...
  14. D

    Wild, Weird & Wacky Inventions

    http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_642722.html?menu=news.quirkies.eccentrics A story about some of the wacky inventions in a contest. So what wacky inventions would you like to see?
  15. P

    Perpetual Motion & Perpetual Motion Machines

    On the subject of perpetual motion, the Earth is revolving, the Solar system is revolving, the Galaxy is revolving and the Universe is revolving, so isn't everything in perpetual motion?
  16. A

    The Tesla Thread

    Tesla's "Death Ray" Below is a link to a document which contains half of the FBI declassified files on Nikola Tesla, which is mostly addressing requests from learned fellows trying to get hold of his research after he kicked the bucket, only to get the stock answer "That's not out department."...