Most inventors work hard to create and perfect their new products or ideas, going through one formulation after another to create something of lasting impact. For some, the invention of a lifetime is stumbled upon like a happy surprise. In the world of science and medicine, there have been a number of incredible and, in some cases, society-changing new products and cool inventions that were developed by happenstance. Below we take a look through the microscope at some of the most ingenious and life-saving medically inspired inventions. Read More >>
Tired of waiting for stray cats to produce litters of kittens?
New “Grow-A-Kitty” allows you to begin pet ownership in a fraction of the time. An inventor from Pennsylvania has been able to replicate the “kittatania” cell that is in every pregnant mother cat before their young is born. Now kittens can be grown from anywhere with the proper conditions. Here’s how it works:
1. Purchase Grow-A-Kitty Seeds
2. Plant in indirect sunlight, either on a window ledge or under a tree.
3. Water your plant once a day (Add catnip fertilizer included for faster growth)
4. In 3-6 weeks, your kitten is ready to pluck from the vine!
UPDATE 4/4/14: This was an April Fool’s joke! Unfortunately, kittens cannot be grown from planting seeds quite yet, but don’t you wish they could?
This famous quotation by Alexander Fleming is certainly true with regard to his discovery of penicillin. This antibiotic resulted in its discoverer sharing the Nobel Prize in 1945 and being ranked as the most important discovery of the millennium by at least 3 large magazines at the approach of 2000. Read More >>
What if the food you ate appeared bigger than it actually was, making you eat less and lose weight in the process? The Hirose Tanikawa Group at the University of Tokyo has developed an augmented reality system which consists of a head mounted display and camera. The system’s software uses a deformation algorithm, which alters the size of the food while keeping the shape of the hands constant. To see how this works, check out this video. Read More >>
There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has nearsightedness. After all, the inability to focus on distant objects affects over 40 percent of Americans. Although normal contact lenses and procedures like LASIK can correct nearsightedness, they are not a cure. Fortunately (for kids who have yet to develop myopia), a preventive cure is in sight… Read More >>
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk on the moon? In total, 24 people have journeyed to the moon and 12 of them have set foot on its soil. The very first men to journey to the moon were Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins of Apollo 11… Read More >>
The rover Curiosity, a $2.5 billion project, has an incredible amount of technology packed into a vehicle the size of compact car. It’s powered by a radioisotope thermoelectric generator which powers itself through radioactive decay so that the rover can make use of these instruments… Read More >>
We all know how a picture looks like if its in the range of 1 to 10 megapixels, but what if the picture is 50 gigapixels? You can already view gigapixel photos on sites like GigaPan, however these photos are taken with separate shots that are stitched together to create the final picture. Read More >>
Chemotherapy ironically had its beginnings in a field that had absolutely nothing to do with saving lives: war. Read More >>
Why has this winter been so incredibly warm and dry? Quite simple really: the jet stream that passes over North America, bringing in cold air and moisture, has been farther north than usual. The behavior of the jet stream is determined by the North Atlantic Oscillation and the Arctic Oscillation, phenomena which measure changes in atmospheric pressure. Read More >>