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 The Bunsen Burner Is the Stuff of Genius

There are few inventions as simple, yet as ubiquitous and iconic, as the Bunsen burner. Bunsen's invention is nearly synonymous with chemistry, and this year the inventor is 200 years old:How many other inventions have had that kind of longevity, car ... See more »

Sometimes the Stuff of Genius has no Practical Application

 Sometimes the Stuff of Genius has no Practical Application

Imagine that you are an inventor. You have been working for six months on your latest, greatest creation. You run to your spouse and shout, "Honey, I've done it! Come watch!" And your spouse sees this demonstration:It is amazing and cool. A ... See more »

 Sometimes the Stuff of Genius Looks Vaguely like the Stuff of Insanity

Anyone who has ever played with Hot Wheel cars knows that there are two staples in the track layout arena: There is the loop, and there is the jump. At the Indy 500 this year, they are scaling the jump up to real life:World-Record Jump Attempt Set fo ... See more »

 Sometimes the Stuff of Genius is Expressed in the Elegance of Design

Sometimes you look at an idea, and you know that it is the Stuff of Genius because the idea is so elegant. That is definitely the case with the Haptica watch for blind people.This short video explains how watches for the blind currently work:The idea ... See more »

 The OPOC Engine Could be the Stuff of Genius

Sometimes, after we have looked at something in a certain way for a really long time, we cannot see it any other way. Then someone with the stuff of genius comes along and reconceptualizes it and we say, "why didn't I think of that!"Such is ... See more »

 Sometimes the Stuff of Genius Involves Excess, as Seen with These Flashlights

A flashlight is normally a very simple device. You have a bulb, and battery and a switch. Flip the switch and the bulb turns on to produce light.What if you want a LOT of light from your flashlight? Here is a 50 watt, 500 LED flashlight that shows yo ... See more »

 When you can Build your own Electron Microscope from Scratch, You've got the Stuff of Genius

I don't know about you, but when I think about a "scanning electron microscope" my brain tends to categorize it into a "not possible to build at home" bin. I'm not sure why - maybe because I have never seen an SEM in someone's hom ... See more »

 Winching airplanes into the sky - Is this the stuff of genius or a harebrained scheme?

In the following article, a really interesting question is explored. The question is: Is there a better, more efficient way to launch airplanes?Electric Aviation is the Future of TransportIf you think about how airplanes take off now, you can see the ... See more »