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10 Uplifting Inventions for Personal Flight

For centuries, human beings have dreamed of flying. All kinds of daredevils have built devices to fly of their own volition. Not all have worked... and not all their pilots survived. Once inventors figured out they needed a balance between weight, power and aerodynamics they were able to get sufficient lift to stay in the air. Here are 10 of the most exciting attempts at personal flight. See more »

Creative Geniuses Know Mental Illness Best

Nancy Andreasen wrote After a thorough literary review, Andreasen hypothesized that creatives would have an increased rate of schizophrenia in their family members, without being afflicted themselves. She also looked into whether creativity was hered ... See more »

Adam Harvey, Countersurveillance Fashionista

When Adam Harvey attended the Tabula Rasa conference, he was stunned by a prediction If you're worried about privacy rights, there's already plenty of technology to hide from. Digitized information collects our data, from financial transactions to dr ... See more »

"Chemistry is Pornography in Disguise"

Imagine that you spend every day working from your beautiful home in California. In the backyard you have a shed laboratory where you develop psychedelic chemicals and meticulously test them on yourself, your wife and your best friends. And for a goo ... See more »

The Peaceful Nightmares of H.R. Giger

In David N. Jahn's Qualifying his work is impossible, so I'll stop trying to explain it with words. If you haven't seen it, I recommend that you explore Born on February 5, 1940 in Chur, Switzerland, Hans Ruedi Giger was the son of a pharmacist. He t ... See more »

Brew Your Coffee with Inductive Charging

The Kickstarter video for If I had $700 to drop, I'd get one for the HowStuffWorks office, complete with its "copper, brass, chestnut wood and handmade Murano glass" exterior. If you think we're over-caffeinated now, wait until we get one o ... See more »

Maker Movement Encourages Next Level Genius

When I first heard Mike Diamond rap the above lyrics in 1994 I was incredibly excited about the implications of a movement where people were self-sufficient, motivated and productive. 20 years later and that ethos has grown beyond the music scene int ... See more »

Spinning Vinyl Records with Peter Goldmark

I wonder what Peter Carl Goldmark would think if he were alive to know about a I remember watching an interview with Thurston Moore once, where he preached his devotion to vinyl. Moore's theory was that every time you listen to a record, the needle d ... See more »

Death Metal from Space

Let's hope the words, "commence the orbital bombardment" don't enter our vernacular in the near future. Imagine a bundle of metal telephone poles dropped from Earth's orbit onto a target. They'd reach a speed of Mach 10 and have the impact ... See more »

Mad Genius: Alexander Bogdanov

Alexander Bogdanov was an intellectual who persistently attempted to change the world to a logical arrangement he thought would lead to the ideal society. He was also a risk-taker, and while he possessed many of the traits of a genius, in Bogdanov's ... See more »