Apollo 13 – Finest Hour

Lunar lifeboat An electrical short in an oxygen tank caused an explosion in Apollo 13’s service module. This cylindrical module was tipped with the command module, the bell-shaped capsule that plunged through the atmosphere to return astronauts to earth. Docked to the top of the command module was the lunar module with its spindly landing…

Enter The Creative Age

Machine competition Machines of our own creation have already rid the world of enormous amounts of physical labour. Our newest machines are poised to rid the world of enormous amounts of work that, until now, required human skill. As recently as 1790, 90% of the US labour force worked the farm. Imagine if food had…

Bricky – Brick Laying System

All In All You’re Just Another Brick Laying System Bricky is a system that makes accurate DIY construction of walls easy. A template lets you put down a consistent layer of mortar for each course of bricks as well as the vertical strip of mortar between each brick. By investing in the creation of a…

The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp

Like buttah! This 2014 Kickstarter project raised AU$ 360,286 (the Canadian and Australian dollars are very close to parity), dwarfing its original AU$ 38,000 goal with 15,251 backers. The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp butter knife has small built in grater holes that cuts the butter into thin curls. This makes the butter easier to spread and because it has a…

Vantablack – Applications For The Blackest Black

When you look into the abyss Vantablack, short for “vertically aligned nanotube arrays”, is the darkest artificial substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of visible light. The company Surrey NanoSystems Limited “grows” this forest of vertical tubes on a substrate using chemical vapour deposition. Its light absorbing properties make it ideal for preventing light from bouncing around…