While everyone else is looking for batteries that last longer, DARPA hopes to roll out battery technology that can self destruct on command. Earlier this month, the agency awarded a $4.7 million contract to SRI International to develop a transient power supply that can be triggered to vanish.
Some of you may need to pack up a few unwanted or wrong-sized Christmas gifts and ship them back to wherever they came from. Or maybe you’re mailing out some gifts now because you didn’t quite make it to the post office before the holidays hit. If there’s anything fragile in that box, and you’re like me, you are probably cramming it full of packing peanuts, newspapers, paper bags, and anything else on hand to cushion the contents.
Designers play a key role in solving our collective societal problems, from coming up with new ways to generate power to creating practical devices for purifying drinking water. The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) plans to spotlight these problem-solving designs in an upcoming exhibition, and is asking companies and designers in the Southeastern U.S. to contribute.
Our Christmas list has just been altered significantly. Armed with 500,000 Lego bricks and cash raised via a couple of ambiguous tweets, an Australian and a Romanian have built a life-sized, air-powered Lego hot rod that has taken to the streets of Melbourne at a top speed of 18 mph.