[Categories] > Clever Ideas

Oil from Garbage (June 4, 2004)
Modern-day alchemy

French Butter Dishes (June 14, 2004)
Fresh butter without refrigeration

The Girolle (June 16, 2004)
One small step for cheese engineering

Global Energy Network (June 24, 2004)
World peace through sharing electrons

The Holographic Paradigm (June 26, 2004)
The way the universe really works?

Icewine (July 13, 2004)
How a little frost can do wonders for wine

Grass Photographs (July 21, 2004)
Photosynthetic art

Pie Funnels (July 27, 2004)
A piecrust's best friend

Monolithic Concrete Domes (August 3, 2004)
Creating buildings out of thin air

Public Enrichment Project (August 7, 2004)
Fun and common sense for a better world

Missile Silo Homes (August 20, 2004)
Hole is where the heart is

Measuring the Speed of Light (August 22, 2004)
Fun with mirrors and math

Giving Away the Razor, Selling the Blades (September 2, 2004)
The curious strategy of loss-leader marketing

Powder Coating (September 7, 2004)
Paint's shocking competitor

Heat-Resistant Chocolate (September 8, 2004)
Defying the laws of confectionary

Ventless Clothes Dryers (September 11, 2004)
Laundry without the hot air

NextBus (October 4, 2004)
Friendlier mass transit through technology

Automatic Transmissions for Bicycles (October 5, 2004)
Reinventing the two-wheeler

Car Sharing Programs (October 6, 2004)
The stress-free alternative to car ownership

The Evolution of Scrolling (October 7, 2004)
Reinventing the wheel

Flywheel Batteries (October 9, 2004)
A new spin on energy storage

___-of-the-Month Clubs (October 24, 2004)
Old marketing gimmicks never die

Freeze Drying (November 5, 2004)
The amazing science of lyophilization

The Steadicam (November 11, 2004)
Taking unwanted motion out of motion pictures

Pedometers (November 14, 2004)
Your mileage may vary

Carfree Cities (November 19, 2004)
Revenge of the pedestrian

Donate-a-Click Programs (November 21, 2004)
The humane side of internet advertising

Micropayment Systems (November 22, 2004)
Giving your two cents, digitally

Rent-a-Dog (November 23, 2004)
Canine company by the hour

Text-Based Ads (November 24, 2004)
Taming Web advertising

Affiliate Programs (November 25, 2004)
The benign internet marketing virus?

Bookcrossing (November 27, 2004)
Passing the book

Wikis (December 7, 2004)
Free-for-all Web editing that works

3-D Printers (December 8, 2004)
Rapid prototyping and beyond

Take Control Ebooks (December 10, 2004)
Electronic publishing that works

Personal Flying Machines (December 13, 2004)
George Jetson, Buck Rogers, and you

Carbon Sequestration (December 17, 2004)
Greenhouse gas disposal techniques

Urban Monorail Systems (December 18, 2004)
The rise of Personal Rapid Transit

Ice Hotels (January 3, 2005)
In-refrigerator rooms

Geodesic Domes (January 5, 2005)
Building outside the box

Straw Bale Houses (January 7, 2005)
The power of banding together

Online Lost-and-Found Services (January 9, 2005)
A better way to get your stuff back

Printing Skin Tissue (January 15, 2005)
Human organs from 3-D printers

Lagniappe (February 12, 2005)
But wait, there's more!

Code-Free DVD Players (February 14, 2005)
Overcoming the frustrations of DVD distribution

Titanium Art (February 16, 2005)
The colorful process of anodization

Rebreathers (February 17, 2005)
Taking scuba to new depths

Fire Pistons (April 3, 2005)
The primitive hi-tech fire starters

Optical Telegraphs (April 22, 2005)
18th century wireless telecommunications

The Paperclip (May 1, 2005)
The twisted tale of paper's best friend

Bakelite (May 2, 2005)
The Plastic Age

Space Pens (May 4, 2005)
What to use when your writing lacks gravity

Biodegradable Plastic (May 5, 2005)
The quest for impermanence

The Wet Collodion Process (May 6, 2005)
Developing a better negative

Operation Migration (May 15, 2005)
Follow that airplane!

Living Streets (May 18, 2005)
Using uncertainty to calm traffic

Breathing Liquid (May 24, 2005)
The frontiers of human respiration

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (June 21, 2006)
Engineering marvel of the Canal Age

Project Habakkuk (June 26, 2006)
Building aircraft carriers out of ice

Cruise Ship Condos (June 30, 2006)
Making your home on the high seas

Viral Marketing (July 12, 2006)
Making a fortune with paperclips and pixels

Doble Steam Cars (September 1, 2006)
The steam engine's last stand

Kite Sails (October 11, 2006)
A second wind for large ships

Sears Modern Homes (November 13, 2006)
Ordering houses by mail

826 National (March 16, 2007)
Pirates, spies, superheroes, and young authors

Royal de Luxe (April 11, 2007)
The theater group with pull

Freecycling (May 7, 2007)
Finding your stuff a new home, painlessly

Shipping Container Architecture (May 21, 2007)
Ship-shape design

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra (July 27, 2007)
Grooves from the garden

Cow Sharing (July 30, 2007)
Getting the milk for free

Hikaru Dorodango (August 1, 2007)
Mud balls as art

Paris Plages (August 6, 2007)
Bringing the beach to Paris

Complaints Choirs (January 14, 2008)
Setting the world's problems to music

The Discovery of Radium (January 30, 2008)
Marie Curie's miracle cure