innovation

Crossrail to Hyperloop: The World's Most Innovative Public Transport Systems

If you mention public transport to someone the first thing that usually comes to mind is grotty night buses and over-crowded trains. But thankfully, it doesn’t have to be like this — there are innovative, futuristic systems out there, such as the UK’s Crossrail, that aim to ease our commuter-woes. Whether it’s personal pods, improved air travel or 1100km/h trains, below are a few of our favourite innovative public transport systems.


With Better Built-In Shock Absorbers, These Power Tools Barely Vibrate

The worst thing about working with handheld power tools is the constant and intense vibrations from oscillating parts that leave your hands and arms shaking, and make it harder to do detailed precision work. So researchers developed a handheld oscillator with 70 per cent less vibration and half the noise.


3D-Printed Guns Getting Better, Scarier

A couple years ago, when a 25-year-old law student in Texas said he was going to 3D-print a gun, nobody took him seriously. Then, he actually did it. And then, a lot of people started doing it. Now, it’s so easy that some protestors are going make a gun inside the Texas State Capitol with a special gun machine. This is scary stuff, and it’s going to get worse.


Ten Inventions From the James Dyson Award 2014 To Watch Out For

It’s not all about bagless vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans and blow-the-skin-off-your-fingers hand dryers at Dyson. Each year, the iconic brand holds the James Dyson Award, an international student design and innovation competition which aims to find the most promising young inventors and potentially bring their concepts to life.


What It's Like To Shave With Gillette's Insane New Razor

Gillette just pulled back the curtain on its latest innovation, and it’s not more blades. It’s actually a new type of handle that swivels, inspired by men making funny faces when they shave. Gillette says this so-called FlexBall Technology is “shaving rebuilt”. I’m not convinced.


The Australian Da Vinci: How David Unaipon (Almost) Changed Our Nation

David Unaipon has been pictured on the front of Australia’s $50 note since 1995. A hugely intelligent man who nonetheless left school at 13, he lodged 19 patents during his life, revolutionised sheep shearing, devoted much of his time to attempting to achieve perpetual motion, wrote prolifically, and conceptualised the helicopter two decades before it became a reality. This is his story.


The Internet Of Sound

Ever wondered what it would sound like if computers could talk to each other? Yes, we have an internet that links all the machines in a vast and glorious global network. But what if they really talked? What if computers could communicate using sounds that humans can’t hear?


Bezos-Funded Centre For Innovation Explores Seattle's Tech Roots

From Seattle’s well-known corporate behemoths — Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco — to its less-obvious innovators, like Nirvana and Dale Chihuly, a new permanent exhibition funded by Jeff Bezos explores the idea that innovation is a key part of the city’s identity. The Bezos Center for Innovation at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry features 465sqm of exhibits which tell a story of science, design and technology through a sense of place.


A Magical Window That Blocks Noise But Lets Breezes Pass Through

It’s a warm summer night in the city, but instead of sleeping with the windows open to let a breeze in, you’ve got them all closed to keep your bedroom quiet. It’s a ‘lesser of two evils’ decision that people living in crowded urban centres might soon not have to make.


The Best Manmade Sound

The click-pop-sizzle of a can opening? The super-satisfying click of a firearm chambering a round? The roar of an engine? What’s the best noise to come from one of mankind’s inventions?