Inventions

Inventions can change the world in an instant. Inventions are thought of every minute but very few of them actually make it to market. In this section we'll examine amazing inventions from all throughout history.


Homemade Flamethrowing Guitar Plays Seriously Hot Licks

British DIY engineer Colin Furze recreates the pyrotechnics seen in heavy-metal shows and Mad Max: Fury Road.

How the Hybrid Sports Bicycle Works

The Hybrid Sports Bike, still in its prototype stage, is a three-in-one: a pedal-powered bicycle souped-up with both a gas engine and an electric motor. But how could a gas-powered bike be environmentally friendly?

10 Innovations in Winemaking

People have been making (and drinking) wine for 8,000 years -- which means lots of innovations both now and in the past, from creating Champagne to quirky wine labels.

5 Innovative Social Devices

Smartphones, tablets and other devices are not just useful; they can improve your social life. We'll look at some of the newest ways to integrate social media into whatever you're doing.

How Newton’s Cradles Work

Five metallic balls on slender threads sit side by side. As one on the end hits the rest, the one on the opposite end rises and falls. Why don't the balls in the middle move? It's complicated.

You're sure you have it in you to think of an invention, but you're not sure how to do it. Get some tips here on how to think of an invention.

Who invented the sandwich?

Everyone knows what a sandwich is. Most may even know how the snack got its name. But did you know who invented it? That's a tougher question to answer.

When was the first battery invented?

Primitive batteries date back a lot longer than you might guess. But when were scientists finally able to produce and store electricity and then use it to create a continuous, controllable current?

10 Silly Inventions That Became Wildly Famous

We've all seen TV ads for products that were just completely silly, but then became overnight sensations. Which ones made our list?

Top 10 NASA Inventions

The men and women of NASA are an ingenious bunch, and they're not just inventing amazing things for space. Which inventions have changed our lives here on Earth?