Kickstarter connects people with big ideas and zero funding to eager micro-investors around the U.S. But how are your town's entrepreneurs faring? ThingsWeStart.com, an interactive map of Kickstarter projects, shows you at a glance. Zooming in on hotspots of ingenuity pinpoints individual projects. Click a pin to learn more about each one, including how much time you have left to contribute. You can even search for certain types of projects and set alerts for new arrivals.
When startup Blueseed floated the idea to create a seaborne startup community in international waters off the coast of northern California, we were intrigued. We weren’t the only ones. A new report released by the company says it has 133 tech startups on board to move their operations offshore when the ship launches next year.
C-Crete, a startup company that makes a nano-engineered cement, has won $120,000 in the school's Entrepreneurship Competition. C-Crete's cement is reportedly stronger than any extant cement, and reduces CO2 emissions. Runners-up included makers of a nano-engineered insulin chewing gum and a silent alarm clock that was not nano-engineered.
A laser-obsessed entrepreneur whose mosquito-zapping project demoed at the TED 2010 conference has bigger plans for energy beams. Tom Nugent envisions using lasers to deliver energy over long distances -- whether that means juicing up an aerial drone's batteries or beaming solar space power down from orbital satellites, according to Xconomy.
Russia's oil reserves have given the nation considerable political muscle, but Russian leaders also want to resurrect some scientific grandeur. Now they hope to build its first scientific city since the Berlin Wall came down, and they're looking to California's Silicon Valley for inspiration, the New York Times reports.
Right now, somewhere in America, there's an inventor in a garage on the verge of something big. It might not be a cure for leukemia or a rocket to Mars, but some unexpected innovations can be almost as profound. Like the fisherman who made a lure that doesn't damage the environment. Or the college kids who built a shock absorber that saves fuel by turning potholes into power. Here in our third annual Invention Awards, we present these and eight other standout inventors whose creativity and hard work are making our lives better, as well as the secrets for getting your own great idea out of the garage and into the world.