By Stewart Wolpin
Posted 05.14.2012 at 5:47 pm 1 Comment
More cellphones meet their demise from exposure to moisture than from any other cause--so we've all got a vestedinterest in waterproof phones. In the past, a user who wanted to protect his phone had to buy a watertight case, and thus double the size of the device.
Fire ants might be infuriating little beasts, an invasive species we'd all be pleased to see banished to its native Brazil, but it turns out a fire ant colony has some pretty amazing properties. In groups, they knit together, more like a fabric than anything else, and are waterproof, totally flexible, and nearly indestructible. A mechanical engineer describes these groups as behaving like a thick liquid.
A watch steals a trick from the auto industry to survive the deep sea
By John Biggs
Posted 05.23.2008 at 11:30 am 2 Comments
Lose track of time underwater, and you could lose your life when your oxygen runs out. Luckily, the Eterna KonTiki Diver watch saves you from your own absentmindedness. It uses technology from the automotive industry to stay waterproof at 3,280 feet without tightly screwing down its winding stem (a step that users often forget with other mechanical diving watches).
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.