Behind London’s Wall of Steel: Designing the Thames Barrier

The large, stainless steel ‘hoods’ on each pier of the Thames barrier are what make this London landmark so instantly recognisable to both tourists and locals alike. But while people may find it easy to recognise, they might not necessarily understand how it works. Read More >>

Can You do Photomicrography at Home?

You may not realise that photomicrography is something you can easily try for yourself at home. In fact, the chances are you’ve got all the equipment you need already – right in your pocket. Read More >>

The Microwave: Invented by Mistake

Somehow the humble microwave oven always appears to be a device from the near future, but the truth is, it’s been irradiating our food into readiness for decades now. So long in fact, that if it were a person it would be pulling a pension already. We decided to take a look at the history of this device which changed kitchens forever despite being invented by my mistake. Read More >>

The Quest to Touch Virtual Objects

Media, from television and radio to the internet, only takes advantage of two of our senses: sight and sound. Traditionally speaking, our sense of touch has rarely been utilised in analogue or digital communication. Read More >>

happy hour
How to Make Your Own Cider

Real Cider is a tremendously satisfying drink -- quintessentially English, beautifully refreshing. The methods of production -- on the smaller scale, at least -- really haven't changed that much over the centuries, and making your own offers an inventive glimpse into a fascinating part of our rural food culture. Read More >>

3d printing
The 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand

When carpenter Richard Van As cut off four of his fingers on his right hand in a circular saw accident in 2011 he was presented with a problem: how to continue his work as a carpenter without bankrupting himself on a prohibitively expensive prosthetic hand? Read More >>

The Evolution of Visual Effects in Film

Visual effects have grown substantially since Georges Méliès sent a spaceship crashing into the moon over 100 years ago. From 7ft blue avatars, tigers in the ocean to hundreds of little yellow minions, it appears that anything is now possible in the world of filmmaking. Read More >>

Helios Bars: The Arrival of the Smart Bike

In congested cities like London, the bicycle can be one of the most efficient ways of getting about the place. The issues of safety and theft, however, have put many people off this mode of travel. Read More >>

Inventing the Cardboard Bicycle

Would you have thought it possible to make a bicycle from cardboard? It may seem like an unlikely form of transportation but one such inventor, an Israeli engineer and systems developer, Izhar Gafni, has created a bike made from cardboard that is strong, waterpoof and costs just £10 to manufacture. Read More >>

The Hand Craftsmanship Behind a McLaren

Car enthusiasts tend to talk about the McLaren Technology Centre in hushed tones such is the reverence for the place. Since it opened in 2003 it has taken on an almost mythical quality and it is true, as you approach the glistening, curving edifice walled with glass from the other side of the artificial lake, it does all start to feel a little otherworldly. Read More >>

Graciously Green: The Designer, Low-Energy Light Bulb

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or, in the vernacular, energy-saving light bulbs, last 8 times longer than the traditional light bulb and use about 80 per cent less energy. This is all well and good, but if we're being honest, most CFLs are not lookers, and perhaps more importantly, they don't produce much light -- even after you've waited a few minutes for them to warm up. Read More >>

Stem Cells
Engineering 3D-Printed Stem Cells

While much has been said on the topic of 3D printing within the context of the maker movement, it is in the medical world where arguably the most important advances are being made. Scientists at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have recently proven they can print human embryonic stem cells, a breakthrough which has the potential to revolutionise organ replacement in the coming years. Read More >>

Mark Champkins
Mark Champkins: The Science Museum’s Inventor-in-Residence

Coming up with ideas and inventions on demand is tricky. I work as the Science Museum's "inventor-in-residence" and it is my job to generate a stream of products and ideas that are interesting to the science-savvy as well as engaging to those new to the museum. If possible the products should also be wildly popular and generate lots of income. No pressure then. Read More >>

The Future of Advertising Will Stop You In Your Tracks

As we become ever-numb to traditional forms of advertising, it is growing increasingly important for companies to incorporate new technology into their campaigns to excite and captivate their intended audience. At the ISE trade show in Amsterdam this month, Sharp unveiled a rather clever new device that makes advertising a more personalised experience; something that businesses could soon be snapping up in an attempt to engage the public. Read More >>

Lord Rees Astronomer Royal on Aliens, the Big Bang, and the Multiverse

In a rare opportunity to speak to one of Britain's greatest living scientists we decided to ask the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, the big questions: is there extraterrestrial life out there, are there other universes and what came before the Big Bang? Read More >>