The Inventor Trying to Suck Water From the World's Driest Air

“You asked for it,” Ap Verheggen says in a low, scratchy voice when I ask about the painting on the wall behind him. He proceeds with a Skype tour of his apartment, which is filled with his surrealist sculptures and a coffee table with metal legs modeled after his wife’s face. Today, the 54-year-old Dutch […]

“Inventor of email” appeals ruling that tossed his libel suit against Techdirt

Enlarge / A booth in support of Shiva Ayyadurai, who is running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), displays an ‘Photoshopped’ image of Warren wearing a Native American headdress inside the Conservative Political Action Conference Hub at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Lawyers […]

Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain

Enlarge / Meet inventor Jarek Duda. (credit: Jarek Duda) When Jarek Duda invented an important new compression technique called asymmetric numeral systems (ANS) a few years ago, he wanted to make sure it would be available for anyone to use. So instead of seeking patents on the technique, he dedicated it to the public domain. […]

Amazon Studios moves ahead with film on inventor of the high five

Amazon Studios has lined up some potentially heart-wrenching dramas, but nothing may be as compelling as the creation of the high five. The media company has ordered a script rewrite for a film about Glenn Burke, a Major League Baseball player who’s credited with the first-recorded instance of the iconic gesture when he congratulated a […]

A Danish inventor has been sentenced to life in prison for killing journalist Kim Wall

Reuters/BI Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life in prison for killing journalist Kim Wall. Madsen invited Wall to board his home-made submarine last August. He was the last person to see her alive. Gruesome details of Wall’s death have emerged over the past few months. Warning: Readers may find details of the […]

The Pi Day Google Doodle was made by the inventor of the Cronut — here’s what to know about the day

Pi Day was first established 30 years ago in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw. The day celebrates the number 𝛑, 3.14, and is also Albert Einstein’s birthday and now the day Stephen Hawking died. If you’d like to celebrate the day with a delicious pie, Google got Cronut creator Dominique Ansel to share a recipe for […]

Single dose of meldonium has no benefit & makes no sense – drug inventor on Russian curler’s case

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky’s positive test for meldonium could be a result of someone’s “unlawful actions,” the chemist who invented the drug has told RT, emphasizing that a single dose has no physical effects. It is highly unlikely that Krushelnitsky deliberately took meldonium during the Olympic Games as all the athletes, especially Russians, were well […]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Inventor & Sex Symbol Hedy Lamarr

Algiers actress Hedy Lamarr was one of the most fascinating women to emerge from the golden age of cinema. Known for her striking beauty and often talked about for her portrayal of one of Hollywood’s first nude scenes, Lamarr was a much more complex woman than the studio moguls painted her as. The glamor icon […]

littleBits’ Droid Inventor Kit teaches kids tech with ‘Star Wars’

The latest addition to the littleBits line of products is a Droid Inventor Kit — part of the Force Friday II toy launch ahead of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. “We’ve created a gender-inclusive product that celebrates kids’ own self-expression and ingenuity, while showcasing the same characteristics of imagination, grit and invention that are embodied […]

Sunk submarine mystery: Danish inventor tells court he didn't kill female journalist

Danish inventor Peter Madsen, charged in court Saturday with the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who disappeared on Thursday after boarding his private submarine, has denied any guilt. He previously said he dropped her off on one of Copenhagen’s harbor islands. Media frenzy surrounding the case forced the hearing to be moved to a […]