Magic tricks can draw on dexterity, science, technique or even psychology. Here, we offer you the chance to travel back in time, to the beginning of the 20th century, and to reveal to you a few tricks of the period.
Consideration of sex and gender is woefully lacking in science and innovation today, says Londa Schiebinger, director of the Gendered Innovations project at Stanford University. Until recently, attention to these factors was focused on the problems of bias they could cause.
There is something wrong with a situation in which some 95% of innovations never find an application. This is the case for academic research, in which the vast majority of inventions end up getting shelved, says Dan Perez, PhD student and CEO of the internet start-up Marblar.com.
Adam Steltzner's father told him he wouldn't amount to much. He spent his youth barely passing school and "studying sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," he says. Then he found a purpose in the stars — and led the team that dreamed a daring new scheme to get NASA's latest rover on Mars.
Like necessity, war breeds invention, so it is not surprising that many great scientists and engineers have made significant contributions to warfare. Our gallery shows how conflict has sparked innovation – and sometimes regret