C5EHM7 Aerial view of the All England Lawn Tennis Club during play at the 2011 Wimbledon Tennis Championships

How does the Wimbledon roof work?

Tennis is a sport that requires good weather, so it’s surprising that one of its premier competitions has been held in rainy England since 1877. So after 132 years and countless rain delays, a roof was built on Wimbledon’s Centre … Continued

Ten-pin bowling

How does a bowling alley work?

Any bowling alley works through a combination of a wooden or synthetic lane flanked by semicylindrical gutter channels, an automated pinsetter machine and ball sorter, and a return ball gully and stacker. The glossy, 60-foot lane is normally constructed out of … Continued


GravityLight: The device that generates light from gravity

You’ve heard of solar-power, wind-power, and even poo-power, but the latest renewable energy innovation uses gravity to generate electricity. The GravityLight device was invented by Jim Reeves and Martin Riddiford as a much-needed solution to an important problem. 20% of … Continued

Energy Floors Sustainable Dance Floor

Energy Floors generate power from your dance moves

Rotterdam-based company Energy Floors uses an electromechanical system to turn kinetic energy into electricity. Its Sustainable Dance Floor uses the movement of dancers to light up the ground beneath their feet. The interactive light show was designed to raise awareness … Continued


How does an X-ray work?

If you’ve ever broken a bone then you’ve probably had an x-ray, but how are these images of our insides made? Find the answer with our latest video! X-rays are a form of light with a much higher frequency than … Continued


How is London’s traffic network controlled?

Smoothing London’s traffic takes a lot of coordination between Transport for London, the London boroughs, and the capital’s 6,000 traffic signal sites. The London Streets Traffic Control Centre, managed by TfL, works to manage traffic flows across the capital. By … Continued


Desolenator machine purifies water using only solar energy

The Desolenator uses energy and heat from the sun to turn dirty or salt water into distilled drinking water. It is entirely self-contained and can provide water stressed towns and villages with a cheap, reliable and convenient source of hydration. … Continued


What is RAM?

Random access memory (RAM) is a type of physical data storage that can be used to read and write data to so it can be accessed by a computer’s CPU (central processing unit). RAM is considerably faster than the hard … Continued

fusion reactor

Top 5 Facts: Fusion power

1) Star power Fusion is the process that powers the Sun and all other stars, and involves fusing together the nuclei of hydrogen atoms, to produce heavier helium atoms and energy. 2) Extreme heat To replicate this on Earth, temperatures … Continued

SmartMat yoga

SmartMat interactive yoga mat helps you perfect your pose

Yoga can be difficult to learn without guidance from a trained instructor, but now you can practice your downward facing dog and lotus pose at home on your own with the new SmartMat. This intelligent yoga mat uses pressure sensors to determine your balance … Continued

Female sprinter with motion blur

What are the top 3 iPhone health apps?

Everywhere you look, people seem to be glued to their smartphones. In a world where everything is accessible through the touch of a button, it’s easy to get distracted from what your body needs. Luckily, the very same pieces of … Continued

Alberta Innovates Smart-E-Pants

Smart-e-Pants: The electrical underwear that prevents bedsores

Bedsores, or pressure ulcers as they are officially known, are a big problem for people who are bed-ridden or confined to wheelchairs. What’s worse is that they often cause serious infections, which can sometimes even be life-threatening. To combat this … Continued

Google Project Ara Spiral 2 prototype

Google Project Ara modular smartphone to launch this year

Google has unveiled the latest prototype for its Project Ara modular smartphone, with plans to launch the innovative handset in Puerto Rico this year. The phone consists of an endoskeleton, or ‘endo’, and a series of modules that can be added … Continued

3D printed tracheal splint that saved the life of a baby

How 3D printing helped save a baby’s life

3D printing isn’t just for making toys or parts for cars, it also has huge medical benefits too. April and Bryan Gionfriddo’s son Kaiba was born with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a condition that occurs when the airway walls are weak and collapse, … Continued

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