Why stop at having a shiny red nose when you can have one that blinks, too, and no hangover the next morning? Engineer and amateur-jewelry-maker Jerry created a nifty little holiday stickpin featuring Rudolph the red-nose reindeer. His low-tech invention involves wiring a low-voltage blinking LED to a 3V battery using pieces from a metal paper clip, then attaching the components to a stickpin. Wear it to your next holiday event, and we guarantee you'll be the toast of the town!
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
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