9 Awesome Inventions Courtesy Of Kids’ Fascinating Imaginations

After recognizing the power of children’s imaginations, an inventor decided to help turn kids’ fascinating ideas into reality.

For his INVENTORS! Project, Dominic Wilcox had more than 450 children and a handful of adults come up with an idea for an invention and illustrate it. The London-based artist and inventor then teamed up with what he calls “makers” to turn the ideas into actual products.

“Instead of just putting the drawings on the fridge door as most adults do with a child’s drawings, why not push the ideas as far as they can go?” reads the INVENTORS! site.

The project consisted of workshops where Wilcox shared his designs and encouraged kids to make their own. The final products were then put on display at an exhibition that ran from Jan. 16 to Jan. 30 in Sunderland, England, where Wilcox was born. With no limits to what they could dream up, the kids thought of inventions such as a fork that also cools your food (see above) and a spider alarm clock that will lick your face if you don’t get out of bed. Wilcox told The Huffington Post in an email that it was “wonderful” watching the kids’ reactions after seeing their ideas come to life.

“It was as though they were seeing their imagination in three dimensions,” he said. “It’s been a real confidence boost to the kids; they have started to realise that their ideas are important and can lead to great things.”

Wilcox told HuffPost the project has sparked positive feedback, which has encouraged him to work even more with his INVENTORS! project.

Even though the exhibition has ended, there are plans to further the project. “We are planning on expanding the project, taking on what we have learned to hopefully inspire more young minds, showing them what —> Read More

Earth From Afar Would Look Only 82% Right For Life

From Lunar orbit, Earth is obviously habitable. But from a distant point in the galaxy, not so much. Image: NASA/LRO.

Right now, we’re staring hard at a small section of the sky, to see if we can detect any planets that may be habitable. The Kepler Spacecraft is focused on a tiny patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy, hoping to detect planets as they transit in front of their stars. But if alien astronomers are doing the same, and detect Earth transiting in front of the Sun, how habitable would Earth appear?You might think, because, well, here we are, that the Earth would look 100% habitable from a distant location. But that’s not the case. According to a paper from Rory Barnes and his colleagues at the University of Washington-based Virtual Planetary Laboratory, from a distant point in the galaxy, the probability of Earth being habitable might be only 82%.Barnes and his team came up with the 82% number when they worked to create a “habitability index for transiting planets,” that seeks to rank the habitability of planets based on factors like the distance from its star, the size of the planet, the nature of the star, and the behaviour of other planets in the system.The search for habitable exo-planets is dominated by the idea of the circumstellar habitable zone—or Goldilocks Zone—a region of space where an orbiting planet is not too close to its star to boil away all the water, and not so far away that the water is all frozen. This isn’t a fixed distance; it depends on the type and size of the star. With an enormous, hot star, the Goldilocks Zone would be much further away than Earth is from the Sun, and vice-versa for a smaller, cooler star. “That was a great first step, but it doesn’t make any distinctions within the habitable zone,” says Barnes.Kepler has already confirmed —> Read More

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