Forget the garlic. Put away your crucifix. IBMers in Zurich are working on a way to protect you from a 21st Century’s demon called ‘Vampire Energy’— the power used while you leave your gadgets and appliances turned off and plugged in. By developing a transistor that regulates energy usage, this innovation aims to cut your devices’ power consumption by as much as 90%. This could save U.S. households billions in power costs. A scary good trick, and an even better treat– Muah-ha-ha-ha! Happy Halloween, everyone.
Next time you hit ‘send’ and wish you hadn’t, don’t panic. This patent let’s you revise your email and recipients before it’s read and feathers are ruffled. So impulsive types, keep calm and carry on! See the newly-awarded Patent No. 8,468,209.
We’re excited to announce the official launch of Storyboard, our new hub for in-depth conversations with Tumblr’s creative community. We’ll be posting regular features on creators working in and around Tumblr’s massively diverse cosmos — writers, musicians, animators, scientists, artists, archivists, chefs, comedians, or anyone else with a great story to tell. Today we’re talking about Michael Stipe, the New York Times, Afghanistan, and the design mechanics of the Tumblr Dashboard.
We want to hear your stories too. If you’re interested in submitting a story (or even a story idea) for us to publish, just post it on Tumblr tagged with #storyboard. Our editors will monitor the tag and the community’s interactions there, promoting stories that resonate. And if your story really works, we’ll ask to expand it for publication on Storyboard itself.