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Happy anniversary, T.G.I.M.B.O.E.J.

Posted By Matthew Trost

T.G.I.M.B.O.E.J. stands for The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronic Junk, and it’s celebrating its first anniversary this week. Do think of it as partly a social experiment, but more so a free-range parcel service-based electronics grab bag that circulates among hardware hackers who are eager to discover useful, cool, old, or even rare treasures […]


Nature vs. humans (and what I'm doing about it): Paul MacCready on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

In 1998, aircraft designer Paul MacCready shares his vision of an earth out of balance, and talks about the steps he’s taking in his own work to help solve it — by building amazing solar airplanes, superefficient gliders and an electric car. It’s a stirring vision of how all of us, no matter what our […]


Gossamer Condor: The Movie

Posted By Tedstaff

Paul MacCready‘s first try for the Kremer Prize for human-powered flight, in 1976, was his Gossamer Condor, a Mylar-covered aircraft powered by a very, very tenacious bicyclist. Filmmaker Ben Shedd followed MacCready’s team as they designed and built this elegant plane. Shedd’s resulting documentary, The Flight of the Gossamer Condor, won an Academy Award in […]


Flying on solar wings: Paul MacCready on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Paul MacCready — aircraft designer, environmentalist, and lifelong lover of flight — talks about his long career. After his record-breaking work on human-powered aircraft in the 1970s, with the Gossamer Condor and Gossamer Albatross, MacCready’s attention turned to addressing a problem he calls “Nature vs. Humans.” The result: a pioneering electric car, refined alternative energy […]