Retired MU professor develops a brand new brick

Sunday, December 23, 2007 | 5:09 p.m. CST; updated 3:07 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

COLUMBIA — Out of the group of 25 products Popular Science magazine selected this year as nominees for the 2007 invention awards, many conjure up images of super heroes. There’s the electrified telescoping neuroscrambler (an electrified billy club of sorts) and the powered rope ascender, which looks like it came out of Batman’s utility belt.