Huge chocolate mill reveals delicious changing geometry as you shave it

This huge chocolate mill—created by Studio Wieki Somers and chocolatier Rafael Mutter for a retrospective on the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld—reveals intricate geometrical designs as you rotate the sharp metal arm that shaves it one millimeter at time. It cements my conviction that all art should be edible and… » 7/23/14 8:20pm 31 minutes ago

How Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Taught Me to Love Technology

You might not believe me, but I was kind of a nerd when I was a kid. My family lived out in the mountains, miles away from anyone my age, so I spent my days buried in books and playing with my rock collection. Then, the summer before I started kindergarten, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids hit theaters and my world view… » 7/23/14 8:00pm 51 minutes ago

Google Maps App Now Gives Suggestions Based on Weather and Time of Day

The Google Maps app has proved invaluable for the intrepid urban explorer in navigating the city. Now a new update for iOS and Android can provide specific contextual details about what's around you depending on your location, time of day, and even the weather. So if it's raining (or about to), it will warn against… » 7/23/14 7:46pm Today 7:46pm

Cyclist films his own road accident, saves life miraculously

"The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this," says YouTube user cyclejack. "This" being an idiot in a car deciding to ignore him, ramming and sending him and his bicycle into the air. Miraculously, he wasn't injured, just bruised. » 7/23/14 7:22pm Today 7:22pm

A Website That Warps You Back to the Hit Songs of Your Youth

Do you ever have flashbacks to that middle school dance, the one where you slow-danced to All-4-One and had your first kiss under an elm tree while Quad City DJs closed out the night. (Not that that happened to me or anything.) A dead simple but super fun website now lets you travel back to those hit songs. » 7/23/14 6:27pm Today 6:27pm

The Ice-Diving Robot That Could Look for Alien Life on Jupiter's Moon

The search for extraterrestrial life begins, often enough, on Earth. In this case, it's an Alaskan glacier, where the robot VALKYRIE is proving its ice-chomping abilities in a field test. VALKYRIE is supposed to one day land on Jupiter's moon, Europa, where it will drill through miles of ice to reach the liquid oceans… » 7/23/14 5:59pm Today 5:59pm

How To Scan 50 Miles of Historical Documents Into an Online Archive

Tracking the lightning quick development of modern cities is easy with Google Street View, but a big new project aims to provide context for the past 1,000 years of urban evolution in Venice, Italy. The Venice Time Machine will digitize and catalog a staggering amount of historical documents—a combined 50 miles worth… » 7/23/14 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

These Graphic Prints Contain The Text of Your Favorite Books

There are lots of different kinds of love out there, but perhaps none more pure than between people and their favorite books. You could keep a copy of your one and only out at all times, prominently placed on a shelf at home, or you could spring for one of these posters, t-shirts, or totes from Litographs, which… » 7/23/14 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

This 45-Story Slum Could Finally Become a Finished Skyscraper

There is perhaps no unfinished skyscraper more infamous than Torre de David, a 45-story shell of a building that has informally housed about 5,000 Venezuelans since 2007. Now the property that has become known as the world's tallest slum is being acquired by Chinese investors, and this week, the government began… » 7/23/14 4:34pm Today 4:34pm

How to Turn An Old Satellite Dish Into a Working Radio Telescope

Radio telescopes, which you may remember Jodie Foster intently listening to for signs of alien life in Contact, pluck out radio waves from far away space. Ordinary communications satellite dishes also pick up radio waves, but of manmade origin. So hmm, how easily can you convert one into another? It's totally… » 7/23/14 4:21pm Today 4:21pm

Valve's Crazy Steam Controller Is One Step Closer to Being Normal

When Valve first announced its controller for the Steambox, it was a weird little dude with strange, small buttons and a touchscreen. And for as weird as it was, it was kind of great. Then it lost the touchscreen for standard buttons and a D-pad. And now it's getting a thumbstick. » 7/23/14 3:45pm Today 3:45pm

My new favorite Twitter account is @CrimeADay

Back in college I took an undergrad law course that devoted a day to looking at silly old laws that were still on the books. One of the laws stated that it was illegal to serve margarine in any Wisconsin restaurant without also offering customers butter. The whole class thought it was hilarious. And then, not a few… » 7/23/14 3:34pm Today 3:34pm