The most popular artificial material on Earth isn’t steel, plastic, or aluminum — it’s concrete. Thousands of years ago, we used it to build civilizations, but then our knowledge of how to make it was lost. Here’s how we discovered concrete, forgot it, and then finally cracked the mystery of what makes it so strong.
Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem. The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days, and close famous streets to vehicular traffic—but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe. Now a much bigger idea is going into…
The immense popularity of Starbucks means that every other person you see on the street is holding one of its highly recognizable green and white paper cups. So what better way could there be to hide a can of beer in plain sight than with this special plastic lid that lets you camouflage it inside a coffee cup?
Several years ago, rumors began to swirl that Marvel Studios was going to send Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk into space for an adaptation of the popular comic storyline, Planet Hulk. Now that Hulk now going into the cosmos for Thor: Ragnarok, this could be the time.
As we head deeper into the 21st century, we're starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we're also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence.
Modder Valplushka gave a thorough overhaul to a quadcopter and brought to life the single most annoying enemy in Half-Life 2. All this time, the dystopian haunts of City 17 were just a town in modern day Russia.
Hedy Lamarr lived an extraordinary life. She was an actress who pushed boundaries, an inventor who went unappreciated in her time, and a sex symbol who was very much appreciated in her time. And given the life she led in the 1940s you might expect her to have a rather thick FBI file. But you’d be wrong.
Figma’s Table Museum series is adding another iconic artistic masterpiece to its collection. Following up on action figure versions of the Venus de Milo and Michelangelo’s David, there’s now a bizarre multi-limbed version of Leondardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man to add to your toy box.
Golf hazards like sand bunkers and lakes might ruin your day—but one hazard at Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida could end your life.
You know how people often complain that the hojillion TV spots any big movie receives these days often let you see most of the damn film before it’s even out? This latest TV spot for Ghostbusters features a scene that was probably best saved for the movie.
An innovative sponge-filled dressing device recently saved the life of a coalition forces soldier who was shot in the leg. It’s the first documented clinical use of the product, known as XSTAT.
We have the very first photos of the Potters in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. Ginny (Poppy Miller) looks like a perfectly normal adult, Albus Severus (Sam Clemmett) looks like an average Hogwarts student, and Harry (Jamie Parker) very much looks like he’s ready to toss this whole wizarding thing in a…
Custom builder František Hajdekr has managed to create a working Lego chainsaw that includes a functional power trigger, a brake lever, and a spinning chain blade. Without sharpened teeth on the chain the saw will be hard-pressed to cut even softened butter, but the miniature replica is no less impressive.
After last week’s harrowing episode, you can’t blame “Blood of My Blood” for wanting—needing, even—to take a step back. The flip side is that “Blood of My Blood” is a bit of a letdown.
It’s an observation repeated loud and often by climate deniers: while Greenland melts like a popsicle in the summer sun, Antarctica is staying chill. Parts of the coastline are actually gaining sea ice. According to a new scientific paper, there’s no conspiracy to be found here, but rather, a manifestation of global…
Platinum is one of the rarest and most useful metals on the planet. A new video from Cody’s Lab explains why a significant amount of this precious element exists in the dirt and dust by the roadside—and how it can be extracted.
If you’re still using the default photo management options that come pre-installed on your phone, you’re missing out. There are a ton of innovative third-party album apps out there, all of which are designed to make managing and sharing your photos easier. Here are the ones that impressed us most.