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What happens when you pour molten aluminum into a lava lamp

Pouring molten aluminum into things is always a fun science experiment so let’s see what happens when the hot hot gooey metal gets dropped inside a groovy lava lamp. A lot of what you expect to happen, happens: the molten aluminum initially follows the wax pattern but then eventually overwhelms the liquid and starts… »6/01/15 8:00pm6/01/15 8:00pm

New Iron-Aluminum Alloy Is Strong and Light as Titanium, 10% of the Cost

The best materials are, by and large, the most expensive: carbon fiber, diamond and scandium all have properties to lust for, but an eye-watering price tag to match. Now, material scientists have tweaked an iron-aluminum alloy at the nano-scale to make a material that's as strong and light as titanium, another… »2/05/15 7:30am2/05/15 7:30am

How Priority Bicycles Made a "Maintenance Free" Bike For Under $400

Buying a bike is all about compromises. You can get a cheap one at Target, but it'll be heavy and have low-end components. Or you could get a light bike with killer components, but you'll be paying through the nose. Priority Bicycles is a new company that thinks it's found the sweet spot: A cheap, light, "maintenance… »7/15/14 8:00am7/15/14 8:00am

Magic fabric doesn't catch fire after being doused with molten aluminum

The molten aluminum being poured out onto the thin black fabric is bubbling at a scorching 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. That's hot. And yet, for all the heat and fire and flame power, the magic fabric easily withstands the burning liquid metal. The fabric doesn't catch fire, it doesn't get burned through and there's not a… »6/25/14 12:27am6/25/14 12:27am

A Sleek, Minimalist Aluminum Wallet With a Handy Eject Button

An ultra-thin wallet is the only way to avoid bulging pockets if you've opted for skintight jeans. But what good is a sleek wallet if it's next to impossible to get your cards out? That's why the Secrid wallet features an actual eject button at the bottom, forcing your credit and debit cards up so they're easy to… »6/18/13 2:54pm6/18/13 2:54pm