NASA reveals why new World Cup 2014 ball is so much better than 2010's

Every four years there is a new World Cup ball and players have to adapt to its new behavior due to changes on its aerodynamic properties. Players hated the 2010 ball—Jabulani—for its unpredictable moves. Has the new 2014 ball—Brazuca—solved these problems? NASA has the answer. » 6/12/14 4:39pm 6/12/14 4:39pm

Ball FreshTech Auto Canner Review: Pack a Peck of Perfect Pickles

For as deliciously rewarding as canning your own fruits and vegetables can be, the actual canning process isn't all candied rainbows and Martha Stewart smiles; it involves a fair amount of hard work. But why should you do the heavy lifting when this new automated canning system from Ball can do it for you? » 11/26/13 3:40pm 11/26/13 3:40pm

The Basics of Home Canning and Pickling

Winter is coming and you'd better be prepared. The delectably sweet fruits and vegetables in season right now will be shriveled husks rotting in your crisper drawer by the time the snows come. That is, unless you preserve or pickle them. Here's how to put the fruits of your home garden's labors into delicious stasis. » 7/17/13 1:00pm 7/17/13 1:00pm

It Seems that Cars Can Explode In Real Life Just Like In the Movies

Usually, cars don't explode in a huge ball of fire, as Michael Bay wants you to believe. Unless you are at the Kashira highway in Moscow, Russia, just like these guys. » 7/20/12 6:40pm 7/20/12 6:40pm

11 New Lives for Dead Tennis Balls—None of Which Involve Tennis

Old tennis balls may not be able to bounce around the court, but they can be incredibly handy around the house. Here are eleven second acts for the Wilsons. Just give the balls a chance. » 3/30/12 1:00pm 3/30/12 1:00pm

Ball Invasion Game Turns Your Walls Into A Battleground

Augmented reality is interesting, but that technology is way over-used in navigation and point-of-interest apps. That's why it's so refreshing to see a game like Ball Invasion and developers like 13th Lab who use AR in a new and exciting way. » 7/13/11 9:37pm 7/13/11 9:37pm

How A Parisian Artist Created This Stunning Optical Illusion

An eye-popping optical illusion created by Parisian artist François Abelanet is on display outside Paris City Hall. This work of art looks like a giant grass sphere, but it's actually flat. » 7/06/11 9:58pm 7/06/11 9:58pm

Would You Climb Into a Capsule To Escape a Tsunami?

A pair of former Boeing engineers are building an escape pod that would let people ride out the worst of a Tsunami inside a giant ball. The Tsunami capsules could hit the market in two years with a price tag as low as $1000. » 6/29/11 11:12pm 6/29/11 11:12pm

Mr. Bump Is an Alarm Clock You Love to Hate

Ahh, alarm clocks. They are modern-day torture devices designed to interrupt a peaceful slumber. Some make it difficult like Tocky which runs away when it goes off. Others like the classic Mr. Bump help you vent your frustration at having to get up so early. » 6/28/11 8:52pm 6/28/11 8:52pm

Hand-Cranked Machine Plays Catch with Itself

There's something that's oddly hypnotic about watching this hand-cranked machine slice, drop and catch these small spherical rare earth magnets one at a time. The little 5mm ball magnets start out as a connected string, and are continuously fed through the contraption in a loop. As the video goes on, you get to see… » 5/06/11 7:30am 5/06/11 7:30am

A Chair With Better Speakers Than Your Pimped-Out Sound System

Anyone who's toured their local modern art museum has seen a fair share of odd-looking furniture. And the Subsonic Chair would fit right in. » 4/26/11 4:40pm 4/26/11 4:40pm

What Are 25,000 Ping Pong Balls Doing in This Tiny Apartment?

Recently some guy decided that perfect way to decorate his 90 square foot apartment was by plastering its walls with 25,000 ping pong balls. For some reason I think he was on to something. » 1/21/11 11:00pm 1/21/11 11:00pm

The Weirdest Things That Get Dropped on New Years Eve

If you thought dropping Snooki was weird, you haven't seen the rest of America. Some cities drop really weird things on New Years Eve. How weird? How about bologna, sausage, a drag queen, a bag of chips and a possum?

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Wake Up On Time Or This Alarm Clock Will Fling Balls At Your Face

I adore this concept design. It's basically an alarm clock which flings a ball at your face before going off. In order to make the noise stop, you have to find the ball and put it back where it belongs. » 9/28/10 12:40am 9/28/10 12:40am

Light Up a Game of Toss With an LED Ball

Feeling like a game of catch, but the sun's gone down? Try out this DIY ball filled with LEDs. They light up randomly as the ball is shaken up, like a bunch of angry fireflies trapped in a globe. » 9/21/10 2:00am 9/21/10 2:00am

NFL Considers Ball-Tracking Chips for Accuracy


The NFL wants to insert a tracking chip into footballs so that it can give players fair and accurate spots. The new system could cut down on human error and solve many potential arguments during a game » 8/14/10 6:00pm 8/14/10 6:00pm

This Is the Ball That Football Needs

CTRUS. A football—as in soccer—that doesn't use air but an inner elastic structure and an elastomer skin that perfectly simulates a real football. It's also the ball that would avoid many referee mistakes. » 3/22/10 2:40pm 3/22/10 2:40pm

Gifts For Pets Owned By Geeks Who Treat Them Like Spoiled Children

In all honesty, this entire list is a "do not buy" for normal people, but I love my dogs beyond reason. So, here are some unreasonable gifts for them, your pets and your pet loving geek friends. » 11/24/09 3:20pm 11/24/09 3:20pm

Virtusphere Combines Virtual Reality With the Hamster Ball, Adds Broken…

I think I and quite a few others have had this idea before, but some crazy Russians have actually built a 10-foot, stationary hamster ball for humans that translates movement to on-screen action. » 7/14/09 10:00pm 7/14/09 10:00pm

Hand Charge Your Floating Musical Orgel Spa Ball

This Orgel Spa is a floating, hand cord-charged ball that plays one song and one song only. It's waterproof, goes into your bath, and is supposed to give you three minutes of relaxation. » 4/20/09 3:20pm 4/20/09 3:20pm