What Happens When You Drop a Red Hot Nickel Ball Onto Aerogel

Red hot nickel ball of fire meet your toughest opponent yet: aerogel. In fact, aerogel is such an amazing material and excellent insulator that the eternal flame of the nickel ball does absolutely nothing to it. Like, seriously. It affects the aerogel as much as the normal air around it (or in it too?). But hey.… » 10/18/13 1:00am 10/18/13 1:00am

You Won't Believe What Happens When You Light These Chemicals on Fire

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 together and then lit it on fire? NO?! What's wrong with you? It's unbelievably hellish and impossibly alien combined with one burning force of what the horrifically kraken insane. » 7/18/13 8:00pm 7/18/13 8:00pm

Watch 15,000 Volts of Raw Power Burn Lightning Strikes into Wood

When lightning flashes across the sky, you only get a chance to glimpse its fractal form for a split second. But when you send 15,000 volts coursing through plywood, you get a much better look at how it grows. Melanie Hoff, a student at the Pratt Institute in New York City did just that, and the result is a… » 3/03/13 1:00pm 3/03/13 1:00pm

Laser Tattoo Body-Modding, This Time it's Not Painful: Fingernails

The skin-ablation laser tattoo we showed you recently was creepy mainly because burning your naked skin is going to hurt, but this new laser body-mod tackles a safer target, fingernails. The portraits of famous bods you can see in the image are laser-etched into black nail polish (I know, it looks like they're made of… » 7/15/08 8:10am 7/15/08 8:10am

Guy Uses Laser-Etch Machine to Tattoo Himself (Verdict: Flaming Nutcase)

See that robot there? It's burned by a laser-etch machine. On genyoowine human skin. Ohoho yes: that sent an icky feeling up your spine didn't it? If it didn't, then it should have. Try looking through the gallery, and then watch the video of a skin-etch in action, and that should do the trick... » 7/02/08 7:50am 7/02/08 7:50am

Memorex SimpleSave is Easy DVD Recording For Your Grandparents

Memorex has a crazy (and expensive) new DVD-R line called SimpleSave, which automatically scans your computer for photos and videos and burns them to disc. From the description, these $14.99 for 5 discs sound like they're perfect for your parents or grandparents who don't really know how to use a burner and have… » 6/24/08 5:10pm 6/24/08 5:10pm

Sony Hinting at Blu-ray Recording Directly Inside TVs

Sony's President and Electronics CEO, Ryoji Chubachi, hinted at new areas that their Blu-ray technology could expand into, including burners that sit inside LCD HDTVs with "recording" functionality. If this means that your future Sony TV will be able to record HDTV shows onto Blu-ray, that would be super neat (and… » 4/07/08 3:15pm 4/07/08 3:15pm

Samsung's SH-203N DVD Burner Burns Dual Layer at 16x

Samsung's Super-WriteMaster may not be the fastest burner for regular DVD+Rs (Line-Ons can burn 20x too), but its dual-layer burning seems to be tops. Jumping up from an 10-12x found in other burners, the SH-203 has 16x dual-layer burning, along with 20x for DVD+ and -R, 12x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW. It runs… » 10/29/07 6:00pm 10/29/07 6:00pm

Burn-Your-Favorite-Cult-Classic DVD Kiosk Coming To Walgreens

New ideas are needed to keep the tumbleweeds from blowing through the Walgreens photo department, and the latest is a burn-your-own-DVD kiosk, specializing in the rare and out-of-print. We were the first to report on the DVD Copy Control Association voting to approve the "DVD Download" CSS format. But many of you… » 10/29/07 8:34am 10/29/07 8:34am

Studios Greenlight Downloaded Movie Burning, Caveats Galore

Despite movie download services popping up left and right, most of them haven't reached any kind of mass appeal thanks to limitations on burning to DVD. Some, like CinemaNow, do allow burns, but have some difficulty with certain DVD players. Thanks to Sonic Solutions, there's a new licensing program called Qflix that… » 1/04/07 4:10pm 1/04/07 4:10pm

DIY Overclocked Flashlight—An Arsonist's Dream


Got an arsonist in your family and have no idea what to get him or her this holiday season? Why not build an overclocked Maglite capable of actually burning objects? This Maglite hybrid uses a Osram Sylvania light bulb "overclocked" to 80 times its standard luminosity. Power the sucker up with 12 1200mV NiMH… » 12/01/06 11:38am 12/01/06 11:38am