Decay and Demolition Inside a Dying Cement Factory

The first cement factory in Hungary has reached its sorry end. The monstrous industrial complex of Lábatlan was established by Balázs Konkoly-Thege on the right bank of river Danube in 1868, and in the very beginning, Roman cement was made here in a wood-fueled 16 chamber furnace. Today, the factory is a lovely… » 1/16/15 9:00am 1/16/15 9:00am

Scientists Have Found the Ancient Secret of Indestructible Concrete

For the most part, we humans are better at things than we were thousands of years ago. But there are some things the ancients had down pat. Roman concrete, for instance, is just way better than anything we can whip up today. Finally, after some 2,000 years, modern-day scientists have figured it out. And it's a secret… » 6/15/13 5:30pm 6/15/13 5:30pm

We Could Use Cement Circuits in Gadgets Someday

Alchemy, at 2,000 degrees Celsius. A new study from the Argonne National Laboratory reports that a group of scientists from Japan, Finland, America, and Germany have used lasers to turn liquid cement into a glassy, liquid metal. » 6/12/13 4:52pm 6/12/13 4:52pm

WebOS Stalling, More Cement Implants, and Other Stories We Didn't Post

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case. » 11/30/11 8:40pm 11/30/11 8:40pm

Woman Gets Fix-A-Flat Tire Sealant, Cement, Mineral Oil and Superglue…

If this woman told you she was a doctor and you wanted butt implants, would you let her inject a mixture of cement, super glue, mineral oil and Fix-A-Flat tire mender into your buttocks? But of course you would! » 11/21/11 10:20am 11/21/11 10:20am

Sit on a Pile of Trash

This "Trash Cube", designed by Nicolas Le Moigne, uses leftover roofing material to make up its shape. When workers throw scrap fiber cement away, they toss it into a cube-shaped mold to form the seat. Recycling is useful. » 12/11/10 6:00pm 12/11/10 6:00pm

How to Make a Cool Concrete Planter of Your Own

Looking to bring some plant life into your room? Or trying to figure out a holiday gift that's a little more original than a lame-o gift certificate? All you need is some tools, some cement, a succulent and this guide. » 11/18/10 5:40pm 11/18/10 5:40pm