The Dirty, Dilapidated, and Delightful Water Towers of New York City

New Yorkers: How well do you know your local skyline? Enough to be able to tell these 23 water towers apart, and place them in the borough where they belong? It's a day ending in "y" which means—hey look, Popchartlab has a new print out! This time the team has icon-ized a selection of the city's distinctive (and often… » 9/30/14 5:00pm Tuesday 5:00pm

Wrap Your Walls In a Glorious Tribute To Classic Cartridge Gaming

Nintendo has stuck with plastic cartridges for its portable gaming machines, but every other console you can buy today left them behind years ago. Which is too bad, because there was a certain charm to swapping those old seemingly indestructible game carts. And if you're feeling nostalgic for them, you can now deck… » 9/29/14 5:00pm Monday 5:00pm

Study the Science of Shots With a Chemistry Set For Your Bar

When you think about it, is there really much difference between someone with their PhD in chemistry and a bartender? Both are probably dealing with a crippling mountain of debt, both concoct solutions and mixtures, and both are hoping for a positive reaction. So why wouldn't a mixologist feel right at home serving… » 9/26/14 5:20pm Friday 5:20pm

Fill This Metal Blood Bag Flask With Other Life-Giving Liquids

The unique shape of this stainless steel flask makes it look like a blood bag full of life-giving serum for the T-1000 from Terminator 2, and that's not too far from the truth. The prototype for the Liquid Body Flask—designed by the folks at The Principals—was actually created by pumping water into a couple of panels… » 9/23/14 5:00pm 9/23/14 5:00pm

Finally, a Pair of Waterproof Chucks That'll Survive a Soaking

Converse's All Star Chucks have such an iconic design that they can even be paired with a formal suit without fashion critics batting an eye. Unfortunately they're mostly designed for casual wear, nothing adventurous, but that's why Converse is releasing a couple of limited edition pairs that have been upgraded with… » 9/19/14 4:40pm 9/19/14 4:40pm

A Chemistry Set Spice Rack Puts Science in the Spotlight At Supper Time

Even something as simple as making toast involves a whole lot of complex science that most of us don't even think about. But when dinner preparation involves a chemistry set full of spices, you'll be hard pressed to not wonder about all the chemical reactions going down in your dinner. » 9/17/14 5:00pm 9/17/14 5:00pm

A Festive Lightning Charging Cable With Built-in Christmas Lights

Deck the halls, deck your desk, and charge your iPhone or iPad this holiday season with a USB Lightning cable featuring festive LED bulbs along its length—even if Christmas is months away. It's the easiest and most useful way to bring holiday cheer wherever you go, even if those ten power-sipping LEDs mean your device… » 9/16/14 5:00pm 9/16/14 5:00pm

These Richly Detailed Maps Give the Modern World a Victorian Twist

Wouldn't we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams, whose maps are part of an exhibition for the… » 9/15/14 5:00pm 9/15/14 5:00pm

This Revolving Ring Keeps Your Keys and Saves Your Fingernails

Nothing Apple announced on Tuesday has as much life-changing potential as this revolving keyring does. It's apparently based on a clever design from the late 1800s that was either lost to time, or confiscated by aliens to slow mankind's progress. Either way, it's back, and ready to save your fingernails every time you… » 9/12/14 5:20pm 9/12/14 5:20pm

Plankton Makes This Dinosaur Toy Glow, Batteries Not Required

As the story goes, the folks at BioPop were trying to make a sustainable light that relied on something other than man-made batteries. They tried using a bioluminescent plankton called dinoflagellates, but the tiny creatures required too much intervention to be a practical light source. They would, however, make for a… » 9/11/14 5:00pm 9/11/14 5:00pm

Skateboards With VHS Tape-Inspired Decks Let You Rewind a Few Decades

The thought that today's kids will certainly have no concept of what VHS cassettes were is a little sad for those of us who grew up taping TV, rewinding movies, and messing with that mysterious tracking dial. But VHS cassette tapes will be far from forgotten as long as a few skateboarders embrace these retro-styled… » 9/10/14 5:00pm 9/10/14 5:00pm

A Clever Front-Loading Picture Frame Makes Swapping Artwork Easy

Have you ever spent a few maddening hours trying to get a photo perfectly centered behind a matboard in a frame? It's made all the more difficult because you have to blindly arrange the upside-down pieces from the back of the frame. So why has it taken this long for someone to come up with a picture frame that easily… » 9/09/14 5:00pm 9/09/14 5:00pm

Set This Flashing USB Dongle to Notify You of Just About Anything

We live in an auditory landscape populated by dings, blips, and jangling—constant reminders of the probably-dire messages you're missing on your phone or computer. If you're like me, your stomach drops a little bit each time you hear those familiar bleeps. Which is why Blink1, a notification device that gives you a… » 9/04/14 5:00pm 9/04/14 5:00pm

Chalk Markers Let Kids Tag the World Without Breaking the Law

If you're a well-known street artist who wants your legacy to live on through your kids, you're going to want to get them comfortable with graffiti at a young age. Except that handing a three-year-old a can of spray paint or a thick indelible marker is a terrible idea. They need to hone their skills with something… » 9/03/14 5:00pm 9/03/14 5:00pm