In 1851, A Man Picked Two Unpickable Locks and Changed Security Forever

The pursuit of lock picking is as old as the lock, which is itself as old as civilization. But in the entire history of the world, there was only one brief moment, lasting about 70 years, where you could put something under lock and key—a chest, a safe, your home—and have complete, unwavering certainty that no… » 4/17/15 7:40pm Friday 7:40pm

Take a Tour of New York City's Best Architecture in One Image

Love it or hate it, you have to admit that New York City is home to some of the world’s most impressive and diverse architecture. Pick a style from the last 200 years, and you’re bound to find a fantastic example somewhere in Gotham. Now, you can find them all on one reasonably priced poster. » 4/14/15 6:00pm Tuesday 6:00pm

The Incredible, Tactical Undergarments Designed for the Avengers Cast 

Ever consider what keeps Iron Man from overheating inside his suit? Or protects Cap’s abs when he’s punched in the chest plate? We got an exclusive look at the specialized athletic undergarmets the actors wear — which sounds pervy, until you hear about all the tech that went into making these things. » 4/14/15 4:00pm Tuesday 4:00pm

Why the Simple Aluminum Can Is Actually a Brilliant Piece of Engineering

You probably don’t give much thought to the aluminum can holding your sweet, sweet caffeine hit at lunch. But engineerguy Bill Hammack explains why the simple cylindrical can holding your Diet Coke is actually brilliantly designed and engineered for being both easy and cheap to produce, but also strong and… » 4/14/15 9:20am Tuesday 9:20am

Get A Sneak Peek At YouTube's New Design 

YouTube’s player design has seen us through some tough video times. It was probably sitting there on your first viewing of Friday; the inaugural playing of Gagnam Style, and countless dashcam videos since then. The player’s getting an update soon, but with a little browser trickery, you can take a look right now. » 4/12/15 10:45pm 4/12/15 10:45pm

This 3D Printed Violin Looks Like A Klingon Weapon 

It looks straight out of science fiction, but this terrifying contraption is actually one very modern string instrument. The “Piezoelectric Violin,” brainchild of architects at Miami’s MONAD Studio, has got only two strings, and it’s 3D printed, but according to the designers, it still plays and sounds like its… » 4/11/15 12:00pm 4/11/15 12:00pm

This Lamp Opens Like a Blossoming Flower to Cast More Light

Mother Nature has had a lot more time to perfect her designs than we have. And since she hasn’t bothered patenting a single one, we’re free to not only use her creations as inspiration—but to straight up steal them. So if you’re trying to create a pendant light with an adjustable beam, there’s no reason not to just… » 4/10/15 9:26am 4/10/15 9:26am