Seeing frozen pizza get made looks a lot like CGI

It kind of makes sense for frozen pizzas to look so fake. As delicious as frozen pizza can be—and trust me, I think they're fantastic—they're barely food. They're more like sodium-laced stripped wheat frisbees topped with spiced rubber parts. Here's how frozen pizza is made in a big factory. If you pretend it's CGI,… » 7/03/14 12:52am 7/03/14 12:52am

Inside Shapeways, the 3D-Printing Factory of the Future

When you walk into the Shapeways headquarters in a sprawling New York City warehouse building, it doesn't feel like a factory. It's something different, somehow unforgettable, inevitably new. As it should be. This is one of the world's first full service 3D-printing factories, and it's not like any factory I've ever… » 6/20/14 10:05am 6/20/14 10:05am

Inside the Colorful Chaos of America's Aging Textile Mills

America's industrial revolution was woven on looms and spun on spools, but it's been decades since the textile industry began declining. Chis Payne, an architect-turned-photographer, began shooting US textile factories in 2010. He's kept it up, too, amassing a visual diary of a changing industry. » 4/03/14 11:20am 4/03/14 11:20am

Which State Will Get Tesla's Gargantuan Battery Factory?

Electric car maker Tesla wants a cheaper, faster way to produce the lithium ion batteries that power its cars, and the company has settled on a gargantuan solution: the so-called "gigafactory" that, if all goes as planned, will crank out more lithium ion batteries than the entire world produced in 2013. » 4/01/14 4:54pm 4/01/14 4:54pm

Apple Is Putting Pressure on Arizona to Stop the State's Anti-Gay Bill

Apple's got a vested interest in Arizona's future—its newest factory will break ground there in 2015, bringing thousands of jobs to the state. And the company is now advocating for local policy. Today, Apple publicly took a stand against the state's highly controversial proposed anti-gay legislation. » 2/25/14 4:55pm 2/25/14 4:55pm

Inside the Incredible, Complex Factories Where Satellites Are Born

Greg White has shot some of the most remote and unusual places in the world. The UK photographer has published photo essays on Chernobyl, Svalbard, and even CERN. But for his latest project, he discovered an alien world within the ordinary confines of his home country: The labs where satellites are built. » 12/13/13 11:20am 12/13/13 11:20am

Let's Hope All Bots Are as Gentle as This Tofu Handling Robot

Sci-fi movies and TV shows have given us a glimpse of the future where robots will eventually set their sights on eradicating humans. It's just one possible outcome, though, and as this robot developed by Lands Work demonstrates, our inevitable artificial companions might actually be far gentler than we fear. » 6/20/13 8:17am 6/20/13 8:17am

Going Inside the DayGlo Factory Is a Mind Bending Colorful Trip

Byte Size Science took a tour inside the DayGlo Pigment Plant to show how DayGlo makes all of its fluorescent colors. It's pretty fascinating—the color becomes taffy textured and then solidified by cooling and then ground up to be like sand and then ground up again to be between 3-5 microns in diamater. And it's so… » 1/09/13 9:00pm 1/09/13 9:00pm

Would You Eat the Meat of a Robot-Deboned Chicken?

Robots and other various non-human "workers" are increasingly performing the work and labor that was once the province of human hands. Often, it's because the machinery is less costly than the salaries paid to flesh-and-blood workers. Other times, it's because humans cannot perform certain tasks as well as a piece of… » 5/31/12 8:40pm 5/31/12 8:40pm

Why Apple Doesn't Make the iPhone in America

The answer is pretty obvious, right? It's cheaper labor! But is that the only reason why Apple (and other companies) outsource its workforce to China as opposed to keeping them in America? No. There's more. The NY Times has an excellent report on why Apple ignores America when it comes to making the iPhone and how… » 1/22/12 10:00am 1/22/12 10:00am