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

Inside the Mesmerising Robotic Factory Where Teslas Are Born

It can't be easy to build a car, but the factory where Teslas are born makes it looks like a piece of cake. The folks over at Wired took a look behind the scenes to watch rolls of aluminum transform into fully functional electric cars, and it's a sight to behold. » 7/17/13 2:20pm 7/17/13 2:20pm

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

How Fujifilm's Lusted-After X100 Camera Got Back On Its Feet…

While the subject of Fujifilm's propaganda video is sad (Japanese earthquake delays production of one of the finest cameras ever!), the production qualities of the video are simply hilarious. Anyone would think they were shooting Michael Jackson's last days. » 6/30/11 4:00am 6/30/11 4:00am