Golf trick shot activates Rube Goldberg machine to cook hot dogs

You would think that you could only do so much with golf trick shots but David Kalb, trick shot extraordinaire, takes it to another level. He rigs his trick shots so they have to be absolutely perfect because they eventually turn into Rube Goldberg machines that can make hot dogs and create flaming watermelon heads. » 7/12/14 12:00am 7/12/14 12:00am

Inside San Franciso's Fire Department, Where Ladders Are Made by Hand

San Francisco's Fire Department is one of the few left in the United States that still uses wooden ladders. Each is made by hand at a dedicated workshop. Some have been in rotation for nearly a century. We'll get to the why and how, but hang on: Wouldn't a wooden ladder burn? Yes. They go up in flames. » 7/11/14 1:00pm 7/11/14 1:00pm

Watch a Researcher Zip Line Over the Door to Hell For Science

The more biologists look, the stranger the places they find life. Whether it's in the boiling mud ponds of Yellowstone or in radioactive seams miles beneath the surface of the Earth, microbes seem capable of surviving just about anywhere. That's why one team is heading to the deep desert of Turkmenistan to see if life… » 7/10/14 12:00pm 7/10/14 12:00pm

Magic fabric doesn't catch fire after being doused with molten aluminum

The molten aluminum being poured out onto the thin black fabric is bubbling at a scorching 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. That's hot. And yet, for all the heat and fire and flame power, the magic fabric easily withstands the burning liquid metal. The fabric doesn't catch fire, it doesn't get burned through and there's not a… » 6/25/14 12:27am 6/25/14 12:27am

A Candle-Powered Speaker Keeps Playing Even When the Power's Out

Using a scientific phenomenon known as the Peltier-Seebeck or thermoelectric effect, where a voltage is produced via a device with contrasting temperatures, this Bluetooth speaker called the Pelty can run on nothing but burning candles. So the next time you lose power during a brownout, you'll have both light and… » 6/24/14 6:00pm 6/24/14 6:00pm

Woman's hair burns during selfie, shows why we should stop being idiots

This girl burned her hair rushing to jump into frame for a selfie. Who's to blame? Her? Or maybe it's the uncouth cameraman taking a vertical video. We should toss some blame towards the open flame candle at a small table too. But perhaps, it's all of us in the wrong. As in all of humanity. » 6/06/14 2:47am 6/06/14 2:47am