These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Who said that laboratories, research centers and other science institutions have to be boring places? Believe me, architects are doing their bests when it comes to designing the headquarters of such facilities. The following 22 images prove that I am right. » 3/25/15 8:00pm Wednesday 8:00pm

Aluminum Powder Fireballs Look Like Tiny Slo-Mo Supernovas

You probably think of aluminum as a solid metal, the kind of thing that could protect you from explosions. That's not always the case—as the magnificent mad scientists at Periodic Videos are here to show us with supernova-style flame balls made from powdered aluminum. » 5/08/14 10:00am 5/08/14 10:00am

Architecture in Helsinki Play Cyborg Scientists In Their New Video

It's been almost ten years since the first and only time I ever talked to Architecture in Helsinki. I was writing for the college newspaper and trying too hard to look cool. But they didn't have to try at all. "Why are you guys so fun?" I asked. "We're from Australia," they replied. » 1/29/14 7:00pm 1/29/14 7:00pm

Table-Top Atom-Smasher Does Amazing Things in a Small Package

How cool is this? Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Easy Bay represent!) have created an atom-smasher that could fit on your kitchen table. Why should the Large Hadron Collider guys have all the fun? » 8/23/11 3:20pm 8/23/11 3:20pm

7 Ways Google Labs Changed the Internet Forever

Google closed the doors on Google Labs today. The ongoing projects aren't disappearing; they'll be absorbed into other departments, and many have already "graduated" into full-fledged products. The spirit and mission of the initiative will live on, just in a decidedly less centralized way. » 7/20/11 5:45pm 7/20/11 5:45pm

The 20 Best Google Labs Add-Ons For Gmail

The best thing about Google is that its employees have all the time in the world-or at least, a Google-bestowed chunk of hours-to devote to various side projects. You might recognize some of these. Like, say, Gmail. » 5/12/11 6:00pm 5/12/11 6:00pm

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Inside Momofuku's Secret Test Lab, a Very Magical Kitchen

I've been wanting to break into (or be invited to, whichever) Momofuku's secret Test Lab since cookbook co-author and all-around ace food writer Peter Meehan revealed its existence six months ago. Alas, I've been beaten by Jimmy Fallon. » 3/01/11 10:20pm 3/01/11 10:20pm

These Lab Flask Mugs Put Your Dweeby Thermos To Shame

Steins of Science, created by a UC Berkeley physicist, are drinking mugs made from heavy-duty lab flasks. Just think how chilly beer stays when it's wrapped in a vacuum "100,000 times more powerful than that of your average thermos." » 12/30/10 10:40am 12/30/10 10:40am

Forget Dull White Coats: Laboratory Life Is Fascinating

If you don't work inside one, you might expect laboratory work to be humdrum. But throughout history, some spectacular scenes have occurred in labs across the world. LIFE brings us a gallery of these moments-from the impressive to the strange. » 11/04/10 8:20pm 11/04/10 8:20pm

More Apple Antenna Lab Spy Shots Surface

Seems there's more to that $100 million antenna testing lab than Steve Jobs let on the other day. Much more, and an ABC News crew was on hand to snap some candid shots during an exclusive tour. Also, dark blankets: » 7/25/10 10:00am 7/25/10 10:00am

Gmail Retires Some Gmail Labs Features, Promotes Others

After 18 months of Gmail Labs being in operation, Google's killing off some unpopular features, but also promoting the oft-used ones to permanent functions. Say hello to the forgotten attachment detector, YouTube previews and custom label colors. » 2/25/10 5:34am 2/25/10 5:34am

Patent for Hardware Antivirus Device Granted To Russian Inventor

Kaspersky Labs, a cybersecurity group based in Russia, was recently awarded the patent for a hardware antivirus device that aims to keep your computer secure by attaching directly to the disk drive, below rootkit access. » 2/16/10 7:20pm 2/16/10 7:20pm

How To Build Your Own Chemistry Set

While an off-the-shelf chemistry set of today consists of little more than baking soda, some vinegar and a plastic volcano, old sets were filled with good stuff, like explosive nitrates and deadly cyanide compounds. » 12/04/08 3:00pm 12/04/08 3:00pm

Photos of Labs at Night Show a Spooky, Soulful Side to Science

Science lab night-time routine goes like this: the experiment concludes, equipment winds slowly down. You rub bleary eyes, stretch your stiff neck, hit "save" on the data for analysis tomorrow. Then you deal with the forest of coffee mugs, flick the light switch and bumble out of the door. But the lab's still there:… » 7/24/08 9:15am 7/24/08 9:15am

Scientists Hack CD Player, Transform It into Lab Scanner

When researchers at the Universidad Polit cnica de Valencia needed a lab scanner, but didn't have the cash to pay for it, they didn't panic. Instead, Angel Maqueira and his colleagues bought a bog-standard CD player &mdash and hacked it, saving themselves a potential $70,000 in the process. » 9/26/07 8:23am 9/26/07 8:23am

Qool Labs QDA Lite and QDA Icon

Qool Labs is releasing two repaqkaged qellphones as the QDA Lite and the QDA Icon. The first qool phone, the QDA Lite, has an Intel PXA 270 520MHz QPU and 64MB of RAM, 128MB internal storage, tri-band GSM and GPRS. For loqal qonneqtivity, it has WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, and USB 2.0. There's also a 2.0 megapixel qamera, a… » 6/27/06 8:02pm 6/27/06 8:02pm

Infinium Labs is Hiring

Infinium Labs, makers of the Phantom game console as well as the Ninjor Handheld Gaming Module (compatible with the GBA, PSP, Gameboy DS, MAME, and that LCD game of Dungeons and Dragons with the bat), the Sparkle Kitten PMP for Babies, and the Chitin Gaming Hard Suit, a full body controller that melds with your… » 8/29/05 11:33am 8/29/05 11:33am