How a Giant Underground Air Conditioner Supplies Zermatt With Snow

Ski season and crap tons of snow don't always coincide with one another in the way resorts would like. That means they have to use the power of machines to manufacture snow. The resort of Zermatt, Switzerland, does that on a polar vortex-like scale, thanks to 1,000 machines pumping out 7 megawatts of power for oodles… » 1/24/14 10:40am 1/24/14 10:40am

A genius guy invented the perfect machine to make a single cookie

Here's the thing about chocolate chip cookies: they're delicious. Here's another thing: unless you're a professional baker maestro who bakes a batch everyday and tweaks their cookie recipe after every time to adjust the flavor, it's going to be hard to come up with the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's a… » 1/13/14 8:30pm 1/13/14 8:30pm

The splooge of making Pop-Tarts is so very hypnotic

Splooge, fold, press. Splooge, fold, press. Splooge, fold, press. The machines making Pop-Tarts are so mesmerizing. You just can't take your eyes off the black magic that is creating addictive processed food. My brain invents its own soundtrack when I see it go on and on and on in the GIF, which was spotted on Reddit.… » 1/02/14 7:34pm 1/02/14 7:34pm

This Next Generation Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurant Is the Future

Conveyor belt sushi restaurants are usually only worth going to once in your life. The sushi is hardly ever amazing since it spins on the belt over and over again while the dishes you actually want might be snatched ahead of you so you never get to eat it. Not to mention plates stacking on your table, plastic covers… » 10/17/13 10:48pm 10/17/13 10:48pm

5 Creatures That Have Evolved Into Badass Biological Machines

The natural world might be awe-inspiring, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t share similarities with the technological world that we inhabit. In fact, as biologists have come to look at creatures in closer detail, they've discovered that some of them have been using basics of engineering—that we now take for… » 10/07/13 12:00pm 10/07/13 12:00pm

Using an Excavator As a DIY Water Park Ride Is Death Defying Fun

It's the middle of August. It's hot. You want to break open every fire hydrant you see. You view ice cubes as a precious resource. You see air conditioning as the greatest invention ever created. You can't wait to forget that you are a sweaty pig. You are jealous of these three guys in Russia who have hitched… » 8/20/13 2:00am 8/20/13 2:00am

Making Your Own Pen Is So Beautiful It Might Be Worth It

Things I've considered making on my own: a computer, a coffee table, a treehouse, mayonnaise and a few other things. Things I've never considered making on my own: toilet paper, socks, phones and pens. But maybe I should reconsider that last one. Making your own pen is such a beautiful process of machinery porn that I… » 5/04/13 1:00am 5/04/13 1:00am