Making a screw flush with the surface is like creating invisibility

When a screw sticks out on metal or isn't perfectly flush with the surface, an angel in heaven loses an eyeball. Or something like that. But fret not eyeballs of angels in heaven, people of Earth can make a screw completely flush. It's a lot of filing and sanding and hammering but eventually the screw disappears. » 12/16/14 9:11pm Tuesday 9:11pm

Making metal framed eyeglasses looks like a fun lab experiment

I'm pretty sure the only time I prefer the look and feel of plastic over metal is with the frames of glasses. I just like acetate frames more. But! The process of making metal frames, like these pair of metal MYKITA glasses, is so interesting that I may need to get a pair. It's like watching scientists in a lab… » 11/24/14 9:37pm 11/24/14 9:37pm

Seeing an old anvil get restored is surprisingly enjoyable

Wow. This is actually really cool. Jimmy DiResta found an old anvil from an antique store and restored it to its previous glory. The finished restored anvil looks fantastic but it's the entire process that's got me slack jawed. All the sparkles and whirring and refining and polishing makes restoring look like a form… » 10/09/14 12:16am 10/09/14 12:16am

Foolish Scientists Have Just Created Shape-Shifting Metal

Most movies are works of fiction, but the plots are based on real-world ideas. Including, apparently, the nightmarish future put forth in Terminator 2. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University decided the world would be a better place with terrifying shape-shifting T-1000s, and so have developed a… » 9/22/14 9:07am 9/22/14 9:07am

Why Beer Isn't Sold in Plastic Bottles

Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives- it's cheap, can be moulded into practically any shape and is, for the most the part, easily recyclable (when people bother to). So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in? Is it to do with aesthetics? Taste? Or is… » 9/01/14 10:00am 9/01/14 10:00am

A lightsaber katana is the closest we'll get to Star Wars in real life

I'm still holding out hope for light sabers in the future but with our world's technological limitations and silly allocation of resources, the most beautiful deadly sword-type weapon we can create without lasers might be this mashup of a lightsaber and katana made by Man At Arms: Reforged. » 8/11/14 9:28pm 8/11/14 9:28pm

Fun guy spins his head like a metal rock star while doing construction

It doesn't get any more metal than this. This headbanger filmed a video of himself spinning his head and making his hair whip in dizzying circles while working construction jobs. It's so hardcore badass but also incredibly goofy and fun all at the same time. He rocks out with his caulk out. » 7/02/14 11:09pm 7/02/14 11:09pm

Wire magically untangles itself in water

Nitinol wire, a metal alloy made from nickel and titanium, basically has magic properties that lets it remember its 'original' shape. You can bend it over and over, twist it up, bunch it together and confuse the heck out of it however much you want but once you throw it in hot water, it'll snap back to its original… » 6/10/14 11:14pm 6/10/14 11:14pm

Mushrooms Can Mine the Gold From Your Old Cellphones

Crack open your dumb old phone, and you'll find lots of circuits and no lack of precious metals. "In 100,000 cell phones, it's estimated that there is 2.4 kilograms of gold, more than 900 kilograms of copper, 25 kilograms of silver, and more," according to Motherboard. Could a safer and and cheaper method of… » 4/14/14 7:00pm 4/14/14 7:00pm

Seeing a whole car get destroyed by a giant shredder is oddly enjoyable

I'm not sure what it is about seeing a giant piece of metal being swallowed by another giant piece of metal but it's almost therapeutic. It's like seeing insect fights on YouTube but on a more gargantuan, real life Transformers level. Whatever it is, I can't get enough. Here's the Hammel Red Giant Car Shredder having… » 1/31/14 12:14am 1/31/14 12:14am

Can You Tell These Ikea Products and Death Metal Bands Apart?

Ikea furniture names are often full of umlauts and improbable double consonants. I've been told that the names are Swedish—and I have no choice but to believe this, because I don't speak Swedish. Come to think of it, they sort of resemble the names of another fantastical Scandinavian export: Death Metal. » 10/10/13 2:00pm 10/10/13 2:00pm