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 recovering… » 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

The Life of a Metal Worker Is Grinding Hard Work

This short profile of Philadelphia-based metal worker Nicholas DiChiara shows what life is like for someone who makes a living off of building things with his hands. Sparks fly, metal gets shaped, wood gets sanded and lovely industrial designs get created. It's nice to hear DiChiara's story but even better to see the… » 9/23/13 10:40pm 9/23/13 10:40pm

Whoa, Graphene Can Make Other Metals 500 Times Stronger

We've heard about plenty of promising electronic applications for miracle material graphene from headphones, to super-fast transistors, to crazy camera sensors, and even solar-powered paint. But now scientists have found a way to leverage its raw strength, by using it to make metal up to 500 times stronger. » 8/28/13 11:00am 8/28/13 11:00am

3D-Printing Liquid Metal Could Make the T-1000 Terminator a Reality

If 3D printing is truly going to revolutionize how we produce everything from cars, to computers, to weapons, it's going to have to move past the current limitations of plastic as a printing material. And what better place to start than a next-generation 3D printer that extrudes liquid metal? » 7/09/13 3:08pm 7/09/13 3:08pm

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