Where the Most Important Part of Your Battery Comes From

Lithium's kind of a big deal. It powers everything from our gadgets to our cars—really our entire modern world. And that's not changing any time soon; some analysts estimate that demand could grow up to 25% over the next several years. But how does one harness the power of a metal that bursts into flame every time it… » 7/02/13 3:13pm 7/02/13 3:13pm

This Ramen-Making Machine Can Feed an Entire City

Manna may have come from heaven, but ramen comes from machines. In eight hours, Bullex's Bigger Automatic Instant Noodle Production Line produces nearly a quarter million bags of noodles. Enough to feed the citizens of Springfield, Illinois two (literal) squares a day—just like instant ramen's creator intended. » 6/22/11 12:30pm 6/22/11 12:30pm

This Man Is Now a Drum Machine, Whether He Likes It or Not

Fantastically weird artist/DJ/programmer Daito Manabe is at it again, this time outfitting a friend with his infamous electroshock visualizer and rigging it up to respond to music generated by playing that same friend. Like a big twitchy, fleshy drum machine. » 12/20/10 7:20pm 12/20/10 7:20pm

First Run of iPads Sold Out, Ship Date For New Orders Pushed To April…

Ooh, looks like somebody's popular. If you tried to order a Wi-Fi iPad this morning, you might have noticed that the expected ship date has been bumped a week to April 12 and in-store pick-up has been nixed as an option. Seems like the first pack o' Pads have all been spoken for. Just how many is that? There's no way… » 3/27/10 1:23pm 3/27/10 1:23pm

Foxconn Employee Describes His Oppressed Life from Inside the Factories

Even if you don't know Foxconn's name, you know the products they produce. Major, beloved hardware brands like Apple and Nintendo rely on their assembly lines to make some of the most coveted gadgets in the world. » 7/27/09 11:40am 7/27/09 11:40am

Death Race: Filmed by Running Cameras Over

In an era when most stunt-driven blockbusters are really half cartoon, Death Race's director Paul W.S. Anderson insisted on keeping the action real. The shooting philosophy was something along the lines of, "why blow up a fake car when you can blow up a real one?" So the movie features of ton of real cars packed with… » 8/21/08 5:40pm 8/21/08 5:40pm

Fisker Karma Hybrid Sports Car Gets Production Plans

Once we learned that the Fisker Karma hybrid sports car would produce fake engine sounds we knew plans to produce the beast had to be underway. And Fisker today has announced a letter of intent with producer Valmet Automotive to actually build the luxury hybrid sports car. First vehicle roll-off the production line… » 7/17/08 4:16am 7/17/08 4:16am