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

First Run of iPads Sold Out, Ship Date For New Orders Pushed To April 12

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

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

First Entirely Green Screen Show Coming to TV

Sci Fi has announced that they'll be producing Sanctuary, television's first entirely green screen show. Its plot explores the possible existence of shadow-hidden mutants living among us (which doesn't sound like the worst fodder for CGI overload, though a weather drama might have required a lower budget). With the… » 4/03/08 10:27am 4/03/08 10:27am