Watch the Surprisingly Creepy Process of Making Blood Red Paper

You've got your remote cabins in the woods; your freaky laboratories; your Saw-like cellars; but the best setting for a horror movie just might be a 130-year-old paper manufacturing plant in London. This short vid shows a shadowed, moody take on how G. F. Smith produces sheets in a single hue in its Colorplan line.… » 7/29/14 1:41pm 7/29/14 1:41pm

The Incredible, Fiery Process of Making Copper Wire

Wires are some of the most basic components of the modern world, which practically guarantees that most of us take them for granted. But as English Russia so kindly shows us, the process behind our messy heaps of wiring is anything but ordinary. » 4/06/14 9:00am 4/06/14 9:00am

NI's New Maschine Studio: A Big-Ass Controller for Your Beats

Native Instruments just released version 2.0 of its beat production software Maschine, and alongside it, Maschine Studio, a hot new hardware controller. As its name implies, this is some serious music machinery. » 10/01/13 2:34pm 10/01/13 2:34pm

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

Some New iMacs Are Assembled in the US

It seems not all of Apple's slinky new iMacs are made in China. Apple Insider is reporting that some of the new standard-spec iMacs are labelled as "Assembled in USA". » 12/03/12 3:41am 12/03/12 3:41am

Today's Greatest Rap Producer Uses a Compaq Laptop and a Magazine…

Above, if you can see through all the weed smoke, you get a scene that's something like the aftermath of a bad LAN party—clutter, shitty laptops, and monitors everywhere. But music's being made in this budget-tech dungeon. » 11/04/11 10:20pm 11/04/11 10:20pm

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

DSLRs Are In Short Supply Because of the Japan Quake

According to USA Today, many major US retailers from Best Buy and Target to B&H Photo and Adorama are out of stock of the most popular DSLRs. Furthermore, it doesn't look like they'll be getting a large supply anytime soon. » 4/27/11 12:25pm 4/27/11 12:25pm

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

A Brief 0.07-Second Power Outage at a Factory Can Cause a 20% Drop In…

A very, very brief power outage at a Toshiba factory forced the company to completely halt operations at the critical plant. This could mean as much as a 20% drop in chip shipments which could lead to product shortages everywhere. » 12/09/10 3:53pm 12/09/10 3:53pm

White iPhone 4: Delayed, Canceled, or Both

According to Reuters, the white iPhone 4 has been put off until next Spring. According to Boy Genius Report, it's been canned altogether. Who should we believe? Honestly, it doesn't really matter at this point. » 10/27/10 2:10pm 10/27/10 2:10pm

Yamaha's NS-10: The Most Important Speaker You've Never Heard Of

It's not often you can trace so much creative and artistic awesomeness back to a single piece of gear—particularly in the music industry. Meet the Yamaha NS-10: A speaker you've probably never heard of, but have definitely heard. » 9/15/10 11:00am 9/15/10 11:00am

An In-Depth Look at the Factory That Makes the iPhone Possible

Bloomberg Businessweek has just dropped an incredibly up-close look at controversial Chinese electronics supplier Foxconn and its founder, Terry Gou. It's the most thorough look to date at one of the most powerful—and intriguing—manufacturers in the world. » 9/09/10 5:52pm 9/09/10 5:52pm

How God Makes Cheetos

"Gobs of cornmeal are fed into an extruder , which rubs the meal between two metal plates. The friction melts the starch in the corn and causes the moisture to heat up... » 5/25/10 10:20am 5/25/10 10:20am

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

Gifts for Video Geeks Who Think They're The Next Scorsese

Maybe you know someone in film school, or just some guy who really likes going to movies and cutting YouTube mash-ups? Here's what you can buy them—and also what you shouldn't: » 11/18/09 10:00am 11/18/09 10:00am

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

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