How SpaceX Became a Major Player in the U.S. Space Industry

Hello, and welcome to another weekend installment of Reading List where we show off some of the great science and tech reads you might have missed (while continually reading gizmodo dot com, of course). This week's narrative big hitters comes from Motherboard, Wired, Quartz, and The New York Times. Take a break from… » 10/26/14 4:00pm 10/26/14 4:00pm

The Beautiful Process of Turning Quartz Into Lab Glass at 3,000 Degrees

If you work in a lab, you've probably used lab glass made from quartz. But you probably haven't realized that the reason those test tubes are so durable is exactly what makes them so hard to mold. These beautiful GIFs, shot at GE's Global Research in upstate New York, shows exactly what it takes to make those beakers. » 6/30/14 1:24pm 6/30/14 1:24pm