A Rare Trip On The Floating Train Yard Of Hudson Harbor

The only two options that freight trains have for accessing the east side of the Hudson River are to cross a bridge in Albany—140 painstaking miles North of New York City—or to ride a rail barge across the Hudson through the highly efficient marine-rail operation run by NYNJ Rail in Jersey City. » 4/06/14 1:00pm 4/06/14 1:00pm

A Screw-On Cloud That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Watering Cans

When it comes to watering, there's nothing stopping you from simply dumping a bottle of H2O onto the plants on your balcony, as long as you're cool with possibly damaging them and splashing wet dirt all over the place. A gentler approach is a better idea, and Animi Causa's new Rainmaker—which emulates a gentle summer… » 1/29/14 6:40pm 1/29/14 6:40pm

A Tour of the Largest Commingled Recycling Plant in the U.S.

As of last month, New York City's Sunset Park waterfront is home to the largest commingle recycling facility in the nation. After its inaugural run on opening day, the facility shut down for some final tweaks and testing before it opens full time. During this period of maintenance, Gizmodo visited the new facility for… » 1/03/14 11:00am 1/03/14 11:00am

E-Hell on Earth: Where the West's Electronics Go to Die

While American consumers clamor for the latest and greatest in consumer electronics, our older digital devices are inundating and poisoning a generation of children in Ghana. Colorado Springs Gazette photographer Michael Ciaglo recently visited the largest e-waste processing site in the African nation and returned with … » 10/09/13 12:15pm 10/09/13 12:15pm

Scientists Found a New Way to Turn Plastic Bags into a Supermaterial

Have you ever had a roommate who saves plastic grocery bags just in case they ever have the need to reuse the dang things? Like, hundreds of plastic grocery bags? Well, thanks to some Australian engineers, those extra bags can not only have a purpose, they can become technology of the future. » 9/25/13 12:20pm 9/25/13 12:20pm

Turn a Milk Jug Into a Watering Can Without Hacking It To Bits

Shapeways seller OliveBird is slowly becoming the single best endorsement for 3D printers. First, they brilliantly upgraded the lowly button with an improved design that allows it to wrangle your headphone cords, and now they've created a similarly genius attachment that turns empty milk jugs into watering cans. » 6/24/13 1:50pm 6/24/13 1:50pm

This Trash-Sorting Robot Could Revolutionize Recycling

We’ve seen a lot of frivolous applications for robotic arms: Artisanal cocktail making. Slow pit stops. Whatever’s going on here. Meanwhile, in Finland, a precociously-named company called ZenRobotics has figured out how use them to solve one of the biggest problems with recycling: automatic sorting. » 6/07/13 5:11pm 6/07/13 5:11pm