Researchers in Germany recently discovered a way to manufacture rubber that can “heal” after being cut or pierced. In this incredible video, you can see the rubber growing back together.
Guayule is an little-known desert shrub, largely unremarkable except for one thing: It’s full of latex. That’s right, the stuff used to make rubber. Big tire manufacturers like Bridgestone are now betting on guayule as the next big thing.
Joerg puts his equipment through a lot of abuse to film videos for the slingshot channel. And the catchbox he shoots into has borne the brunt of all that mayhem for three years. But it's probably been so gradual that no one really noticed. And then in a moment of clarity Joerg clearly realized that his catch box had…
Yes, 2013 has only just started — but we feel pretty confident that no other poster this year is going to be as weird and alarming as this poster for Quentin Dupieux's Wrong, which io9 is bringing to you exclusively. Dupieux, of course, is the guy who brought us the "killer psychic tire" movie Rubber, which people…
A Japanese company called Tokai Rubber Industries has created what it's claiming to be the world's first all rubber speaker. But it's not made from the exact same material as the tires on your car. This is a smart rubber that could one day lead to artificial muscle technology.
When Charles Goodyear figured out how to take the smelly sap from some trees and turn it into the rubber of industry, the finished, stretchy product bounced a crazy diverse number of materials out of their soon-to-be former jobs. Like sheep intestines. Ick.
Welcome to Shijiao. It's a bustling town in China that just so happens to be the unofficial capital of dead and unwanted Christmas lights. According to The Atlantic, 20 million pounds of old Christmas lights make it through Shijao every year. What the heck for?
The rubber, the cock sock, the goalie, the love glove, the salami sling. No matter how many adorable monikers it gets, no one really likes a condom very much.
Quentin Dupieux's latest film Rubber, (about murderous car tire that kills people with mental powers) looks like Marmaduke after watching the trailer for his next feature Wrong. Clearly Dupieux's only motive is to just mind-fuck the audience into oblivion. Watch the trailer now.
It's an ordinary camera lined with Sugru silicone rubber, which is kind of like clay but also sorta like duct tape. Once attached to something, Sugru sets itself permanently. Like this camera. Watch it roll around on the street.
Tiny tablets' major advantage over the 10-inch crowd: They'll fit in your pocket (especially if you're the type of person who wears cargo pants). Samsung's latest foldable, creaseless AMOLED display will let you fold a tablet in half—effectively making bigger tablets pocketable.
Scientists have discovered a new polymer that could be repaired with nothing more than UV light. The material is a metallosupramolecular polymer, a rubbery substance with bits of metal throughout. It's made of molecular chains which naturally latch together to form bigger ones, in a stable lattice. When damaged, this…
What is a notebook without notes? A pretty nifty zen koan, I guess. But also: essentially useless! So instead of scrounging constantly for a stray pen or pencil to fill your pad to its potential, strap on the Journal Bandolier: a hand-made, two-inch wide strap equipped with seven holes for pens, erasers, a stray…
There are plenty of situations which warrant music but aren't exactly conducive to real speakers, vacations and day trips foremost among them. Tembo Trunks, a Kickstarter project conceived by two Australian brothers on holiday in Africa, looks to be the perfect acoustic compromise.
What happens when an ordinary tire is given the ability to make someone's head explode? Murder spree! Watch the entire trailer for the incredibly messed up film Rubber.
Landing a well-aimed rubber band—in the coffee, in the hair bun, in the ear—is one of the great pleasures of working in an office. So, how about about 100 of them?
You're still flicking rubber bands with your fingers? My friend, please. Please take a look at this 20-pound, eight-barreled Gatling rubber band gun. Before you say no to the $500 price tag, watch it work in this terrifyingly soundtracked video.
Rubber, a story about a tire who's looking for revenge after rolling by a pile of burning tires finally has a clip. Plus the entire King Crab short has been released, run for your life!