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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, you can use various high-tech methods to sneak into places where you don't belong, but the MacGyver approaches are so much more fun. Here's how someone can defeat a sliding chain lock with just a rubber band.
Leave it to a Japanese team—leaded by Hideki Koike at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo—to develop a touch display that uses rubber to allow you to actually touch real three-dimensional thingies. Hideki, you got me at rubber.
Just what the hell fool came up with this idea? Let me just put my T-focals on and read you what the blurb says. "A soft tub for the body. For children and adults. For play and healing. In the garden or the stylish bathroom." Healing? HEALING? What kinda fool tub gives you healing??? It gives you cleaning, that's what…
A new rubber compound that's made from fatty acids and a component of urine retains its shape to such a degree that it can be cut in half with a knife and then repair itself, retaining its original form. Imagine it: you break a plastic toy in half, only to have it seal itself back together, with the only downside…
Manly and rugged outdoorsmen with small rucksacks might find Minox's DC6033 WP so far up their mountain path it's parked in their crevasse. Encased in rubber armor, the six-megapixel point-and-shoot camera is dust, dirt, sand and salt-proof, and you can take it underwater to a depth of 33 feet.
Not only is this rubber duck pink—or "Paris", as they call it—it runs on only two AA batteries. You activate the duck by pressing his torso, which makes him bzzzz bzzzz bzzzz you into tranquility. If you happen to share a bathroom with roommates, or god forbid your parents, this is a good way to disguise your playtime…