Any man worth his salt should know the difference between cement, concrete, and mortar. I am not that man. They’re all just gray sludge to me. But This Old House explains the difference between the three in a very easy to understand way.
Hydrophobic sand aka magic fairy dust isn’t something new. But seeing the effects of in action is always impressive. Just watch it go from sand into this metallic goo once it sinks into a cup of water. And even cooler, watch it transform back from goo into grains of sand once it exits the water.
There is peace when your feet sink into the sand and your ears hear the waves and your nose smells the salt. It’s a beautiful feeling, standing on a beach and looking out into the ocean and imagining the edge of the world. But it might be even more beautiful to see the water creeping onto the end of land from above.…
Bruce Shapiro’s Sisyphus is a magic machine that shows a steel ball rolling around in the sand to create wonderfully intricate sand drawings. The balls are all controlled with magnets but they seem to have a mind of their own. It’s like making a Zen Garden, only with the sorcery of magnets instead of old style rakes.
The new Mad Max movie is going to be filled with such crazy explosions and gnarly stunts that your eyes will pop but that’s just the beauty of being able to sprinkle movie effects onto a summer blockbuster. Not all of that badassery will be real. What is real is this awesome Mad Max Peacemaker car, this thing just…
It might not provide the same technical challenge as skiing or snowboarding, but it's hard to argue that sledding isn't one of the best ways to take advantage of the winter. But what about those other snow-free seasons? Wouldn't it be fun to sled all year round? Of course it would, so Germany's KHW has developed the…
Well, I know where my nightmare exists in real life: Cape Lookout National Seashore off the coast of North Carolina. Hundreds of sharks were seen right on the beach, swimming in and out of the waves and flapping and attacking around and hunting a school of blue fish. It's a terrifying sight to see.
Sand–humble, measly, regular old sand—is a hot commodity these days. As construction booms in Asia and the Middle East gulp up billions of tons of sand each year, beaches thousands of miles away are getting robbed and turned into rocky, pockmarked versions of their former selves.
We have an exclusive video interview of Hugh Howey (Wool) and his UK editor, Jack Fogg, discussing Howey's new novel Sand. It's a fascinating look at the creative process of one of the most popular science fiction authors today.
These stunning 3D sand designs from New Zealand are simple stunning. Scraping optical illusions into the lovely beaches of Mount Maunganui (and others), the creators from 3DSD certainly know how to trick the eyes.
Anyone can build a castle with sand, but can you build a castle on sand? Artist and photographer Vik Muniz collaborated with MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho to engrave a castle onto a single granule of sand.
Gijs van Bon's Skryf machine is far from the world's first automatic graffiti machine. But it could be the first that won't have law enforcement ready to throw the cuffs on him. That's because the self-propelled device uses a modified CNC milling machine to 'print' messages on the ground using nothing but harmless…
Six years ago, a patch of land in the Inner Mongolian desert became unnaturally flat. Researchers, for the sake of science, had razed 40 acres—or the equivalent of eight city blocks—of desert. Then, for three and half years, they set up cameras and watched as small piles of sand grew and grew into full-fledged sand…
Fables tell us that it's really stupid to build a house on sand. In reality, you can build your house on sand—as long as you live in a tectonically stable part of the world. If you don't, an earthquake will turn the sand into quicksand, and as a consequence, it will turn your house into history.
Corrie Francis Parks' short animation A Tangled Tale uses a combination of physical sand animation and digital animation to tell the tail of two fish who fall in love after being caught on fishing lines.
If you've ever struggled to keep your drinks in their receptacle at the beach, this concept will have your pretty excited: Screw Cup is a mug that can be driven into the ground to help it stay upright.