Cool video: Ceramic head cuts one of the toughest metals in the world

That big block of metal is inconel, an extremely tough "austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloy," one of the strongest metals known to humans, used in "in extreme environments subjected to pressure and heat" like nuclear plants. How do you cut such a hard thing? Let's watch a video. » 9/15/14 8:30pm Monday 8:30pm

A lightsaber katana is the closest we'll get to Star Wars in real life

I'm still holding out hope for light sabers in the future but with our world's technological limitations and silly allocation of resources, the most beautiful deadly sword-type weapon we can create without lasers might be this mashup of a lightsaber and katana made by Man At Arms: Reforged. » 8/11/14 9:28pm 8/11/14 9:28pm

Venezuela Is Turning Thousands of Abandoned Cars into Houses

While many people think countries like Norway are leading the way with recycling programs, an ambitious new idea in Venezuela takes things to a whole new level. The country just announced that it will start recycling abandoned cars, motorcycles, and bikes in order to build houses from their raw materials. » 4/30/14 11:00am 4/30/14 11:00am

Here's how much stronger carbon fiber is compared to steel in one GIF

What you're looking at is a carbon fiber drive shaft and a steel drive shaft being twisted with force until they break. As you can see in this torque test between the two, the carbon fiber shaft doesn't budge (that's not a still image, folks) while the steel shaft cork screws itself and becomes deformed under the same… » 2/12/14 7:16pm 2/12/14 7:16pm

Reduce A Steel Box To A Pathetic Lump With Slingshot Bullets

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… » 8/11/13 12:03pm 8/11/13 12:03pm

Scientists Replicate a San Andreas Fault Quake in Upstate New York

You’d think that in this day in age of digital software, scientists wouldn’t need to destroy a real building to test the strength of its materials. But that’s exactly what’s happening this summer in Buffalo, where a team of Johns Hopkins engineers are using a hydraulic “shake table” to recreate the 1994 Northridge… » 8/01/13 3:48pm 8/01/13 3:48pm

Holy Wow This Guy Made Insane Wolverine Claws That Destroy Everything

On the list of comic book hero abilities I dream about magically waking up with one day, Wolverine's claws were probably squeezed right between Superman's flying and Bruce Wayne's women. One of those have practically become reality. These steel Wolverine claws are so fantastically perfect that you could fight… » 7/15/13 9:00pm 7/15/13 9:00pm

An Iron and Steel Mill Company Decided to Make a Calendar Filled with…

For some reason, a Belarusian iron and steel mill made a calendar using its naked women workers. That's sort of normal, I guess. But the iron and steel mill wanted to make sure anyone who saw this calendar knew it was theirs by superimposing images of melting metal, wire looms, burning steel, cables, fences and… » 12/03/12 10:20pm 12/03/12 10:20pm

This Stainless Steel Alarm Clock Can Survive A Morning Mauling

Smack it, knock it off the nightstand, throw it across the bedroom—designer Erwin Termaat's Brick Flip Steel&White clock is packed inside a hefty stainless steel housing. So not only does it have a lovely industrial finish, but it proves that something doesn't have to be petite and elegant to be beautiful. the extra… » 7/16/12 9:20am 7/16/12 9:20am

How An Auto Body Innovation Revolutionized the Way We Build Skyscrapers

Certainly you've assembled a piece of Ikea furniture and experienced that special kind of frustration that comes with realizing the screw holes don't line up and you have to take everything apart and put it together it again. Now imagine this problem at 750 feet in the air with massive steel girders instead of… » 2/09/12 12:00pm 2/09/12 12:00pm