You'll Want to Play Forever In This Swirling Sea of Packing Peanuts

You might think it a nuisance when a few packing peanuts spill from a box out onto your living room floor. But when an entire hallway is filled with millions of the white nuggets and blown around in a cyclone of styrofoam, you'll probably react a bit differently. » 4/23/14 6:20pm 4/23/14 6:20pm

All Along, That Wasn't Really Styrofoam

Dow Chemical Company would like to clear up a massive misunderstanding. STYROFOAM™, registered trademark, is not the foamy white stuff that makes up coffee cups or takeout trays or packing peanuts or egg cartons or even movie props. No, STYROFOAM™ usually comes in light blue sheets, and real STYROFOAM™ is used for… » 12/19/13 11:00am 12/19/13 11:00am

The One Styrofoam Object You Shoudn't Dispose Of

Styrofoam is widely used because cheap and disposable, if not entirely recyclable. But when you heat-shrink it and fashion it into a giant ball, its value skyrockets to $700. High concepts! » 5/04/12 1:40pm 5/04/12 1:40pm

Shining Styrofoam Sculptures

Jason Rogenes uses styrofoam and light to make these futuristic-looking art installations, proving that one person's trash might still be that person's trash, but can look cool with enough light inside it. » 12/17/10 6:00pm 12/17/10 6:00pm

Inside the Secret Science of Packing Material

We gadget freaks obsess over gear, big and small: cameras, phones, notebooks, desktops, home theater speakers, HDTVs, and much more. But how often do we pay attention to the technology surrounding our gear, the packing material that keeps it safe? » 9/17/10 9:20am 9/17/10 9:20am

The Styrobot Wants to Rule Your Cups and Packaging

There's really nothing great that can be done with Styrofoam other than not produce it in the first place, but in lieu of recycling it or throwing it away, one man and his son, inspired by this artwork » 9/03/08 8:45am 9/03/08 8:45am, took 5 years worth of Styrofoam packaging and did the next most logical thing—built a giant robot.Assembled from 5…

Styrofoam Homes Are Typhoon-Resistant, Refillable with People or Coffee

Styrofoam homes may sound like a recipient for disaster, but Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. thinks they're the future. A future in which all of us will be hobbits or smurfs. Made with 7-inch-thick 100% expanded polystyrene foam modules, the company says that they don't have the maintenance problems of wood or metal… » 8/08/08 7:04am 8/08/08 7:04am

Gigantic Million-Piece LEGO Boulder Actually Has Styrofoam Core

You know that gigantic LEGO Indiana Jones boulder? Turns out that only the outside is LEGO. The inside (based on this photo) is made of styrofoam. We suppose that it would be way too cost-prohibitive to build the entire boulder out of LEGO, but that doesn't make us any less disappointed. [Photo Credit - Thanks Mike!] » 5/19/08 5:40pm 5/19/08 5:40pm