Frozen Metal Slabs Changed The Way We Eat Forever

It's easy to forget that almost nothing you eat was grown remotely near you and plenty of it wasn't even grown recently. And for that miracle of modern day life, we have gigantic metal plates, frozen to subzero temperatures to thank. Or at least that's how it all started. » 4/27/13 6:30pm 4/27/13 6:30pm

What Would It Be Like if Book Stores Died Out Completely?

Most of us increasingly read digitally—and the book store industry is in decline as a result. But can you imagine a future where book stores had died out completely? » 4/19/13 4:37am 4/19/13 4:37am

Here's a Drone Flying Between Two Tesla Coils

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you sent a metal-cage-enclosed quadrotor soaring between two Tesla coils? Of course you have. And here lies your answer in all its highly dangerous, lightning-spewing, nightmare-inducing glory. » 3/20/13 10:20am 3/20/13 10:20am

Watching This Guy Make Cotton Candy Art Is Incredibly Tasty

Have you ever tried to make cotton candy? Whenever I start twirling that stick in that intimidating centrifugal force of a cotton candy machine, my cotton candy turns out lumpy, tumorous and never looks appetizing. I mean it's still delicious—like any sugary cloud would be—but it looks disgusting. This guy though,… » 12/11/12 10:00pm 12/11/12 10:00pm

How Slingshots Worked Before Rubber

The slingshot seems like one of the most basic weapons designs ever, so it must have been around for ages, right? Yes and no. Vulcanized rubber wasn't invented until the late 1830s but the slingshot concept was around long before that. The key is rope, but I'll let slingshot man Joerg Sprave explain. [YouTube] » 9/09/12 5:00pm 9/09/12 5:00pm

The Top Tech Quotes from 2011 Are Actually Entertaining

The New Yorker has a list of the top ten tech quotes of 2011. Instead of the usual boring quotes about how awesome a product is, they're insights into the dirty underbelly of the world of technology. » 12/15/11 5:00pm 12/15/11 5:00pm

What Is This?

Is this an image of some horrible irradiated wasteland? Maybe this is what happens when Lindsay Lohan wades into the ocean at night? No, it's actually a celebration, not cause for a full-body acid wash. » 6/24/11 5:40pm 6/24/11 5:40pm

Get Blown Away By This Architectural Music Light Show

I love what happens when you put technology in the hands of very creative people like André Chocron. Using only time-lapse photography, the Norwegian director created one of the best music light shows I've seen. » 6/10/11 1:41am 6/10/11 1:41am

The Human-Powered Helicopter That Hopes to Take Flight

A team from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is hoping to take to the skies in their human-powered helicopter tomorrow. » 5/11/11 11:27pm 5/11/11 11:27pm

Would You Brush Your Teeth with a Twig?

Leen Sadder, a design student, had to redesign the first thing she threw away after class. She ended up throwing away a toothbrush. She redesigned, hell, re-imagined the toothbrush as a twig. Apparently, it works well. » 1/29/11 7:00pm 1/29/11 7:00pm