Journalist Andrew Blum's deep spelunking tour through the geography of the internet—the crawlspaces and warehouses where the wires and cables really go, the actual, physical "tubes" of international data transfer—is on sale today at Amazon for only $1.99 (the Kindle edition). Consider whispersyncing a copy of your own…
You might think of pneumatic tubes as an arcane means of pushing letters around big buildings—but there's a quiet revolution in the pipeline which could see them challenging digital communication, at least some of the time.
On Monday, Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper will go on sale in Walmarts and Sam's Clubs across the Northeast United States. If it sells well, it'll expand nationally, and then globally. Personally, I just don't know what to think anymore.
In the 1950s folks didn't have snazzy LCD displays, but they did have cold cathode neon readout tubes. Let's take a look inside one of the more popular brands of these tubes—the NIXIE—and marvel over its clever design
France really does have the best thieves. This time, a group of bandits known as the "vacuum gang" has on a 15-store robbing spree using nothing but a drill and a powerful vacuum cleaner. It's Mission Impossible meets Martha Stewart.
On Roosevelt Island, a narrow strip of land in New York's East River, no one takes their trash to the curb. They just drop it down a chute, anywhere on the island, and pneumatic pipes take care of the rest.
In today's remainders, the big and the little. A big quantum computer simulates a little molecule. A big series of tubes make a big difference at Stanford hospital. And a Big Brother ad makes me a little worried.
Images have revealed a hole on the Moon's surface that is at least 260 feet deep and may lead to an underground tunnel more than 1,200 feet wide which is part of an entire network of such winding tubes.
We're getting bored with iPod docks, but not with this MC4 Music Cocoon from Roth Audio. Look at that blend of the old and new with real operating tubes along with a universal dock for your iPod.
Wish we could say this is the latest Swatch that's on sale now, but not yet. It's a concept by British designer Laurence Dawes based on a bicycle pump tube. Even though those floating numerals might be a bit difficult to manufacture, we think the concept is sufficiently eye-catching to warrant that coveted Swatch…
The Zvex Nano Head is the world's smallest tube guitar amplifier, bound to be a favorite of electric git-box pickers and grinners all over the guitarisphere because of its unique distortion characteristics.
We don't get much subway entertainment (aside from that homeless guy who always plays the accordion for us) so our curiosity was piqued when we came across Undersound. Though it's yet to be rolled out, Undersound is an interface you can access from your Bluetooth handheld while riding the subway. From it, you can…
Nixie tubes, otherwise known as numicators, were hawt stuff back in the pre-LED/LCD 60s if you wanted to display numerals in their digital form. Now do-it-yourselfers are creating retro clocks using the things. We've seen lots of nixie clocks before, but this one is the Mother of All Nixie Clocks, using 103 tubes and…