Mechanics

Art

'Women and Wheels' Photos Capture Ladies Who Ride

See female motor vehicle enthusiasts portrayed by Milwaukee-based photographer and motorcyclist Sarah Vaun.
B. David Zarley
8.13.16
Why Is This Still a Thing?

Why Are Can Openers Still a Thing?

We have the technology to just peel cans open, so why don’t we use it?
Kaleigh Rogers
5.20.16
Music

A 2,000-Marble Instrument Sounds Like a Synth for the Apocalypse

With 3,000 moving parts, the Wintergatan Marble Machine is hand-cranked but has the complexity of a synth.
Beckett Mufson
3.2.16
earth

Physicists Are Turning to Pancake Batter To Combat Loss of Vision

Creating the perfect pancake batter offers new insights into glaucoma.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.6.16
Art

This 200-Year-Old Windup Gun Is Extravagant

Who needs TV when you have 19th century automatons?
Beckett Mufson
1.28.16
Read

A Little Window of Light: How Mechanics Make Meaning in ‘Prison Architect’

Attempting to understand what really matters to the virtual people inside these giant, horrific, interconnected machines.
Carolyn Petit
10.9.15
Surgery

Forget Dark Energy: MIT Physicists Have Finally Cracked Overhand Knots

Topology meets shoelaces.
Michael Byrne
9.10.15
oxford

Harnessing 'Spooky Action at a Distance' To Make a Better Battery

Quantum entanglement exploiting 'quantacells' are still a ways off, but here's proof that it works.
Michael Byrne
8.6.15
weird baseball

Carter Capps Might Be Too Weird For Major League Baseball

No one in baseball pitches the way Carter Capps does, and few relievers have pitched as well. But his bizarre leaping motion might be too weird to be legal.
Matthew Kory
7.15.15
Art

Choreographed Robots Are Tap Dancing Their Way Through London

We spoke to artist Peter William Holden about his kinetic machines that are dancing their CPUs out at London's Merge Festival.
Zach Sokol
9.19.14
Design

Watch A Drone Autonomously Land On A Moving Target

Unmanned aerial vehicles are one thing, but what about completely autonomous ones?
Ben Makuck at Motherboard
8.20.14
Motherboard Blog

How Quantum Physics Will Make Online Banking Safer

There’s a whole tier of hackers, serious thieves, who can not only find their way through a maze of code, but can actually tap into the very wires that carry that code from place to place.
Adam Clark Estes
11.20.12
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