Monster Machines: This Robotic Bridge Inspector Was Originally A Disney Camera-Bot

De-icing slippery winter roads is a vital public safety measures in cold-weather climates. However, the annual cycle of salting streets only to have the mineral seep into the blacktop and rot it from the inside wreaks havoc on transportation infrastructure throughout the U.S. and around the world. This little bot helps fix that.


A Bizarre 1937 Corporate Songbook Sings The Praises Of All-Glorious IBM

Gather round, loyal workers and company envoys! Doff your caps, freshen your snuff and pat down your side parts for a rousing singalong from Songs of the IBM, a 1937 book of songs that sing the praises of our illustrious employer: The EVER ONWARD I.B.M.


This Truck Shakes The Ground So Hard It Can Simulate Earthquakes

The shaking of minor earthquakes can feel like a garbage truck driving by. T-Rex is no plain old garbage truck though. The 29,029kg “mobile hydraulic shaker” is designed specifically to make the ground rattle and jolt — all so scientists can study how the ground reacts to earthquakes.


A Porn Sound Guy Shows Us The True Meaning Of Happiness

Meet Grant Meyers. A man passionate about sound, he can pull meaning from cacophony. He works as a foley artist (someone who recreates the ambient sounds in film) for porn movies. He LOVES it.


Ivy-Covered Extension Cables Disguise Your Unsightly Tangled Power Cords

We live and die by the cord; the energy tethers are everywhere — powering our portable gadgets and stay-at-home decor — and they’re pretty much always a tangled, unsightly mess. We need them, but they’re ugly‚Ķ Unless! Unless you could disguise the longuns in an artful sprawl of faux-ivy, like you lived in some kind of fantasy world where electricity came naturally from houseplants.


ISIS Militants Use The Same Drones As Ordinary Folks

What kind of drones do ISIS militants use? Nothing fancy actually: in fact, they use an off-the-shelf consumer drone like a DJI Phantom.


Why IKEA's Mostly Computer-Generated Catalogue Will Soon Be The Norm

The rooms in IKEA’s catalogues may look like wonderlands of inexpensive furniture, but they’re mostly computer generated. Like, 75 per cent computer generated. The Swedish juggernaut has experimented with CG product shots for almost a decade now, and it’s getting incredibly good at it. But it’s far from the only company doing it.


A Beautiful Nordic Coffee Machine That's Pre-Approved For Snobs

If you’re what many would consider a coffee “snob”, you might prefer to brew your elixir using the manual pour-over method for ultimate control. This Norwegian machine provides the convenience of automation with the quality of a pour-over in one pretty striking package.


Dice Furniture Changes Form And Function When You Roll It

You can actually change how any piece of furniture looks just by flipping it over or tossing it onto its side. But the Dice, created by the talented designers at Torafu Architects, also changes functionality depending on how you orient it.


Gawk At The Detail In This LEGO Fawlty Towers Hotel

Just… what? We’ve seen some mighty impressive LEGO creations over the years, but this diorama of the hotel set from the BBC’s Fawlty Towers is the first I’ve seen where if you squint enough, it almost looks real. Well, except for the potted plant on the couch.


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