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Watch GE Torture-Test Supermaterials In The Most Vicious Ways

The heat of an active volcano. A 2200kg weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines and more. And thanks to the company’s fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of the process. No safety goggles required.


Watch A Chunk Of Lava Stone Get Grafted Onto A Carbon Fibre Bench

The making-of video for Peugeot Design Lab’s latest project contains no words — it doesn’t need any, since it shows every step of the process: From blasting a huge chunk of volcanic stone from its resting place to crafting a piece of carbon fibre to perfectly fit the rock’s jagged profile.


If You Want To Be Immune To Tasers Just Wear Carbon Fibre Clothing

It’s no Iron Man suit, but if you’ve got a knack for civil disobedience and often find yourself on the business end of a Taser, the folks at Hackaday discovered that carbon fibre clothing can actually let you shrug off those electric shocks.


Here's How Much Stronger Carbon Fibre Is Compared To Steel In One GIF

What you’re looking at is a carbon fibre drive shaft and a steel drive shaft being twisted with force until they break. As you can see in this torque test between the two, the carbon fibre shaft doesn’t budge (that’s not a still image, folks) while the steel shaft corkscrews itself and becomes deformed under the same amount of twisting pressure. Gnarly.


A Gorgeous, Lightweight, Carbon Fibre Bike Designed Exclusively For Kids

Children are impossible to please, no matter now many Lunchables you ply them with. But even the most ungrateful tykes will appreciate getting one of Mores stunning Petitpierre kids bikes crafted from carbon fibre so they’re easier to ride and manoeuvre.


If Batman Played Golf, This Is Probably What He'd Drive

As badass as the various Batmobiles have been over the years, no self-respecting country club would ever let one of them onto their courses. So if the Dark Knight were to ever slip away in the middle of the night to relax with a round of golf, the Mansory Currus is definitely what he’d be driving.


Carbon Fibre Flask: At Least Your Booze Will Survive The Apocalypse

When World War III finally starts and the planet is decimated by nuclear bombs, facing a post-apocalyptic future will be a lot easier with a swig from this seemingly indestructible flask. Designed by Oakley working with The Macallan, The Flask — as it’s called — is made from such Tonka-tough materials as carbon fibre, food-grade steel and aerospace-grade aluminium.


It's Too Bad This Insanely Light Dining Table Is Also Insanely Expensive

One of the few non-kitchen related tasks at Christmas involves prepping the dining room table with inserts or expansions to accommodate extra guests. But why wrestle with heavy slabs of timber when this lightweight table made from carbon fibre, kevlar and titanium can be set up and lifted by a single person? Oh, that’s right, it costs $US68,000.


Only 50 Of These 'Supercars' Will Be Made, Goes 0-100 In 2.5 Seconds

Kepler Motors “MOTION” supercar was last heard of in 2009 at the Dubai International Motor Show, where it was presented as a mere concept. It’s since made its transition from drawing board to tarmac, as you can see in the clip above. Sporting a 3.5L V6, 550HP (410kW) Ford EcoBoost twin-turbo engine, the MOTION can reach 100km/h in 2.5 seconds and features a top speed of 320km/h. Oh and Kepler will only be building 50 of them.


This Gorgeous Carbon Fibre Sled Could Be Your Perfect Ride

The best way to get around the ski slopes next winter might be in the form of this Snolo carbon fibre alpine sled. It’s lightweight, it folds down for easy transport, and it looks like a Ferrari suited to six feet of snow.