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How Scotch Tape Was Invented

Despite the name, Scotch tape wasn’t invented by the Scottish. It was invented by a college dropout named Richard Drew from Minnesota who worked for a small sandpaper company founded in 1902 called Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, later known as 3M. The name “Scotch” itself has an origin story almost as interesting as the invention of Scotch tape.


You Can Climb Through This Web Made From 44km Of Tape

Twelve people and 10 days: That’s how long the artist collective Numen / For Use says it took to create a cellophane jungle gym inside this gallery in Paris, where visitors can crawl inside their milky, transparent network like spiders on a web. How much tape did they use? About 44km.


Striped Electrical Tape Makes It Easy To Find The Starting Edge

How many laps of a roll of tape do you usually need to find the starting edge with your fingernail? Three? Four? You won’t even need fingernails with with this clever roll of electrical tape that features a wavy double-stripe pattern making the starting edge impossible to miss — all you need to do is spot the break in the stripes.


Video: Watch Magnetic Tape Fall Like Water

Japanese artist Ei Wada, who was born in 1987, belongs to a generation that spent middle school feverishly poring over cassettes to make mix tapes — until, of course, they were quickly outmoded by CDs, and then MP3s. Now, Ei makes art using the outmoded technologies he grew up with.


Researchers Create Reusable Tape Inspired By Geckos

If there’s one animal that’s inspired endless scientific research — it’s the gecko. The lizard’s ability to seemingly defy gravity and walk on walls has resulted in robots that can repair spaceships in flight, and now maybe even self-cleaning reusable sticky tape.


A Notchless Dispenser That Cuts Tape With A Perfectly Straight Edge

There’s prbably very few of us who’ve put much thought into what kind of tape we use to wrap a gift — after all, choosing the paper is hard enough. But there’s a small subset of the population who couldn’t possibly consider giving a gift that wasn’t flawlessly wrapped. And it’s those folks who will be ecstatic to discover this Notchless dispenser that cuts clear adhesive tape without leaving that telltale zig-zag pattern on the edges.


New Instant-Fix Fabric Is 100x Stronger Than Duct Tape

It’s joked that duct tape can be used to fix almost anything. But a new product called FiberFix might very well be the only tool you’ll ever need for emergency repairs. And the secret is its special resin adhesive that hardens stronger than steel as it cures.


Iran's Suicide Combat Drone Is Held Together With Packing Tape

While Iran’s been busy bragging about mass producing the American ScanEagle drone that crash landed there last year — and giving the Russians a copy — some less than intimidating footage is trickling out of Tehran. It looks like Iran’s newest drones are pretty rickety.


Cast Iron Tape Dispenser Guarantees One-Handed Operation

Any task requiring the use of clear tape would be a lot easier if you could snatch a strip of the sticky stuff with just one hand. And while there have been many complicated contraptions that promise exactly that functionality, Black+Blum have found a simpler approach that takes advantage of that perpetual force known as gravity.


How Many Strips Of Packing Tape Do You Need To Lift A Car?

So you’ve got yourself a car that needs lifting, and you’ve secured an industrial crane for the job. But did you also remember to get a giant harness for the lift? Probably not. Don’t worry though, as long as you can scrounge a few rolls of cellophane packing tape, you’re good to go.