where the magic happens

The Insane One-Man Computer Station Needed To Cover March Madness

March Madness, the US college basketball tournament, kicks off tomorrow. Thousands of American sports fans will be suddenly stricken with sore throats, coughs or other excuses to ditch work and find a place to watch one or more of the 16 college basketball games that will tip off.


The Underground Tunnel Where The Laws Of Physics Are Rewritten

Beneath the hills of Menlo Park, California, scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator have worked for the past half century to alter our understanding of the universe. The 3km long structure, where electrons fly at nearly the speed of light, is reputed to be the straightest object on earth. Here’s a peek inside.


Where The Magic Happens: The 15,000kg Pizzeria On A Truck

The humble food truck has evolved from a greasy spoon on wheels into a purveyor of sushi, dumplings and over-the-top desserts. The truck’s limits were pushed a step further by Jon Darsky — pro baseball scout turned pizza chef — with Del Popolo, a mobile, wood-burning brick pizza oven serving pies on the streets of San Francisco.


The Gadgets Of Reggie Watts

If you’ve never seen Reggie Watts perform, head to YouTube first, and then check his website to see where he’s playing next. His act is part comedy, part music, almost all of it is completely improvised, and it’s absolutely amazing — funny and beautiful all at once.


The Electronics Lab Hidden In A Kitchen Pantry

You might not have heard of Ken Murphy, but you are probably familiar with his work. It’s awesome. He hacks gadgets to create blinking bug sculptures and analogue synthesisers that sound like Atari video games.


The Cheap, Charming, Kinda Crazy Lab Of A Video Visionary

He once washed dishes full time in a trailer park. Now he uploads videos that break five million views in under three weeks. But when Casey Neistat isn’t leaping into a sinkhole in Oman or stealing his own bike on the streets of NYC, he’s busy working in this obsessively organised, fully functional, bare-bones 80sqm studio.


You'd Never Want To Graduate From This Automated Dorm Room

Like any first-year university student, Derek Low wanted to make a name for himself at UC Berkeley. But instead of streaking across the quad, he converted his boring dorm room into what he dubbed B.R.A.D. — or the Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm.


A Professional Recording Studio In An Unbelievably Tiny Room

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and The Foo Fighters have something in common with Brooklyn-based musician Neil Shah — they all made great music in a basic home studio. McCartney and Springsteen had a four-track cassette deck, and Dave Grohl used a garage. But Shah’s setup is even more limited — his whole studio measures all of 66 square feet. Here’s how he made it work.


The Home Brewing Laboratory Of Every Beer Drinker's Dreams

There’s a beer nirvana in Pennsylvania, and it’s in a shed. The HammerSmith Ale House and Brewery, a slice of heaven near the Delaware River, was designed by Chris Bowen — a beer enthusiast, beer historian and certified beer judge. Bowen always loved cooking for friends. Eight years ago, he tried his hand at making beer and soon got hooked. “Brewing is an addictive hobby,” he said.