One reason metals are so wonderful is because they can be melted down over and over again to form new objects. In this video from Rob Bonifacio, he shows us how he took some Canadian copper pennies and dimes, layered them with high-carbon steel and forged them into a Damascus blade for a knife. Part two here.
When you look back at old photos, it often seems like people looked older than they were at the time. Vsauce digs into this phenomenon to explore whether there are biological and medical reasons for this or if it’s strictly a matter of our perceptions and changing styles.
“Girls with blue whiskers tied up with noodles… These are a few of my favorite things.” Sound collage artists Negativland’s deranged edit of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music dates back a decade but was too hilarious to pass up. Their take on There’s No Business Like Show Business is similarly bonkers.
No, that’s not a typo. Pastry artist Amaury Guichon created these realistic-looking headphones using a beet sponge cake layered with fresh raspberry mousse, a raspberry and yuzu compote, a red sable, and a raspberry cremeux. They don’t sound as good as Beats headphones, but these taste much better.
Osman from Os Bushcraft and Survival recently showed us how to build a shelter using rolls of plastic wrap. Now she’s back with another tree tent made from an unusual material – aluminum foil. To give the shelter strength, she rolled the foil into thick ropes, which she wove into netting and a structure for its spherical shell.
With Anakin’s battle-scarred face peering through his cracked helmet, Darth Vader looked pretty damned terrifying in Star Wars: Rebels. Artist Steven Richter reworked one of his previous clay sculpts into Anakin’s head, then created a mold for a resin bust which he covered with a helmet he cast from a 3D-printed form.
Ilya from That Works has made some impressive historical weapons, but this is the first time he’s built a samurai helmet. He created the headgear with inspiration from the character Takeda in the game Naraka Bladepoint. The steel helmet is made from five pieces, with a two-piece Mempo mask and layered neck armor.
Domino queen Lily Hevesh spent the better part of a week setting up this enormous multi-tier bridge using 8,000 individual wood planks. She started with a small prototype of construction techniques, then carefully assembled the 8-foot-tall version. When it was all done, she knocked it all down for our enjoyment.
We recently saw some unusual axes, but they didn’t include one made by inflating metal. Maker Connor Holland is back with another very cool project – a lightweight axe he created by welding pieces of sheet metal, then expanding them with air into a pillow-like axe and handle. He attached bent steel blades to give it a sharp edge.
Most times, hiking involves walking on some kind of solid ground. But this awe-inspiring via ferrata path in Interlaken, Switzerland has adventurers walking along skinny metal rails hammered into the side of a cliff. There’s a cable system you tie into for safety, but it still looks like a walk for daredevils only. Video by enjoytavie.
Back in the day, some cars had a vent placed under the dashboard to blow cool air towards your crotch. For some reason, modern cars don’t offer this feature, so Unnecessary Inventions got to work building an add-on designed specifically for cooling your privates while driving. We’re also jealous that he has a Bronco.
After being annoyed at his friends for riding on scooters, a guy smashes a bunch of the two-wheelers in a back alley. But instead of destroying them, they come to life as a robot. Peter France’s sci-fi comedy is one of the most endearing short films we’ve seen in a while. It’s like Short Circuit meets CHAPPiE but with scooters.
You have 20 seconds to comply and hit play on this gameplay trailer. Teyon’s bloody FPS is inspired by the original Robocop and puts you in the shoes of Alex Murphy on the streets of Detroit as he battles baddies and takes on the evil Omni Consumer Products. Peter Weller is back to provide the voice and face of RoboCop. Drops 6.2023.
If you want a loud noisemaker, you could always buy one of those compressed air horns, but if you prefer something that you can reuse over and over, check out HABU’s build – which uses a modded cordless power drill and a small compressor pump to blow air through a pair of horns.
Maker NightHawkInLight wanted a lightweight camp stove that he could use to heat up a shelter without adding weight or bulk to his pack. What he came up with was a couple of stoves made from coffee cans, including one with a chimney that doubles as a walking stick. It weighs under 3 lb. and costs less than $20 to build.
Skateboarders Thaynan Costa, Josef Skott, Adilson Pedro, and Madars Apse head to the aisles of a grocery store for a wild ride between the well-stocked shelves. Filmed by Dani Galli, Chris Ray, and Will Hodgett using GoPro cameras. We can’t help but think of the music video for Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees.
Despite having come out more than 20 years ago, we still get chills every time the theme music from Halo starts playing on our Xbox Series X. But does it sound as good without the violins and choir? Beyond The Guitar proves that the track is still spectacular even stripped down on solo acoustic guitar.
There’s already a Mjolnir toolbox but it’s made from plastic and filled with junky tools. To celebrate the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, Jonathan at ShadowFoam built a much better version. He made the toolbox from a pair of metal cases, filled it with foam liners and quality tools and a sawed-off sledgehammer for its handle.
Paul Blair is an expert at precision driving. In this video from a few years back, he showed off his skills behind the wheel of a 1600cc Vauxhall-powered MK Striker kit car. This particular event is known as “Autotest,” which combines elements of autocross and gymkhana, along with drifting around obstacles in reverse.
If you’ve ever received a giant box from Amazon only to find a tiny item rattling around inside, you’ll appreciate this video. What you’re about to see is a Sparck Technologies automated packaging machine that first takes a precision scan of an object, then cuts and folds a custom box that fits perfectly, reducing waste.
The Slow-Mo Guys captured some of their most amazing explosion footage with the help of the Colorado School of Mines and a special high-speed camera from Shimadzu that can shoot up to 5 million frames per second – though only in a 256 frame burst. It’s not as colorful as the faster footage but it reveals never-before-seen details.
If you’ve ever been sent on a wild goose chase, had too much of a good thing, or told a “knock-knock” joke, you can thank William Shakespeare for it. Digg Video digs into some of the many commonly-used phrases what were first uttered in Shakespeare’s writing, along with their original context.
NASA and the University of Arizona’s HiRISE camera system aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been capturing some extraordinary images. Seán Doran combined and enhanced a series of these images into a spectacular fly-over that showcases the textures of the dunes on the planet’s surface.
This unique indie game from Extra Nice challenges players to move through an isometric 3D environment by moving and jumping only in the shadows. It combines elements of platformers and puzzle games with a unique line-art aesthetic. Coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox.
If you’re stuck out in the woods and need shelter, you can always try to fabricate one from found objects. But if you have a few rolls of plastic wrap, you could make one like Osman Delibash did. By wrapping and layering the plastic around trees, she created a sturdy elevated bed with a roof and sides that keep the rain out.