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Watch Five Cat Excavators Play the World's Biggest Game of Jenga

Twenty-seven wooden blocks weighing 272 kilos each? That's no regular game of Jenga—that's a job for a team of five giant, yet agile, Cat excavators and telehandlers to take on. Just some machines having fun. Read More >>

"Orgasm Button" Inventor Fails to Achieve Investment

A man who claims that an experiment in 2001 led to the discovery of a "orgasm button" that could trigger sex-like levels of joy in women is still looking for investment, with the £3.5m or so needed to run a full clinical trial proving appropriately difficult to obtain. Read More >>

An Ingenious Portable Sawmill Lets One Person Turn Trees Into Lumber

Not knowing how to turn a tree into shelter is one of those life skills that I'm ashamed not to have—despite the fact that I'll probably never need to know. To my delight, a Swedish company has invented a sawmill that makes the process almost foolproof. Read More >>

12 Industrious GIFs of Machines Making, Breaking, and Moving Stuff

Machines: They make stuff. Lots of it. Watching them work is positively hypnotic. And we've got the GIFs to prove it. Read More >>

Teen Girl Claims to Share Synaesthesia Feelings With Machinery

A 15-year-old US girl claims she has some sort of affinity with modern machinery, with a form of synaesthesia letting her feel technology in various ways as it operates around her. She might be a good one to ask if your broadband's going slowly for no apparent reason. Read More >>

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Watch Dyson's Fan-tastic In-House Flying Machine Challenge

Dyson staff in important enough positions to be allowed to lark about on work time have been building flying machines, with 100 engineers from around the world creating an array of bizarre remote controlled hover-things. See them all try and mostly fail to negotiate obstacle courses in Dyson's nice little edited highlights reel here. [YouTube] Read More >>

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How Machines Think

When people talk about artificial intelligence, it's tempting to think that it means computers can think (a little) like humans. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it turns out that's not quite the case. Read More >>

Ford's New Prototyping Machine Turns Sheet Metal Into Custom Parts

A modern assembly line can churn out a new vehicle every few minutes, but when carmakers want to build and test a prototype, it takes weeks to produce the dies and moulds needed to stamp out a custom one-off part. So Ford has developed a fantastic new prototyping machine that functions kind of like a 3D printer in that it can produce a custom part in mere hours. Except that instead of plastic, it works its magic on sheet metal. Read More >>

The Apple Store's New Mystery Machine Helps Unbreak Your iPhone Screen

Just the other day, Apple announced that you can now get your smashed iPhone screen fixed in-store for the low (?) cost of around £100, with or without AppleCare in select stores. This is the machine that lets them do it. Read More >>

Making Your Own Pen Is So Beautiful It Might Be Worth It

It's just a ball point pen and there are many like it but it would be your ball point pen. Alexandre Chappel recorded a short on what it's like to make your pen and annotated it perfectly. If you're a fan of spinning metals together, you'll love it. [Alexandre Chappel via MAKE] Read More >>

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This Is Where Dysons Are Born

Dyson makes some of the prettiest vacuums, hand-driers, and air blower/suckers out there, so it should come as no surprise that the factory where they are born is as mesmerising as its products. Read More >>

Meet the World's Oldest Kindle: A Ferris Wheel for Books

It might be hard to imagine, but there was once a time where thousands upon thousands of books and arguably the sum totally of human knowledge was not readily available at your fingertips. And while it's no Kindle, Agostino Ramelli's 16th century bookwheel was a valiant attempt to make that happen. Read More >>

How a Robot Will Steal Your Job

On a visit to Standard Motor Products' fuel-injector assembly line in South Carolina, Atlantic writer Adam Davidson asked why a worker there, Maddie, was welding caps onto the injectors herself. Why not use a machine? That's how a lot of the factory's other tasks were performed. Maddie's supervisor, Tony, had a bracing, direct answer: "Maddie is cheaper than a machine." Read More >>

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Man Trapped in Mud Scooped Out By Caterpillar Machine

Ah, Russia, you never-ending source of amusement and absurdity you, please never change. Take this man, who somehow sunk himself into the mud up to his waist and then couldn't get out—until the man with the caterpillar decided to scoop him out, complete with all the mud around him. [Thanks Karl!] Read More >>

A Tape Dispenser You'll Wish Was Drivable

It would probably be really fun to drive a steamroller. But you have to have a special license for those vehicles, and this awesome tape dispenser looks just like one, so you know, next best thing. Read More >>


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