Mushrooms Can Mine the Gold From Your Old Mobile Phones

Crack open your old phone, and you'll find lots of circuits and no lack of precious metals. "In 100,000 phones, it's estimated that there is 2.4 kilograms of gold, more than 900 kilograms of copper, 25 kilograms of silver, and more," according to Motherboard. Could a safer and and cheaper method of recovering that metal come by way of fungi? Read More >>

The Incredible, Fiery Process of Making Copper Wire

Wires are some of the most basic components of the modern world, which practically guarantees that most of us take them for granted. But as English Russia so kindly shows us, the process behind our messy heaps of wiring is anything but ordinary. Read More >>

This Robot Arm Can 3D-Print Molten Metal in Midair

Joris Laarman Studio's prototype software instructs a robotic arm, which debuted at Fabricate2014 in Zurich earlier this month, to recreate 3D models in midair, using molten metals of all kinds. It looks as cool as it sounds. Read More >>

Metals From Smartphones May be Damaging Our Health

A 12-year survey of 8,614 people found that high levels of tungsten in the body doubled their risk of having a stroke, with the metal found in significantly higher concentrations in the wee of people who suffered strokes. Read More >>

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Embracing the Metal Scene?

Rumours from the supply chain world suggest Samsung's ready to place orders for the casing of next year's Galaxy S5 flagship model, with sources suggesting it's requesting up to 30 million metal casings for 2014's launch. Read More >>

Whoa, Graphene Can Make Other Metals 500 Times Stronger

We've heard about plenty of promising electronic applications for miracle material graphene from headphones, to super-fast transistors, to crazy camera sensors, and even solar-powered paint. But now scientists have found a way to leverage its raw strength, by using it to make metal up to 500 times stronger. Read More >>

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3D-Printing Liquid Metal Could Make the T-1000 Terminator a Reality

If 3D printing is truly going to revolutionise how we produce everything from cars, to computers, to weapons, it's going to have to move past the current limitations of plastic as a printing material. And what better place to start than a next-generation 3D printer that extrudes liquid metal? Read More >>

We Could Use Cement Circuits in Gadgets Someday

Alchemy, at 2,000 degrees Celsius. A new study from the Argonne National Laboratory reports that a group of scientists from Japan, Finland, America, and Germany have used lasers to turn liquid cement into a glassy, liquid metal. 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 >>

Rumour: Lighter Aluminium Nokia Lumia 920 Update Pictured

Leaked photos of a polished Nokia smartphone have appeared online, showing what may well be a lighter high-spec Lumia model that's dropped some of the weight of the extremely hefty Lumia 920. Read More >>

Crazy Nanotech Skin Can Make Bouncing Balloons of Liquid Metal

Liquid metal technology. That's Terminator 2 stuff, right? Well you better start running now, John Connor, because it's here. A new, flexible, conductive nano-coating lets liquid metal keep its form by transforming under high pressure, and then springing right back. Read More >>

An Iron and Steel Mill Company Decided to Make a Calendar Filled with Naked Girls and Melted Metal

For some reason, a Belarusian iron and steel mill made a calendar using its naked women workers. That's sort of normal, I guess. But the iron and steel mill wanted to make sure anyone who saw this calendar knew it was theirs by superimposing images of melting metal, wire looms, burning steel, cables, fences and anything else you would never associate with a beautiful woman on their naked skin. It's hilariously weird. Read More >>

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Why Are Things In Science Always Minimalist, White and Shiny?

Design permeates all aspects of our daily lives, and while most concentrate on high design -- that which makes things pretty, work well, and look awesome -- some design is purely functional, even if it looks sleek and sexy on the surface. Design in science is just like that. Read More >>

30-Year Quest Ends In £10 Million Gold and Silver Coin Treasure

Thirty years ago, a farmer found a few Iron Age silver coins while working on his land in Jersey. Now, after combing the soil with metal detectors for three decades, two treasure hunters have found a hoard of silver and gold coins, the biggest of its kind, valued at £10 million. Read More >>

Scientists Say They Changed Hydrogen Into a Metal; Superconducting Might Get Way Easier

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, but it's not all that useful as a gas. Two scientists say they've coaxed it to become a metal, which could be used in ways that would radically change our lives. Read More >>


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