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Watch Magnetic Tape Fall Like Water in This Hypnotic Video

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. Read More >>

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Researchers Create Re-Usable 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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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A One Kilo 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. Read More >>

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How Many Strips of Sellotape Do You Need To Lift a Car?

So you've got yourself a car that needs lifting, and have 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 sellotape, you're good to go. Read More >>

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Who'd Have Thought You'd Ever Lust After a Tape Dispenser?

It's not often something as mundane as a tape dispenser is worth a second glance. But then again, most of the office supplies on your desk weren't created by one of Alessi's talented designers. The Filo is as minimal as tape dispensers can get, and that's what makes it beautiful. Read More >>

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The Future of Data Storage Is... Cassette Tape?

While the future of storage on your laptop is undoubtedly solid state, it's more difficult to predict how the huge tranches of data in server farms will be housed in the future. Recent suggestions, though, predict the rebirth of an old technology: the humble cassette tape. Read More >>

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Putting Duct Tape Over a Person's Mouth Does Absolutely Nothing

Here's a video that'll shatter many a Hollywood movies: putting duct tape over somebody's mouth doesn't stop them from screaming, it doesn't make them stop talking and it definitely doesn't keep them quiet. In fact, putting duct tape over somebody's mouth does... absolutely nothing. Read More >>

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NASA Needs This Fantastic Spationery in Its Gift Shop

Since it's totally pre-occupied with its latest rover roaming the surface of Mars, we figured we'd give NASA a hand, specifically when it comes to restocking its gift shop. Unfortunately, South Korean designer Jeongmi Lee's lovely space-themed Spacionery office accessories don't exist yet. But NASA put a man on the moon and a robot on Mars—it can certainly make this happen. Read More >>

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Sellotape Tape Even Makes Semiconductors Better

Proving you can literally fix and improve anything with tape, physicists at the University of Toronto have developed a simple technique to give semiconductors superconducting properties with a bit of clear sticky tape. And you thought duct tape was the hero of the adhesive world. Read More >>

gadgets
Nobody Needs an Auto Measuring, Self-Cutting Tape Dispenser

Unless you've managed to parlay your Christmas gift wrapping service into a year-round business, there's really no way to justify spending £130 on this unnecessary office accessory that can automatically measure and cut a pre-determined length of cellophone tape. Read More >>

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Please Someone Make This Self-Destructing Packing Tape Before I Break Another Nail

You wanna know why opening a package is so thrilling? Because it's a bloody epic poem just to get the box open. By the time you're in, you'd be excited by packing peanuts and nothing else. Read More >>

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Turn Your iPod Into an Old School Cassette Player With a Square Card Reader

If it works as claimed, here's a fascinating hack for anyone still in love with the analogue sound from audio tape. With some simple modifications, Evan Long managed to turn an iPod Touch and a Square credit card reader into a rudimentary cassette player. Read More >>

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How Do You Fix a Broken Telephone Pole? With Tape Of Course

When something as big and heavy as a telephone pole snaps in two, it's normally a job for a builder. You're going to have to dig out the base, concrete in a new one, and then run the cables. Not so in China; all you need is tape. Read More >>

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The Greatest Innovation in Packing Tape Since the Sticky Side

If you've ever marveled at how easy it is to open a padded shipping envelope thanks to its built-in rip cord that tears through the material, you'll instantly understand why this enhanced roll of packing tape is pure genius. Read More >>

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How to Make a Bunch of Roses Using Duct Tape

In this hatefully commercial world we live in, nothing says "I love you" on Valentine's Day like a bunch of red roses. But if you can't locate a florist, or your partner has a sense of humour, why not try making a bunch using duct tape instead? Read More >>

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