What Turned This River in China into a Blood-Red Mess?

People in Wenzhou, a prefecture in the Zhejiang province, woke up yesterday to discover that their local river had turned a dark crimson. What could have caused the sudden transformation? » 7/27/14 12:15pm 7/27/14 12:15pm

Penguins Of Madagascar Switch Meant To Assure Box-Office Success

We've known for a while now that DreamWorks Animation switched the premiere dates for their new property (starring Steve Martin and Rihanna), Home and the long-awaited Penguins of Madagascar. It was only recently that Mike Reyes over at Cinema Blend pointed out why they made the decision. Here is the reason and why… » 5/30/14 1:01am 5/30/14 1:01am

Lord Of The Rings Animation Supervisor Defends Importance Of Job

Last week, Cartoon Brew pointed out some potentially belittling comments actor and motion-capture icon Andy Serkis made in a recent interview with io9. In short, Serkis downplayed the role of animators in creating realistic mo-cap CGI. And while Serkis is certainly right to say an actor makes a huge contribution… » 5/14/14 12:15pm 5/14/14 12:15pm

Journey Inside the Cavernous Interiors of these Mega-Factories

Gigantic factories have always been symbols of prosperity — but also of dystopian horror. Some of the biggest factories in our world today evoke ambivalent feelings of dread and awe. » 3/06/14 7:00pm 3/06/14 7:00pm

Century-Old Photos of the U.S. Take Us Back to the Industrial Age

The Industrial Revolution was at its height in the mid-19th century, but it was still in full swing in the early 20th century, when these photos were taken. They offer a portrait of the U.S. looking profoundly different. But it was also when we built many of our great bridges and public works, so some things have… » 1/08/14 3:00pm 1/08/14 3:00pm

The Curious Evolution of the Typewriter, in Pictures

Chances are you're typing on a keyboard as you read this. But could you imagine typing on a set of keys like the ones above? The typewriter keyboard has a long and colorful history — and here are some eye-opening pictures of typewriters from the past two centuries. » 5/28/13 4:23pm 5/28/13 4:23pm

How the Oscars proved Hollywood is killing the VFX industry

While ABC showed viewers the glitz and glamor of Sunday night's Academy Awards from the red carpet and inside the Dolby Theater, across the street there was a very different show going on. Members of the visual effects (VFX) industry gathered on Hollywood Boulevard to raise awareness about the financial hardships… » 2/26/13 2:10pm 2/26/13 2:10pm

This is the ultimate supervillain weapon

There is nothing more awesome than watching industrial machines do what they are made to do. And here, in this Russian report on a giant mobile drill, you can see what I hope will one day turn up in a comic book with a mutant alien who hates Green Lantern riding on the back of it. » 2/07/13 9:50am 2/07/13 9:50am

Oil drilling is getting even more extreme and dangerous

You'd think that blowback from the Deepwater oil disaster would make companies more cautious about drilling deep into the Earth in search of black gold. But a terrific article by Discover's Mac Margolis reveals drilling is only getting more extreme. » 1/21/11 1:33pm 1/21/11 1:33pm

The Giant Underground Gas Tank Where Most Helium Is Stored

No, this isn't a secret UFO installation. It's a natural underground gas tank that contains over a billion cubic meters of helium, important in many industrial processes, located under America's Great Plains. It's covered in mines, domes, and pipelines. » 3/19/10 9:00am 3/19/10 9:00am

Know Your Nuclear Reactors with Illustrated Wall Charts

Nuclear reactors are an unlikely source of art, but the complex workings of these machines have a strange, industrial beauty to them. These incredibly detailed wall charts explain the inner workings of the machines and display them in cutaways. » 12/18/09 3:30pm 12/18/09 3:30pm

A Giant Robot That Kills Trees More Efficiently

Check out this scary video of a Terminator-esque "harvester" machine that cuts a tree down, shaves its branches and bark off, and then spits it out in perfect, standard log lengths. (Thanks, Gregory!) » 2/10/09 11:46am 2/10/09 11:46am

Meet Your New Robot Overlord: The Autonomous Mining Truck

Click to view » 9/11/08 10:22am 9/11/08 10:22amSo you already know about autonomous aerial vehicles being used in combat and surveillance — they're little planes that look almost like toys. Not so with the next generation of autonomous vehicles. A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon have just won a contract to create a robotic system that would…

Hot Running Steel

When you see a picture of molten steel pouring out of a faucet into the sink, you might guess it's a piece of art rather than an actual industrial machine. But this image is quite real, and I wouldn't recommend rinsing your hands in that sink. It's a photo from a French factory that manufactures steel tubes for oil… » 8/18/08 5:16pm 8/18/08 5:16pm

The Gold Smelting Factory of Kyrgyzstan

This gigantic tool is an ore-grinding machine at the Kumtore gold mine, the largest in Central Asia. The mine clings to the side of the Tien Shien mountain range, 4200 meters above sea level in Issyk Kul Province, Kyrgyzstan. Want to see the process of smelting gold up there in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan?

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