How Aluminium Changed the World

Aluminium started as one of the world’s most expensive materials because it was difficult to refine—even though it made up 8 per cent of the world’s crust. But eventually aluminium became one of the cheapest materials after methods of mass producing it were invented in the 1880s. It went from $1200/£907 per kilogram down to a $1/£0.76 in 50 years. Read More >>

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What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminium Into a Lava Lamp

Pouring molten aluminium into things is always a fun science experiment so let’s see what happens when the hot hot gooey metal gets dropped inside a groovy lava lamp. A lot of what you expect to happen, happens: the molten aluminium initially follows the wax pattern but then eventually overwhelms the liquid and starts burning its way through the lamp. Read More >>

Aluminium Battery Could Charge a Phone in One Minute

A new innovation in battery technology promises to make hanging desperately off a USB cable less of a part of our lives, with researchers claiming a reworked aluminium battery prototype can go from flat to completely full in one minute. Read More >>

New Iron-Aluminium Alloy is Good as Titanium at 10 Per Cent of the Cost

The best materials are, by and large, the most expensive: carbon fibre, diamond and scandium all have properties to lust for, but an eye-watering price tag to match. Now, material scientists have tweaked an iron-aluminium alloy at the nano-scale to make a material that's as strong and light as titanium, another expensive material, but just a tenth of the cost. Read More >>

How Aluminium Cost More than Gold

Aluminium is literally one of the most common elements on Earth. So how did it come to be that aluminium cost more than gold? Read More >>

This Japanese House is Entirely Clad in Aluminium

Talk about tin foil hats: this house is for the truly paranoid. Sitting in a small provincial town near Tokyo, this house is clad entirely in a soft metallic coat of aluminium. Read More >>

The Origin and Power of Life Flows In This Ceiling

In ancient Greek lore, "arkhe" is the concept of origin and the forces underlying life. Standard philosophical themes to think about in a hair salon, right? Moriyuki Ochiai Architects designed this salon, ArKhe, in Chiba, Japan to channel water and remind people of the flow of life. Read More >>

A Sleek, Minimalist Aluminium Wallet With a Handy Eject Button

An ultra-thin wallet is the only way to avoid bulging pockets if you've opted for skintight jeans. But what good is a sleek wallet if it's next to impossible to get your cards out? That's why the Secrid wallet features an actual eject button at the bottom, forcing your credit and debit cards up so they're easy to remove from its featureless aluminium body. 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 >>

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Is Samsung Finally Waking Up to the Fact that Expensive Phones Need to Feel Premium?

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 our hearts sank a little. Compared to the gorgeous, premium looking and feeling HTC One, the plastic-shelled S4 just looked cheap. Yes, there are merits for a polycarbonate construction, but a premium experience isn't one of them. It seems Samsung might have just woken up to that fact. Read More >>

This All-Aluminium iPhone 5 Looks Pretty Cool to Me

Gizmodo reader Codi Bonney had a cool idea to stop the paint of his iPhone 5 to chip off: take the whole thing off. "I'm still working on sanding it, this is what I've got so far," he said in his email. It looks pretty neat. Read More >>

iPhone 5 Production Slows as Apple Improves Aluminium Quality

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 production is slowing, as it attempts to cut the number of devices shipped with nicks and scratches by improving aluminium quality control at Foxconn. Read More >>

The Best Way to See If the iPhone 5 Scratches Is to Scratch the Hell Out of It Inside the Store

I'm totally not suggesting that you do this yourself but if you're so very worried about scratching the iPhone 5 and/or a close follower of scuffgate, or whatever they call it these days, know this: stuff scratches. Especially stuff made from aluminium. The iPhone 5 is no different. Read More >>

Phil Schiller: That iPhone 5 Scratching Is Totally Normal

That iPhone 5 you bought at great expense, that's getting scratched and scuffed even though you're being really careful with it? Yeah, that's totally normal. At least, according to Apple's Phil Schiller it is. It's aluminium -- deal with it. Read More >>