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Watch a Photocopier Somehow Get Transformed Into a Trumpet

There’s about 2.2 kilos of salvageable copper inside your typical photocopier (mostly in the power supply and the motor’s copper windings). Copper, that can be mixed with zinc to create brass. Brass, that can be shaped out to make a trumpet. It’s the circle of life! Read More >>

Small Pocket of Welsh to Test BT’s 500Mbps Non-Fibre Links

BT and its Openreach fleet of van-driving engineers are about to trial its technology out in the real world, with a small group of around 100 homes in Swansea getting the first look at the fibre-like speeds BT thinks it can get through traditional copper connections. Read More >>

What all the Metal From a Single Mine Would Look Like as a Giant Orb

Of all the ways humans have altered the Earth, mining must be one of the most awe-inspiring — just for the sheer ratio of Earth excavated to metals and gems recovered. Still, it's hard to visualise just how much a single mine has netted in numbers, which is why For What It's Worth is so interesting. Read More >>

The Biggest Man-Made Hole on Earth

A few weeks ago, we looked at a photo essay on Mir Mine, a nearly mile-wide mine in Eastern Siberia that's one of the largest man-made holes on Earth's surface. It made us wonder: where the largest hole ever made by humans? Perhaps unsurprisingly it can be found in the Land of the Big Things: the U S of A. Read More >>

Vodafone Targets Gangster Pound With Exclusive Gold Samsung Galaxy S5

If you're still sticking with Vodafone after the Rootmetrics assassination attempt, it has one pretty flashy exclusive as a reward -- an all-gold Samsung Galaxy S5. As with the other networks and SIM-free retailers, you'll be able to pre-order this edition from March 28th. The images from Samsung call it "copper" though, so an independent valuation prior to purchase may be in order. 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 >>

Lovely Copper LED Lamp Comes with Its Own Personal Power Outlet

Ideally, my desk would be a clean space—populated by only my MacBook Air and nothing else. But this little retro-futuristic copper lamp with en suite power outlet might be the one beautiful exception. Read More >>

9 Beautiful Objects Crafted from Copper

After seeing all the copper furniture makers cooked up at the New York and Milan furniture design shows, it became apparent that a new copper age is beginning in contemporary design objects. Why now? Read More >>

BT Says You Don’t Need All Fibre, its Copper “Last Mile” is Good Enough to Stay

Sean Williams, BT's group strategy director, told a committee of MPs that there's no need to pursue enhanced fibre-to-the-premises connections in the UK, as the existing copper network and the cheaper fibre-to-the-cabinet option ought to be good enough for most users' needs. Read More >>

BT Unleashes the RABIT to Catch Cable Thieves

We heard that BT had had enough of its cables getting pinched, but now it’s unleashed the RABIT on the thieving bastards, which should help keep your broadband flowing freely and uninterrupted. Read More >>

An All-Copper Touch Sensitive NES Controller That’ll Fit In Your Wallet

You’ve that a massive NES controller to play with, but what about one you can fit in your wallet? This awesome-looking all-copper capacitive NES joypad that’s about the size of a credit card, and can be made at home with the help of a KickStater project, might fit the bill. Read More >>

Where Christmas Lights Go to Die

Welcome to Shijiao. It's a bustling town in China that just so happens to be the unofficial capital of dead and unwanted Christmas lights. According to The Atlantic, 20 million pounds of old Christmas lights make it through Shijao every year. What the heck for? Read More >>

Waste and Metal Task Force To Bring the Smackdown on Cable Pilferers

A new collaboration between BT, the London Metropolitan Police, and Bexley Council, has been set up to target the miscreants that pinch the nations copper cables. The Waste and Metal Task Force aims to bring the pain on the thieves who cost the taxpayer £700m a year. Read More >>