This Automated Sand Printer Is Ready to Flood Your Instagram Feed With Beach Wedding Proposals

Wedding proposals are just one of the many minefields you have to navigate on social media platforms, and Ivan Miranda isn’t making things any easier. He’s designed and built an autonomous printer that can draw messages in sand, so now’s probably a good time to brace yourself for an endless barrage of “will you marry me?” beach proposals clogging up your feeds. Read More >>

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What Kind of Sorcery Lets People Swim In This Sand-Filled Hot Tub?

You can try as hard as you want, but you’ll never be as cool an uncle as ex-NASA JPL engineer Mark Rober. Using elaborate experiments, he makes learning about science even more entertaining than Bill Nye did, and his latest invention is a sand-filled hot tub that somehow still behaves like water you can swim in. Read More >>

Watch Sand Magically Flow Like a Liquid When Pumped Full of Air

The playground you frequented as a kid was probably blanketed in sand to help soften the impact every time you tumbled off the jungle gym. But did you know that something magical happens when you pump a pile of sand full of air? It suddenly enters a liquid-like state. Read More >>

God Has Second Thoughts About Deleting Beach

God has decided that the beach in the Irish village of Dooagh on Achill Island looks better with sand, so, with a wave of a hand, he scattered a few thousand tonnes of sand back over the rocks and now the people have a beach for it always to be too cold to sit on again. Read More >>

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Heavy Dump Trucks Are Protecting Clinton and Trump From a Terrorist Attack

Just when we thought today’s historic election couldn’t get any weirder, it appears that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are being protected by an army of dump trucks. Law enforcement say the trucks — which are loaded with sand — are forming a barrier to minimize an attack with explosive devices. Read More >>

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The Brutal Murder of This Neon Sand Man Is Disturbingly Satisfying

Because the human body is (scientifically) a big wet meat sack, murder is typically an ugly, messy thing, ill-suited for coverage on a site like this. Luckily, the good folks at Super Deluxe managed to correct this design flaw by making their own dirt man out of coloured sand—and then hacking him into a million pieces. Read More >>

Sand Thieves are Destroying the World’s Beaches to Make Concrete

Sand–humble, measly, regular old sand—is a hot commodity these days. As construction booms in Asia and the Middle East gulp up billions of tonnes of sand each year, beaches thousands of miles away are getting robbed and turned into rocky, pockmarked versions of their former selves. Read More >>

Sand-Based Battery Has Three Times the Capacity of Standard Li-Ion Cells

Engineering researchers at the University of California claim to have come up with a new lithium-ion battery tech that squeezes three times as much capacity into the space of one of today's cells, using nanoscale silicon formed from sand as part on the process. Read More >>

These Sand Castles are Actually Castles Carved on Grains of Sand

Anyone can build a castle with sand, but can you build a castle on sand? Artist and photographer Vik Muniz collaborated with MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho to engrave a castle onto a single grain of sand. Read More >>

If a Graffiti Printer Writes With Sand is it Still Really Vandalism?

Gijs van Bon's Skryf machine is far from the world's first automatic graffiti machine. But it could be the first that won't have law enforcement ready to throw the cuffs on him. That's because the self-propelled device uses a modified CNC milling machine to 'print' messages on the ground using nothing but harmless sand. Read More >>

Scientists Flattened a Desert With Bulldozers to Study Sand Dunes

Six years ago, a patch of land in the Inner Mongolian desert became unnaturally flat. Researchers, for the sake of science, had razed 40 acres of desert. Then, for three and half years, they set up cameras and watched as small piles of sand grew and grew into full-fledged sand dunes. Read More >>

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How Sand Ate a Pirate City During an Earthquake

Fables tell us that it's really stupid to build a house on sand. In reality, you can build your house on sand—as long as you live in a tectonically stable part of the world. If you don't, an earthquake will turn the sand into quicksand, and as a consequence, it will turn your house into history. Read More >>

Four Stepper Motors Can Make Beautiful Sand Art

There are challenges to making art in any medium, and with sand the issue is clearly accuracy. How do you keep everything in place while you're working? David Bynoe, a kinetic sculptor in Calgary, Alberta, created this drawing machine for the Telus Spark Science Centre to solve that problem. Read More >>

Sand Can Light Up a Room

LED lightbulbs are already energy efficient, but they would be even better if they could emit light without connecting to the grid at all. Brooklyn-based designer Danielle Trofe is trying to make that happen. Read More >>