Bricky – Brick Laying System

All In All You’re Just Another Brick Laying System Bricky is a system that makes accurate DIY construction of walls easy. A template lets you put down a consistent layer of mortar for each course of bricks as well as the vertical strip of mortar between each brick. By investing in the creation of a…

The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp

Like buttah! This 2014 Kickstarter project raised AU$ 360,286 (the Canadian and Australian dollars are very close to parity), dwarfing its original AU$ 38,000 goal with 15,251 backers. The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp butter knife has small built in grater holes that cuts the butter into thin curls. This makes the butter easier to spread and because it has a…

Vantablack – Applications For The Blackest Black

When you look into the abyss Vantablack, short for “vertically aligned nanotube arrays”, is the darkest artificial substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of visible light. The company Surrey NanoSystems Limited “grows” this forest of vertical tubes on a substrate using chemical vapour deposition. Its light absorbing properties make it ideal for preventing light from bouncing around…

Breaking In Jeans With Lasers

Better denim through chemistry Levi Strauss has announced that it will soon use lasers to give its jeans that lived in look that makes jeans look so good. Denim makers the world over currently use potassium permanganate to distress jeans. This acts like bleach but has a shorter effective life, making it easier to control.…