electronics

ewaste

The World Economic Forum Tells Davos: Electronics Are 'the Fastest-Growing Waste Stream in the World’

"The material value of e-waste alone is worth $62.5 billion, three times more than the annual output of the world’s silver mines and more than the GDP of most countries."
Matthew Gault
1.29.19
Computer mouse computer

This Guy Made a Computer Mouse That Is Itself a Computer

It doesn’t have the best UI, but it is a pretty creative take on a laptop.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.14.19
DIY

This Cosplayer Made a Helmet That Makes Your Eyes Glow Like Thor

The helmet uses blacklight LEDs and blacklight-reactive contact lenses.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.19.18
Right to Repair

Protesters Are Slowly Winning Electronics Right-to-Repair Battles in Europe

Activists brought a busted refrigerator to a protest and successfully agitated for their right to repair.
Matthew Gault
12.14.18
RadioShack

The DIY Movement Is Bringing RadioShack Back From the Dead

Independently-owned franchise stores are the second coming of the beleaguered brand.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.4.18
e-waste

Europe Is Smuggling its E-Waste to Nigeria Inside Used Cars

A new EPA-backed study shows that an old problem has a new twist.
Matthew Gault
4.23.18
Tedium

The Art of Soldering

The story of solder, the unsung hero of the digital revolution that benefits from a low melting point. It’s what keeps the circuits attached to the silicon.
Ernie Smith
4.13.18
BTDubs

The House Passed a Budget Bill That Also Repeals Conflict Mineral Reporting Requirements

The rule is designed to track whether the minerals came from conflict areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.14.17
time is a flat gadget

My Dad, Keeper of Retro Tech

"I am a junk collector."
Alex Suskind
9.8.17
super

Homeland Security Will Begin “Heightened Screening” of Phones on All US-Bound Flights

In March, the agency announced a ban on electronics on US-bound flights coming from the Middle East and North Africa.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.28.17
structural variants

Researchers Made an Electrical Circuit Etch-A-Sketch in Crystals

The breakthrough paves the way for an “etch-a-sketch of nanoscale electrical connections.”
Daniel Oberhaus
6.14.17
millenial antiquing

The Hidden Stories Lingering in RadioShack’s Bankruptcy Auction

RadioShack’s recent troubles might best be reflected by the recent auction of its corporate history—an auction that is actually full of interesting gadgets.
Ernie Smith
6.8.17
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