Hydrophobic sand aka magic fairy dust isn’t something new. But seeing the effects of in action is always impressive. Just watch it go from sand into this metallic goo once it sinks into a cup of water. And even cooler, watch it transform back from goo into grains of sand once it exits the water.
We have an exclusive video interview of Hugh Howey (Wool) and his UK editor, Jack Fogg, discussing Howey's new novel Sand. It's a fascinating look at the creative process of one of the most popular science fiction authors today.
These stunning 3D sand designs from New Zealand are simple stunning. Scraping optical illusions into the lovely beaches of Mount Maunganui (and others), the creators from 3DSD certainly know how to trick the eyes.
Corrie Francis Parks' short animation A Tangled Tale uses a combination of physical sand animation and digital animation to tell the tail of two fish who fall in love after being caught on fishing lines.
Stop what you're doing and watch this. It's a video of sand. Sand skittering around on a vibrating plate, to be exact. But what happens when that sand skitters is amazing. Trust us – this is something you want to see.
In a robot uprising, humanity still should have one slim hope: if we flee to the beaches, our robot overlords might fall over on the soft, shifting sand dunes. Now roboticists have solved that one robotic flaw. Gee, thanks, guys.
Out in the desert, the sand sometimes hums or 'sings' as people walk along the top of dunes. Find out what causes this beautiful yet creepy sound, and listen to audio of the sand song.