Ross Tanswell

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Cubist-inspired artist makes celeb portraits from Rubik’s Cubes

You might struggle to put a Rubik’s Cube together (don’t worry, we can’t do it either), but some people seem to make it look so easy.<p>Artist Giovanni …

Foo Fighters

Forget batteries: this tiny, wriggly robot runs on moisture

Like a worm or snake<p>Forget batteries and electricity — the tiny robots of the future could run on moisture.<p>Researchers at Seoul National University in South Korea, have created robots that can “inchworm” forward by absorbing humidity from their surrounding environment. The so-called hygrobots, …

The Labo STEM toy is Nintendo's latest bit of creative weirdness

The video game company has a history of making consoles about more than just a controller.<p>Earlier this week, Nintendo introduced a new product called Labo. It’s part video game, part craft project, and most importantly, part one of Nintendo’s step into the booming industry of engineering toys. At …

Retrogaming

This sub-$100 desktop PC fits in the palm of your hand

Imagine any and every display you come across can instantly become a full-blown desktop computer, whether it’s a PC monitor or an HDTV. Imagine not …

The Fine Art of Japanese Hakone Marquetry Using Razor-Thin Slices of Wood Mosaics | Colossal

<p>From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern …

Pinterest

Two New Furniture Making Techniques That Are Challenging Traditional Woodworking

And they were created by students<p>After thousands of years spent manipulating wood, humans are still inventing new and exciting ways of working with …

Doctors are wearing the new Google Glass while seeing patients

And a remote scribe does the busy work.<p>You could be forgiven for assuming that Glass, Google's head-mounted augmented-reality device, had been effectively dead since 2015. But as Google’s sister company X, the Moonshot Factory, announced on Tuesday, the project has been pivoting to a …

Google Glass

Ancient Romans were way better at making concrete

The ocean didn't break it down— it only made it stronger.<p>What have the Romans ever done for us? Yeah, yeah, they gave us sanitation, roads, aqueducts, public order, wine, and education. But then they couldn’t be bothered to write down the recipe for their <i>insanely</i> durable concrete.<p>So here we …

Engineering

Most Scenic Bike Routes in the World Photos

Casual bikers love to go for a spin because the activity is a perfect blend of exercise and scenery. Added to this fact is that bike paths are typically away from busy streets, making the sport all the more serene. Yet, for those biking-enthusiasts who are not satisfied with simply hoping on their …

It’s Impossible To Watch Just One Of These GIFs Of Japanese Wood Joining

Traditional Japanese carpentry is almost unfathomably complicated. Timber was joined, not by nails or screws, but by carving extremely intricate patterns into the wood, then interlocking them as self-reinforcing joints.<p>These aren’t your dad’s Lincoln Logs or Lego, though. The patterns include …

Wonderful Skills

Build a DIY garden you can bring on the road

You can take it with you on your adventures<p>There’s nothing quite like putting down roots and tending a garden. But what happens if you don’t have a backyard? Or you’re suddenly uprooted? Or you decide to go on a road trip and can’t get anyone to watch your plants?<p>Just whip up a portable container …

University of Maryland

Sustainable Floating Home

The so-called WaterNest 100 was designed by architect Giancarlo Zema and is one of the most sustainable and green floating homes around. It is made …

Architecture

Researchers accidentally turn CO2 into ethanol

While governments around the world continue the long, hard work of regulating away the future use of fossil fuels, scientists have discovered how to …

Reinforce Plywood for Hinge Screws

Woodworking

Reference: The Ultimate Wood Joint Visual Reference Guide

Here's a handy resource for your next design-build project<p>Dating all the way back to Neolithic times, the mortise and tenon is the oldest wood joint …

Secret Drawer: Bookshelf Hides Magnetically-Locked Storage

Picture the process of thieves rummaging through your home. Would they find your stash of valuables taped to the bottom of a drawer or under a …

Avant-garde

Mo' Pencils, Mo' Problems

Whether you're an ID student working wood or an architecture student making foamcore models, you need a pencil to mark dimensions on the material …

Japanese Toolbox

The first time I came across a box like this, it was housing a circular saw. It was made from rec room paneling, scrap pine, and roofing nails. While not much to look at, it was strong, and the action of the lift-out lid fascinated me. A couple of months later I learned that this is also the common …

Scientists made see-through wood that's stronger than glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. "We were very surprised by how …

Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it’ll just be a matter of looking …

This Amazing Accessory Turns Your iPad Into a 3-D Scanner

When most people play with a Kinect, the best they can hope for is a high score in <i>Dance Central</i>. When Occipital CEO Jeff Powers saw Microsoft's …

3D-Printed Patch Can Reverse A Heart Attack

Stretchable electronics make it possible to custom fit pacemakers for each patient<p>An interconnected web of sensors and electrodes has been developed …

Tiko Could Be a $179 3D Printer For Everyone

$179. For the same amount one can buy a Moto 360 smartwatch, a budget smartphone, or an expensive clickety-clack mechanical keyboard. <i>Or</i> you could dip …

Now we can 3D print ceramics

Despite being able to build just about anything with 3D printing, until now items have been limited to polymer plastics, a handful of metals and glass. However, researchers at HRL Laboratories have announced a significant advancement in additive manufacturing: the ability to print ceramics. The …

These 3D Printed Trilobites Are Absolutely Stunning

Trilobites are everywhere: you’ve probably seen them in museums, or if you’re lucky, in the rocks near where you live. While we’re used to seeing the …

3D-printed cartilage could restore ears, shoulders, knees and nose

Cartilage is pretty important. It provides structure to parts of the body and softens the joints between bones. When cartilage is damaged, it can cause a lot of pain. And, unfortunately, cartilage does not regenerate well on its own, since it doesn't have a blood supply.<p>The field of bioprinting -- …