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6 Inexpensive Materials, Dozens of Ideas

<i>These posts first appeared in Education Community newsletters leading up to Maker Faire Bay Area 2014.</i><p><i>Where are the ideas? Click on any blue word to explore.</i><p>Make with: Paper<p>Paper is so readily available and versatile, making it the perfect material for making on a whim: fold, roll, engineer, or …

New, Improved 3-D Printer Makes Objects at a Faster CLIP

3-D printers are useful in many industries, as well as in the home and in space, but one limitation many of them share is the necessity of printing objects in a series of layers rather than as one continuous surface. This can give a rough quality to objects, which must often be hand-finished. A new …

3D Printing

Light-Up Fabric Could Make Glowing Clothing An Everyday Reality

Flashy threads? That's an understatement<p>The stylish glowing jumpsuits of the Tron-like future have just come a step closer, with the creation of a weavable fabric that lights up. Huisheng Peng and colleagues from Fundan University in Shanghai and UCLA created 1-millimeter thin fibers made from …

Nanotech

This Solar-Powered Engine Can Be Made With A 3D Printer

Sunny with a chance of renewable energy<p>You can 3D print plenty of things these days, from candy to a model of an asteroid. And now, with the help of a 3D printer, you can produce most of the parts for a pretty simple engine. Recently, German engineer Andreas Haeuser built a solar-powered Stirling …

Renewable Energy

Smartphones could be charged in 60 seconds with new battery

An iPhone 6 takes around two hours to charge but could be full of power in a minute if fitted with a new aluminium battery<p>Smartphones could be charged in less than one minute after scientists at Stanford University invented an aluminium battery so powerful it could revolutionise the industry.<p>The …

Clean Energy

A Pair Of Robot Arms Could Make You Dinner

This machine learns to cook by watching you<p>The 2011 MasterChef champion Tim Anderson has a new apprentice--a robo-chef.<p>“It’s the ultimate sous-chef,” Anderson told BBC News. “You tell it to do something--whether it’s a bit of prep or completing a whole dish from start to finish--and it will do …