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Computer Printer Salvage

It’s easy to build up a “junk box” of items you can use to build projects seen in MAKE — or just about anything you can imagine.<p>Many of my articles for MAKE take advantage of found components, often picked out of trash bins. Just because an electronic device has failed at its original task doesn’t …

A 3D Printed Large Format Camera

Pinhole cameras have been a staple of makers and DIYers for generations, usually made out of wood, plastic, or metal. Over on Thingiverse, schlem has created a pinhole camera with a 3D printer. This one’s special though: it uses 4×5″ film, a very large size vastly superior in image quality than …

The Arduino Yún 云 is Now Available

Announced earlier in the year at Maker Faire Bay Area, the Arduino Yún is the first Linux-based Arduino board putting it in a unique position—at least for now—in the Arduino hardware lineup. It combines a Atmega32U4-based “classic” Arduino, similar to the Ardunio Leonardo, embedded directly on the …

Enter the (Paper) Matrix

For the Museum of Mathematics<p><i>Math Mondays</i> is back from summer vacation with a brief break from all of the goodies discovered at the Bridges conference (more later) to highlight another must-visit site in the world of making with a mathematical bent. Today’s shout-out goes to PaperMatrix, an …

Autodesk Partners with Circuits.io to Create Free Electronics Design Tool

Autodesk today expanded its suite of free 3D tools by partnering with Circuits.io to launch an electronics design tool: 123D Circuits.<p>The program allows users to create virtual breadboard-based designs to build and experiment with circuits. A virtual Arduino board can be added to the design, and …

Why trust climate models? It’s a matter of simple science

How climate scientists test, test again, and use their simulation tools.<p>Talk to someone who rejects the conclusions of climate science and you’ll …

How can I stop Paypal from freezing my crowdfunding campaign?

Ars asks Paypal and gets a complex—and so far unsatisfactory—answer.<p>Yesterday, we ran a story about how global payment processing company Paypal …

Pre-order pages up for Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, shipping early October

They'll run you $299.99 each with a contract.<p>Carrier news about Samsung's latest devices are slowly making the rounds. We got a good look at the …

Fantasia: Music Evolved is a new kind of abstract rhythm game

Conducting simulator could be the best use of motion controls since Dance Central.<p>When motion controls first came into vogue, most people thought we …

Unraveling the origins of life with mathematical chemistry

Looking at all the possible models for reactions based on hydrogen cyanide.<p>How life began is one of the most compelling questions humanity ever …

Sometimes storing electricity makes no (energetic) sense

For wind, discarding the energy may be more efficient than building big batteries.<p>Two of the major renewable energy sources, wind and solar power, …

Texas still seeing attempts to limit evolution in school textbooks

Stop us if you've heard this before: one textbook reviewer suggests teaching creationism.<p>Texas' school board, which has waged an ongoing battle over …

Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

<i>Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui</i> at the Brooklyn Museum marks the first solo exhibition in a New York museum of Anatsui’s art. …

Difficult Relationships at the Whitney

I was easily, gratefully seduced by the concept of <i>I, YOU, WE</i>, up through the end of August at the Whitney Museum of American Art, exploring identity …

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup Eleanor Antin revisits her personae, James Turrell casts blue light, John Baldessari reimagines Adrian Lima, and much …

Fisher 500 Amp: The 50-Year-Old King of Pure Stereophonic Sound | WIRED

The debut of Avery Fisher’s combo amplifier-receiver in the early 1960s signaled the dawn of the home stereo revolution. It initially came in two …

Picture of iPhone 5Cs leaked by Pegatron employee

A quality control employee at Pegatron posted the picture above to her Weibo profile (gone now), appearing to show a large amount of iPhone 5Cs in testing mode, as noted by Nowhereelse/Engadget. The following quote was attached to the image:<p>“The low-end iPhone 5C to be launched for Chinese …

On a Roll: World’s First 3D Printed Skateboard

My first skateboard was a yellow fiberglass deck from skating pioneer Tunnel. Then I moved on to wood, but in between I rode the occasional plastic board. They weren’t made for ramps or street skating given their extra flex, but they were great cruising boards for rolling down the sidewalk or …

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Most Useless Machine

Laurens Valk built this quick and dirty “most useless machine” with a Lego Mindstorms EV3 set. It consists of a touch sensor acting as a switch and a servo motor resetting the switch every time it’s pulled. It’s a machine with no purpose other than to shut itself off! And how can you not adore the …

Arduino in Math Class

<i>This post is written by Jim Town, a math (and Make!) teacher at West Sacramento Prep. He began incorporating Arduino into his math classrooms last year and found students engaged and excited, while also learning more himself on how to facilitate a different type of learning. For the 2013-2014</i> …

Siri takes swipes at Google Glass - appPicker

Apple has updated Siri and it now makes comments about Google Glass, calling it “half empty.” If you say “Okay, Glass” then it’ll come back with a …

Nine Inch Nails’ new album, ‘Hesitation Marks’, now streaming free on iTunes

After releasing its first single in nearly 5 years with “Came Back Haunted” and returning to play its first North American gig in nearly four years for Lollapalooza, the wait is almost over for the release of Nine Inch Nails’ much anticipated full length album entitled “Hesitation Marks.” For those …

David Lynch Talks About His 99 Favorite Photographs at Paris Photo 2012

We don't need to tell you, an Open Culture reader, about the richness of David Lynch's contribution to motion pictures. But the auteur also has an …

Quentin Tarantino’s Handwritten List of the 11 “Greatest Movies”

Earlier this week, we featured a list of Quentin Tarantino's 12 Favorite Films of All Time, given in response to <i>Sight & Sound’</i>s 2012 poll. This …

What Makes You Put Down a Book?

The Gun - Philip K. Dick - Audiobook

Philip K. Dick

Robert Crumb Illustrates Philip K. Dick’s Infamous, Hallucinatory Meeting with God (1974)

<i>“I saw God,” Fat states, and Kevin and I and Sherri state, “No, you just saw something</i> like <i>God, exactly like God.” And having spoke, we do not stay</i> …

Pioneering 19th-Century Astronomer Maria Mitchell on Education and Women in Science

<i>“We are women studying together,”</i> trailblazing astronomer <b>Maria Mitchell</b> (August 1, 1818–June 28, 1889) said to the senior class in astronomy when it entered upon its last year at Vassar College in 1876, where Mitchell had begun teaching after the Civil War as the only woman on the faculty. These …

Alfred Hitchcock’s 7-Minute Master Class on Film Editing

If you've made a film, you'll remember when you realized that editing, more than any other stage of production, determines the audience's final …