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50 States, 50 Beers We Love *plus a beer we love in Washington, DC

Alabama<p>IPA<p>Good People Brewing's IPA is rich and malty, with a bitter cut of hops. (They use the whole shebang: Columbus, Willamette, Cascade, Simcoe, and Citra.) It's a rich, caramelly beer with an earthy core that finishes dry. Somewhere between a marzen style and IPA, this is the kind of beer …

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7 Residence Hall Hacks for Improving Dorm Life

Summer is coming to a close soon, which means it’s time to get back-to-school. If you’re off to college, we’ve rounded up a few fun DIY projects to enhance dorm life, ensuring your semesters are a bit more fun or geeky.

MAKE Presents: The Transistor

What’s the deal with the clever transistor? We’ve been covering them all August in our Component of the Month series, and it’s time to pull out a classic explanation of the technology from the dusty archives of Make: H.Q. Once again, our pal Collin Cunningham (now with Adafruit) educates us on this …

The Turbo Entabulator: A 3D-Printed Mechanical Computer

Chris Fenton’s 3D-printed mechanical computer (mentioned previously on MAKE) looks super cool!<p>punch card reader. Two hooks assigned to each counter can be used to either increment or decrement the register (if you accidentally select both at the same time, the machine will jam up until something …

10 Hot New Boards to Watch

<i>The Monday Jolt is a column about microcontrollers and electronics that appears in MAKE every Monday.</i><p>Over the last few months there have been a sudden rush of new micro-controller boards onto the market. A lot of that is down to Kickstarter and the appearance of a number slightly tweaked Arduino …

Tested In-Depth: Getting Started with Arduino

Our friends from Tested have released Know Your Arduino: A Practical Guide to The Most Common Boards. The guide is accompanied by a 30-minute video, below, with Will and Norm, where they show boards ranging from the Mini to the Mega, and then demo specific applications like gaming on the Esplora or …

Nicaragua Enlists China To Build An Alternative To The Panama Canal

"A-UG!," a racing "oooog": Nicaragua!<p>After a century as an only child, the Panama Canal is about to get a sister. Nicaragua announced recently that it is awarding China a contract to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, a move that could have huge implications for everything from military …

Video: Plunging Hot Charcoal Into Liquid Oxygen

A scientific breakdown brought to you courtesy of a high-speed camera.<p>As part of the excellent Periodic Table of Videos series, shot by video journalist Brady Haran and featuring University of Nottingham chemists, this YouTube video walks you through what happens when hot charcoal gets added to …

33-RPi Beowulf Cluster

Josh Kiepert’s beowulf cluster of 33 overclocked Raspberry Pi boards is powered by a custom PCB that sends fused 5V to the boards while providing a little RGB LED action. And check out the crispy rack design! [via Embedded Projects]

Steampunk AT-AT Liquor Cabinet

One of the coolest things I saw at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire last weekend was <i>The Emperor’s Cabinet</i>, a gorgeous, meticulously crafted, steampunk-inspired Star Wars AT-AT handmade by Vancouver artist and “woodbutcher” Colin Johnson. When I first saw it on setup day, the front doors were closed. I …

Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” Cover 3D-Printed

I’ve always been a huge fan of the legendary 1979 Joy Division record, <i>Unknown Pleasures</i>, and its equally iconic album cover. I’d always assumed that the image on the cover was of stacked waveforms from an audio recording, likely a segment from a track on the record. Just last week, in watching a …

DIY Hacks & How To's: Swiss Army Key Ring

Bunnie’s Form 1 Printer Teardown

Andrew “bunnie” Huang backed Formlabs’ 2012 Kickstarter for the Form 1 liquid resin (<p>SLA) printer and just scored a pre-release beta unit through his connect with Neoteny Labs.<p>And, naturally, the first thing he did was tear it apart.<p>Fun fact: the Form 1 actually contains <i>four</i> motors. Before clicking …

Adam Savage Exhorts the Makers to “Work Hard and Work Smart”

MythBuster and uber-maker Adam Savage entered the San Mateo County Fairgrounds riding a steampunk submarine for Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 this morning, and then from his perch in the conning tower imparted his message to thousands of DIY fans assembled.<p>Savage has been giving something of a keynote …

Earth's Core Is Weaker Than We Thought

Like so many of our own! No judgments, Earth.<p>A new study in Nature Geoscience, from two Stanford researchers, indicates that our planet's super-dense, super strong core may not be as strong as we'd thought.<p>It's very difficult to replicate the kind of ultra-high-pressure environment of Earth's iron …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

Arduino Helper Functions

Here’s some helpful functions for Arduino.<p><b>Blinking an LED</b><p>This function blinks an LED light as many times as requested, at the requested blinking rate.<p><b>Blinking a Number</b><p>Back in the dawn age of computing sometimes things went wrong enough that the only way to communicate an error to the user was to …

Arduino-Controlled $200 Robotic Hand

Aaron Thomen’s DIY $200 Robotic Hand looks and works great without costing a lot of money! It consists of servo-controlled and spring-loaded fingers delicate enough to pick up small objects.<p>In another video Aaron shows how to build it. Going to Maker Faire Bay Area? Aaron will be there showing off …

Pitches with Prototypes: Moti

MAKE’s 2013 Hardware Innovation Workshop is only a few days away and I’m really looking forward to the event, especially the “pitches with prototypes” contest. One of the entrants is Nicholas Stedman of Moti. He is trying to make robotics easy for “Designers, Developers & Devious Kids” with his …