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Buzz Aldrin wants you to buy this $150 solar backpack

Buzz Aldrin: revered engineer, astronaut of our time and now, the face of high fashion backpacks. Bag brand Sprayground has released a new collection, "Mission to Mars", and the campaign sees Aldrin playing the role of a flight coach, modelling the collection's pieces as he hangs around Mars …

Buzz Aldrin

Keep Your Project Secure with These CNC Workholding Techniques

Once upon a time, the movements of master machinists were measured, recorded, and stored on cards and paper tape. The stored numbers were used to control motors that moved mills, lathes, and other machines exactly the way the machinists had. This was referred to as numeric control (NC). After World …

How To: Reclaim Old Ring Binders to Corral Crazy Cables

Once upon a time in America, industrious citizens built great castles of commerce atop unstable mountains of paper shored up, more or less effectively, by rooms full of file cabinets and shelves full of ring binders. And though the file cabinet is now believed extinct in the wild, ring binders are …

3-IN-1 Foldable Shelter Deployment

How to photograph a meteor shower

Head for the country and point your camera toward the sky.<p>The 2017 solar eclipse has been getting all the press lately, but there's another photogenic event happening in the sky soon, and there's no chance it will scorch your eyeballs. The Perseid meteor shower peaks in mid-August, with this year's …

Landscape Photography

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

University of Washington

Three Super-Simple Fidget Spinners You Can Make

When we posted our first piece about fidget spinners in November of last year, we had no idea that they were going to become such a massive cultural phenomenon. That post is closing in on half-a-million page views and there seems to be no end of interest in these simple little gadgets with no real …

Use Raspberry Pi for a Modern Day Telegraph

Morse code is a super simple communication protocol that can be used in all kinds of ways — from secret signals tapped out by hand, to lights, whistles, radio beacons, you name it. It was humanity’s first means of long-distance electronic communication, and appearances in fictional (and sometimes …

Scoop Fresh Air Into Your Car with This Window Vent

My first car had no air conditioning. In those days not many cars did. What we did have, though, were small triangular vent windows (Figure A) that pivoted outward to scoop buffeting gales of fresh air into the car, which cooled us by evaporation. It worked much better than you might think. It also …

How to stream music all around your house

Bring the tunes upstairs and downstairs.<p>Thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, getting your tunes pumping in every room of the house no longer has to be a complicated or expensive process. If you want home-filling audio, you've got a variety of choices when it comes to hardware and …

Smart Homes

Cobble Together a Low-Tech Music Box

Music boxes are known for their tinkly sound. But wind-up music boxes are also finely tuned machines. Turn the key to tighten a spring, open the lid to release the catch that lets the spring unwind, and gears and flywheels start to move the mechanism at just the right speed.<p>The music is produced by …

Beginner Robotics: Understanding How Simple Sensors Work

For a robot to truly be considered a robot, it must be able to sense and affect its environment. That’s why sensors are so crucial to robotics, and understanding how to use them to make a robot smart is vital for any budding roboticist. I recently launched a Kickstarter and we’re actually giving …

Robotics

3D Printing Topographical Maps from Space Shuttle Data

In February 2000 the Space Shuttle Endeavor embarked on an 11 day mission known as the Shuttle Radar Tomography Mission (SRTM). Its purpose was to collect RADAR interferometric data to generate a high-resolution digital topographic database of Earth. The resulting data is a collection of files …

Sea Level

Solar-powered water purifier may be three times as efficient as current models

The idea of using solar power to turn undrinkable water into drinkable water isn’t new. But researchers at the University at Buffalo School of …

AP: Trump's voter fraud expert registered in 3 states

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during …

Donald Trump

Mesmerizing GIFs Illustrate the Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery — All Done Without Screws, Nails, or Glue

Traditional Japanese carpentry, whether used to build a dinner table or the entire house containing it, doesn't use screws, nails, adhesives, or any …

You can feed yourself for a week with less than $15 of groceries from Trader Joe's — here's what you can make

Ramen and mac n' cheese aren't your only meal options when money is tight.<p>Finding a restaurant where you can get multiple meals for under $15 is quite a feat to accomplish. That's why Trader Joe's is actually the place to be when you're on a tight budget.<p>All five of these meals are nutritious and …

Building a 8x8 Short Shed with Gable Roof | MyOutdoorPlans | Free Woodworking Plans and Projects, DIY Shed, Wooden Playhouse, Pergola, Bbq

This step by step diy project is about <b>8×8 short shed roof plans</b>. This is PART 2 of the shed project, where I show you how to build the gable roof for …

Woodworking

8x8 Short Shed Plans | MyOutdoorPlans | Free Woodworking Plans and Projects, DIY Shed, Wooden Playhouse, Pergola, Bbq

This step by step diy project is about <b>8×8 short shed plans</b>. I have designed this 6-7′ high shed with a gable roof so you can store items while saving …

Season a Carbon Steel Pan With Oil and Potato Peels

Just like cast iron, a carbon steel pan needs to be seasoned before its first use. Oil is a must-have for the process, but Cook’s Illustrated …

The $100 Grow Cabinet

As medicinal and recreational use of cannabis becomes more widely accepted, many cannabis users are choosing to grow their own. For those who can …

We Now Know Bacteria Can Communicate Electrically, And We Should Be Worried

They're organised.<p>We already have a lot to worry about when it comes to bacteria, as more and more strains becoming resistant to our dwindling …

Frequent sauna sessions may lower dementia risk

We've already heard that things like special enzymes and fresh produce may help ward off Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. According …

Learn Machining and Fusion 360 with NYC CNC

I was not great as a student. It is <i>really</i> hard to hold my attention and unless what you’re teaching me is directly applied to real-world applications, I get annoyed. John Saunders from NYC CNC has managed to catch my attention, and teach me a ton about Autodesk Fusion 360 and CNC Machining. He does …

Raspberry Pi Wall Mounted Google Calendar

His & Hers Razor Holders<p>MINI LAPTOP<p>3D Printer Cantilever 2.0 C3Dt/c<p>3D CAM and CNC Class<p>This would be awesome if done with a touch screen, not that it …

Raspberry Pi

How to Change Your Car's Brake Pads

Your car is a big expensive machine that, over its life, will cost you a ton in maintenance. If you learn to do some of those jobs yourself, you can …

Automotive Industry

How to Replace Dead Battery Pack Cells

Did you know that you can fairly easily replace the individual dead cells in rechargeable battery packs like the NiMH and NiCad kind found on cordless power tools? The process can be a little fussy, but if you want to save some bucks and have a few minutes to spare, you can bring a dead or dying …

Arduino