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Before & After: The Year's Most Dramatic Transformations

For this very last roundup, we've combed through all of this year's Before & After projects (and trust us, there were a lot of good ones) and rounded …

How To: Building A Light Table Under $80

As a designer, Stefan Fahrngruber of SFA understands how nice it is to have a light table. I can attest to how nice they are when picking out tiny vinyl cut shapes after plotting. Unfortunately, light tables can be hard to come by inexpensively, and difficult to make. Sure, you can put a light …

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters Turned Into Stylish Suits

The Opposuits clothing company has taken the ugly Christmas sweater craze to the next level by creating boldly-colored suit outfits full of Christmas …

Why We Eat Too Much (and Why Kids Say They Hate Foods They Love)

It's normal for us to stuff our faces over the holidays—normal, if not ideal. The Guardian points out the science behind why we eat so much even when …

America's Rooftop Solar Panels Are Probably Facing The Wrong Direction

But they make more money this way.<p>The direction of your rooftop solar panels benefits your wallet more than the environment, according to multiple energy officials interviewed by The New York Times.<p>Virtually all homes point their solar panels south, where they can best capture rays from the sun …

Here's Why Rivers Almost Never Flow In A Straight Line

This is probably something you learned in elementary school: Rivers almost never flow in a straight line. Instead, they twist and turn along serpentine paths.<p>But why exactly is that so?<p>A new video by YouTube’s MinuteEarth (above) gives the surprisingly complicated answer, showing how even the …

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

What can you do with human waste? Besides flushing it?<p>That's a question that came to mind when we read about the United Kingdom's first-ever "Bio-bus." It's a tour bus that runs between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The tank is filled with biomethane gas generated from food waste and human …

Can You Put An Urban Farm There? This App Will Tell You

Data viz guru Ben Fry releases Urb.ag, an app that distills labyrinthine rules for urban farming into a simple map.<p>Urban farms are a great idea, in theory. People in cities need food, and shipping food over short distances (or not at all) saves fossil fuels. One problem? Urban farming, at least on …

20 Ultimate Ways To Use A Disposable Camera

A top 20 list of didn’t-know-you-could-do-that ways to hack, whack, and make the most of a disposable camera! (Find the full guide here!)

Fire Paintings: Artist Draws With Flames And Soot

Steven Spazuk is a Canada-based artist who uses candle soot to create elegant drawings. After depositing soot on his media with a candle or torch, he …

Awesome Zipper-Mouth Cat Sweater That You Can Actually Make

We all have that one sweater at home which is too plain to wear in public but too comfy to throw out. Instructables user Hellovillain has come up …

Would You Live in This 86-Square-Foot Parisian "Cupboard" Apartment?

Everything is hidden in this tiny home.<p>Here's an apartment that's definitely not for the claustrophobic. In this 86-square-foot Parisian space, you'll have to sleep in a cupboard. And the bed is not the only amenity that's tucked away — a dining table, closet, and bookshelves are all found hidden …

With Style And Silo, 'Modern Farmer' Melds Agrarian With Urban Hip

If you cover food and farming, as we do, you end up looking at farm magazines and agricultural web sites. This means you see lots of articles about corn prices and ads for farm equipment.<p>Then, a couple of years ago, Modern Farmer appeared. It's a farm magazine like no other. It flaunts a look and …

365 Days Of Origami Art By Ross Symons

We’ve seen quite a few interesting 365-day projects and this one is no exception. Ross Symons decided to fold one origami model every day for a year. …

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Why Islamic financial products are catching on outside the Muslim world

IN JUNE Britain became the first non-Muslim country to issue <i>sukuk</i>, the Islamic equivalent of a bond (the word itself is the plural of <i>sakk</i>, which …

This Family Lived With A Real Lion Back In 1971

This series of intimate photographs from the 1970s of Neil the lion carries a chilling backstory that should remind us all that, no matter how much …

Hubless Sada Bike Can Be Folded to the Size of an Umbrella

Foldable bikes have been around for some time, but Sada Bycicle pushes the limits of space-saving design by folding to the size of an umbrella. This …

Etching Permanent Volume Markings on a Kettle

It's easy and safe — use a 9V battery, vinegar, and salt to permanently etch markings on metal.<p>As a homebrewer I often need to measure my kettle volumes at various stages during the brew day — to figure out my brewing efficiency, or monitor evaporation rates, or compare boil volumes to what my …

Artisan Wooden Robotic Arms

Nothings better than getting toys for your birthday when you’re a kid or even for adults too. Usually it’s a videogame, a new bike or new clothes that are given as gifts, however if you’re lucky enough to have Kinohaguruma as your father, you get works of art like the Wooden Robotic Arm he crafted …

Every Ferris Wheel Needs An Arduino

When I was a kid I had an Erector set, Size 8 ½, and learned how to build mechanical projects the hard way. There were no step-by-step instructions, no snap together parts, no video tutorials, just a bunch of really cool drawings and 169 nuts and bolts. I couldn’t wait to build the awesome projects …

Over-Engineered Ringbox

What do you get when you have a CNC router and your significant other has a beautiful ring that needs to be stored? Possibly this extremely engineered ring box. The video below shows how it works, but be sure to check out the video at the bottom of the build process.<p>As the author puts it in the …

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Comic review: Bucky Barnes -- The Winter Soldier #1

Following his big screen debut in <i>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</i>, the former sidekick steps into a new role in the Marvel Universe -- and his …

SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

Tiny homes are increasingly touted as the new eco-friendly American dream for Millennials--but what if the micro-housing trend could also be combined …

Chinese Teacher Can Draw Amazingly-Accurate World Map on Blackboard from Memory

Currently trending on Chinese social media is this uber-cool history teacher who obviously doesn’t need a map or a textbook to teach his students. …

How Do Kissing, Snoring And Other Things Sound In Different Languages?

Some time ago we shared a collection of posters showing “How Animals Sound In Different Languages” by James Chapman. Luckily, this young English …

Wickedly Humorous Illustrations Add Clever Twists to Pop Culture

Illustrator Ben Chen's dark sense of humor and love of pop culture result in incredibly imaginative and clever illustrations. Chen, whose work we've previously shared, creates digital artworks that are filled with bold color schemes, cartoonish flair, playful twists, and an often morbid …

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Darth Vader Pinball Machine

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Painting with Plants Found Growing Wild on the Maker Faire Grounds

Artist Ellie Irons is holding a unique painting workshop today at the CUT/PASTE/GROW table at World Maker Faire. What makes her workshop special are the pigments and dyes that her workshop participants are using, they’ve all come from plants that Irons found growing on the World Maker Faire grounds …