Maurie Novak

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How to Make Your Own Barn Wood

It’s easy to do, looks authentic and saves 
you a fortune!<p>There are a few essential tools for this project. The first is an angle grinder. It doesn’t …

Woodworking

I went from sedentary academic to 100-mile marathon runner—thanks to the science of self-control

Most people have days they’ll never forget. For me, that day is April 26, 2011.<p>It was my first time appearing on National Public Radio. As part of the program <i>All Things Considered</i>, host Michele Norris interviewed me about my research that suggested increasing narcissism in pop music lyrics. Michele …

Self Control

Sharpen and care for your kitchen knives

If you bought a nice knife for your kitchen, congrats! You took the first step toward making cooking easier and more enjoyable. But, don't stop there -- a good knife deserves careful maintenance, like sharpening and honing.<p>After a few weeks of use, new knives will become dull, forcing you to apply …

Knives

Resource for Designers: Here's How to Get Instant Quotes for On-Demand Manufacturing

With the merger of Xometry and MakeTime, making things in America is about to get a lot easier<p>"The ease of being able to upload a part," says Josh …

Manufacturing

Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Computer scientists have been searching for years for a type of problem that a quantum computer can solve but that any possible future classical …

Quantum Computing

Opinion: We’re on the cusp of the third digital revolution, and here’s how not to be left behind

Over the past 50 years, two digital revolutions — in communication and computation — have created unprecedented wealth and transformed how we live, …

Fabrication

Stunning Art Jewelry by Picasso and Calder Go to Dubai

Works from Picasso and Calder are among the designs at Custot Gallery’s new exhibit.<p>A new exhibition at Custot Gallery in Dubai called <i>Art and Jewelry</i> …

How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Got any serious bad habits? The extra-strength ones with the FDA warning. The kind you really beat yourself up about — but still engage in all the …

Drew Struzan's Iconic Back to the Future Poster Just Got an Upgrade

When you think of <i>Back to the Future</i>, odds are Drew Struzan’s instantly recognizable poster is part of the memory. It’s a striking, beautiful image …

Sofia Bonati's amazing ladies – in pictures

For the past couple of years, Sofia Bonati has been drawing intricate portraits of women against a backdrop of mazes and floral patterns. A self-taught artist from Argentina, now based in the UK, Bonati uses pencils, watercolours, inks, gouache and markers to portray “the intricacy of the female …

Gustav Klimt

This is how a molten salt nuclear reactor works

Keepin' it radioactive.<p>Radioactive elements produce heat as they decay. Nuclear plants draw power from this process, and typically ­stabilize the temperature with water. But during a power outage, H2O—which needs pumps to flow—can’t always prevent meltdowns. Molten salt reactors, which instead …

Energy

This Company Will Design Your House For Less Than The Price Of Your Phone

Cover, a technology startup in Los Angeles, is bringing the design, engineering, and manufacturing of prefabs into the 21st century.<p>When Alexis Rivas was working for a high-end residential architecture firm in Toronto, he marveled at what big budgets–think between $40 and $100 million per …

I Found the World's Coolest Nightlight For My Son

I knew it was inevitable, but it arrived one night without warning: My two-year-old son woke up crying, suddenly afraid of the dark.<p>As a tech …

Hundreds of Vintage Posters Are Now Available to Download and Print 100% Free

Soviet propaganda, old liqueurs, and advertisements for 60s airlines— start your printers!<p>If the posters of today still had the look of those of yesteryear, would they still get tagged and trolled as often? Much work today, it seems, lacks the graphic audacity of yore, opting instead for forms and …

How to Stop Destroying Your Clothes in the Wash

Theoretically, it’s better to spend more on quality, but that’s only true if the quality item lasts. I used to have a bad habit of tossing my clothes …

Cleaning

Spatial Oddities: 7 Residential Experimentations in Clustered Living

Throughout much of the 20th century, residential architecture witnessed the excessive subdivision of rooms flourish. Now somewhat passé, modern homes are more frequently marked by cascading and borderless rooms with seamless transitions between the kitchen and other living areas. Previous functions …

Mecanoo & Ayesa’s Palace of Justice Nears Completion in Córdoba

<b>C</b>Back in 2006, the team of Mecanoo and Ayesa placed first in an international competition with its winning proposal for a perforated courthouse in …

How to Make No-Sew Curtains

Grommets<p>slipped over wall hooks, produce a simple, crisp window treatment.<p>Pretty metal clips<p>Clips like these from Liz's Antique Hardware in Los …

These Podcasts Will Make Your Next Long Run Fly By

Anyone else save their podcasts for their long runs or the runs that you know are going to be super tough? Personally I love listening to <i>This</i> …

Inspiring Treehouse Scape in Dorset

Do you like the idea of a treehouse? Did you want one as a kid but never got it? No worries. The architects from BEaM designed an amazing treehouse …

Treehouses

This tiny home was 3D-printed in 24 hours

And it cost just over $10,000<p>At this point, a house (or a five-story building) made of 3D-printed parts is no longer a shocking sight. However, a new project in Russia takes the instant gratification of a 3D-printed structure one step further by getting all the printing done right on site.<p>Completed …

How to Epoxy Voids in Wood, Make Your Own Kitchen Knife, Pour a Concrete Coffee Table and More

Part 1 of this week's Makers Roundup<p><b>Kitchen Knife</b><p>Jimmy DiResta needs a new kitchen knife. He could go buy one, or he could make one—from scratch. The …

Woodworking

Iconic La Muralla Roja captured in stunning new photos

Never not mesmerizing<p>Designed in 1968 by the architect Richard Bofill, La Muralla Roja—the Red Wall—is a masterpiece that can never be photographed enough and Estonia-based lensman Andrés Gallardo Albajar is the latest to share its vibrant beauty.<p>Located in the La Manzanera development in Calpe, …

Saturn's rings could contain millions of 'moonlets', new Nasa images reveal

Images from the Cassini spacecraft are most detailed ever taken, and include previously unseen features within the rings<p>Nasa has released spectacular images of Saturn’s rings, revealing that the rings may be home to millions of orbiting “moonlets”.<p>The images from the Cassini spacecraft resolve …

Take flight over Australia: aerial photos by Scott McCook

<i>Originally a tailing pond image, I have created a fictional piece of work to convey a story about Australia riding the mining boom, Boddington</i> …

The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person

“The creative person has the courage to experience opposites of his nature and to attempt some reconciliation of them in an individuated expression of himself.”<p><i>“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating,”</i> John Cleese proclaimed in his widely beloved 1991 lecture on the five factors of …

Creativity

How to Shoot Street Portraits With Permission

If there is one genre of street photography I specialize in, it is street portraiture. I love talking with my subjects, engaging with them, and …

Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we'll do ours. We'll tell you how to fill those …

The Blade Table by Alexander Purcell Rodrigues & Mykon

Alexander Purcell Rodrigues and Mykon joined forces on the first product of its kind in the form of The Blade Table. The table utilizes Mykon’s …