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More Powerful Raspberry Pi 2 Will Run Windows 10

Microsoft's giving away its OS for free to interested makers<p>Pretty soon, all of your things will have Internet: your car, your refrigerator, perhaps even your desk. That proposition is getting even easier with a pair of announcements from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Microsoft that encourage the …

Could Analyzing How Humans Think Make Better Video Games?

Trying to get more players to that unique state of gaming nirvana<p>Recently, on a cold, solitary evening, I decided to reprise one of my teenage pastimes: I played Super Mario 64. At first it was a little different than I remembered—the picture grainier, the music tinnier, my computer keyboard …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

A Life-Size LEGO Car You Can Actually Drive

We call shotgun.<p>The Super Awesome Micro Project, a full-size car made of 500,000 LEGOs, sprung from an unlikely partnership between Romanian tinkerer Raul Oaida and Australian investor Steve Sammartino. The two met over Skype in 2012, and since then, Sammartino has helped Oaida raise money for his …

Turn A Tea Bag Into A Lantern

A burning lantern (and rocket) made from paper tea bags<p>Every plain, paper tea bag conceals an exciting crash course in lift. In a six-second video on Vine, user “oh so tracy” empties a tea bag, folds it into a tube, and lights it on fire. After the bag burns down, the remains of the still-flaming …

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

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How I Used a Paint Can to Forge a Rugged Knife [Video]

Hackett relies on his ingenuity to turn spring steel into an edged blade.<p>Before bows and arrows, language, and even vertical foreheads, some of our ancestors survived by industriously chipping rocks into sharp tools. Today we take metal knives for granted, yet few are made to survive a world …

Can We Hack Our Vision To See Infrared With The Naked Eye?

A team of biohackers is attempting to modify the human sensory spectrum.<p>“Can you imagine a color you’ve never seen?” Jeffrey Tibbetts asks, looking directly into the Skype camera. We would like to think that we can, of course, that our imaginations are limitless. But the answer, no matter how much …

The Rise Of Open Source Hardware

Hardware has always lagged behind software in the open source movement. But one website is beginning to change that.<p>Emile Petrone founded Tindie for selfish reasons. “The basic idea was that there wasn’t a marketplace for the things I was interested in,” he says. At the time, those things were his …

Turn A Shoe Box Into A Phone Projector [Video]

Buy some new crocs, gain a mini movie theater.<p>Don’t watch that YouTube clip on a tiny screen—project it onto the wall instead! The picture may not be movie-theater quality, but it improves if the phone is very bright and the room is very dark.<p>Time: 20 minutes<p>Cost: $2<p>Difficulty: Easy<p>Materials<p>• Shoe …

DIY Electrified Outfits Light Up The Ballet

Hello, high-tech tutus<p>As a dancer, Lynn Parkerson performed in traditional productions of <i>The Nutcracker</i>. Now the founding artistic director of Brooklyn Ballet is adding technology to the classic holiday show, with help from Brooklyn-based hacker collective NYC Resistor. Network engineer Nick …

Conquer Cold With DIY Hand Warmers

Keeping warm with chemistry<p>Cold weather makes for cold hands—unless, of course, you have a hand warmer. Don’t waste money on those cheap disposable ones. Instead, use kitchen chemistry to make your own reusable versions.<p>When vinegar and baking soda react, they form a compound called sodium acetate. …

How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

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How To Build A Roman Catapult In Your Backyard

How to Build a Catapult in an Afternoon<p>Long before the invention of gunpowder, ancient armies used siege engines to hurl all sorts of terrible, yet creative, missiles. The Carthaginians put poisonous snakes in clay jars and then launched them at enemy ships. The Romans preferred to throw bags of …