- DIY alarm clock with a cast “transparent” display
- A quick step on lava: YouTube or GIF. Bonus: Lava vs Coca-Cola.
- Waves and water spouts generated in a circular tank. (via Laughing Squid)
- A panoramic view inside the Eagle lunar lander module
- Chain reaction Hermit Crab House Swap
- “World’s Tiniest” Lego-compatible Light Up Bricks @ kickstarter
- Automatic Hershey Text replacement (in French; translation here.)
- Apple watch: MacOS 7 edition
- Mining internet photos to build time lapse sequences
- Death Star Piñata
- Fixing Computer Space, the 1971 arcade game
- Ethanol-shaped bottle opener @ Shapeways
- Lunar Lava Tubes: Nice place for a moon base!
- Modern alternatives to the HTML <blink> tag.
- Word vs LaTeX: Which is more productive? (It depends, of course.)
- Paper: Source of perytons identified. (“Perytons” being millisecond-duration transients of terrestrial origin.)
- Real Vegan Cheese: A cool project from our friends at Bio-hackerspace Counter Culture Labs.
- A layered-fabric 3D printer for soft objects: Link (pdf)
- Dark matter may feel dark forces.
- Biosphere 2: The planetary makerspace
- Open Source Software for Quantum Information, Developed in partnership with NIST
- APOD: All the nebulas in Orion.
- No, you are not a tetrachromat.
- How to solder without electricity (or a soldering iron). Hint: candles produce heat.
- Automated Pocky Dispenser (via Hackaday)
- Reminder: Don’t plug untrusted USB devices into your computer.
- Power grids with heavy solar: What happens during an eclipse?
- Open source photopolymer resin for Autodesk’s Ember 3D printer.
- Walkthrough of the Apple Watch making-of videos @ Atomic Delights
- Original Moog Schematics
- The most expensive part of farmed salmon: Pink coloration pills.
- Agricultural water usage per pound of food in California: How many gallons of water does it take to make a pound of almonds?
- Arithmographe, a ca. 1900 French mechanical calculator (via John Overholt)
- Vintage TV to Bookshelf conversion by John Edgar Park
- Was Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ inspired by a scientific drawing?
- Download and (3D) print: New Horizons Spacecraft. “My other vehicle is on its way to Pluto”
- Watch magnets make an apple disappear
- Open Source Syringe Pump: an excellent example of documenting a hardware/software project.
- The journey of the Mars Curiosity rover, in photos, from orbit.
- Ittyblocks @ shapeways: Tiny 3D printed city blocks
- Mystery plumes on the surface of Mars
- A list of Single-line fonts at imajeenyus
- A brand-new 1950s kitchen, preserved to perfection.
Carlyn Maw’s How to Pick a DIY Electronics Project is so much more than that! It is an excellent tool for planning for just about any project. It covers thinking about project scope, tools, skills, parts and more.
Many of the questions are phrased for electronics, but most of them are applicable no matter what project you’re thinking about. And even if you have already picked a project, you can use the questions as guidelines for ways forward and to illuminate possible stumbling blocks.
We often get asked about what project to pick, and I’m glad to have this thoughtful tool to share.
- Asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass close to earth on January 26. With a dark sky and a 4-inch telescope, you can watch it go by. This video will show you how.
- Make your own upside-down bat house
- Maillardet’s Automaton
- Hershey Fonts for gEDA
- Surface area of a sphere: Proof by clementine
- Escher-inspired cutting board
- Laser marking steel with plaster and alcohol
- This discrete-logic digital clock is a work of art
- From Gongkai to Open Source (Bunnie Studios)
- Laser-cut mint-tin watercolor palettes
- Gold embrittlement is a thing: Hazards of soldering with gold+tin+lead
- The Lyrebird goes “Pew Pew Pew” via Laughing Squid
- Digital Joints Poster by Meredith Scheff-King
- Another take on single stroke fonts in Inkscape, from RasterWeb
- Katz & Maus: Charming Hand-driven wooden automata, with free plans
- 3D printed horology
- Lego Great Ball Contraption (Youtube, 2013)— one of the finest examples ever made. See also the new invisible lift module, which will likely appear in a future contraption.
- Edible hot glue: Could you just use regular candy canes as glue sticks?
- Retro Computing Gift Guide
- Maps Of Street Layouts Colored By Orientation (via jwz)
- Yes We Can. But Should We? The unintended consequences of the maker movement
- Black hole physics and Interstellar
- Comic: Robot that Screams. Available as a print here.
- OpenTrons: Open-Source Rapid Prototyping for Biology
- It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal
- Mechanical CPU Clock — Inspired by the Digi-Comp II
- An honest look at Ampy and Juse @ Dropkicker, motion and solar energy harvesting phone chargers.
- Basics of Prototyping with cardboard
- Video: How paperclips are made. German language, but so cool it doesn’t need words.
- A partial solar eclipse on Thursday October 23 (today), visible from most of North America.
- October 23 is also Mole Day. (10^23)
- Utah Teapots in the Sky
- Generative 3d Printing with Processing
- The Bezier Game
- Things that coincidentally happen to look like cellular automata: tiny mushrooms
- Sculptural electronics
- Peppytides: a 3D printed molecular peptite construction set, where you can build your own proteins!
- avremu: An AVR Emulator written in pure LaTeX. (FAQ includes “Are you insane?”)
- How the carrot became orange
- Computational design of mechanical automata
- Hoverboard patent
- Bad precedent: FTDI, makers of USB-serial interface ICs, have updated their drivers to brick counterfeit devices.
For Lady Ada Lovelace Day, we would like to celebrate some of the women working in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics that we got to meet and spend time with at Maker Faire New York this year.
Our friend AnnMarie Thomas had just released her book Making Makers, and was speaking several times during the faire, including hosting the Making Makers panel I participated in, as well as assisting her daughters, Sage and Grace, in presenting a Squishy Circuits workshop.
Patricia Miranda of Alchemical Tech was there again this year teaching dye-making. I reluctantly declined her offer to get my hands dirty.
Jenine Bressner, who has been sharing her glassworking and laser textile projects at Maker Faire for years, was there as an attendee, finally getting a well-deserved chance to see the faire.
Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab was displaying her beautiful astronomical quilts.
Peggy Monahan of NYSci was helping run a costume design workshop with low cost, easy to use materials like plastic tablecloths, butcher paper and snow-cone cups. Many people bedecked with dinosaur spikes and other fanciful accessories could be seen roaming the faire.
Representing Othermachine and demonstrating the Othermill was their project and support engineer, our friend Simone Davalos.
Rachel Meyer, Selena Ahmed, and Ashley Duval of Shoots & Roots Bitters are three scientists who care about culturally important plants, and bring their stories to people through their uniquely blended bitters.
Toward the end of the faire, we ran into Limor Fried of Adafruit. It was great to catch up with her and hear about the great strides her electronics business has been making.
There were many more women there showing amazing projects. If I left out someone you want to celebrate, please feel free to share about them in the comments.