We’ve just finished a major update to our store, giving it a much needed facelift and now much more mobile friendly. Woo!
We have a book coming out!
Coming soon: The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory is a new, updated version of Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory, the classic 1960’s hands-on science book by Raymond E. Barrett.
The book is scheduled to make its debut at Maker Faire next week, where I’ll be speaking about it. It’s also available for pre-order now from Amazon.com and other sellers of books, as well as from our store.
We’ll be writing much more about the book once it’s out— about what’s in the book, the process of updating and annotating it, and about the hundreds of project ideas spanning biology, geology, chemistry, physics and more.
However, since we’re already in teaser mode, here are some photos of the original version from the 1960’s:
Fine print: “You can build these and many other experimental items with materials from your home, garage, or local hardware store. Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory will show you how!”
My panelists include long-time Maker Faire stars:
- Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of EepyBird
- Jeri Ellsworth of Technical Illusions
- Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing
- Super Awesome Sylvia
- Jim Newton of Techshop
This year’s program guide (pdf) with event highlights is now available for download. For fun and to get in the spirit of my panel, check out Make’s post about the program guide from the very first Maker Faire!
To design it I started from the Evil Mad Scientist’s CNC Workstation Cart redrawing to adapted it to our necessity as an horizontal PC, cables space inside, and last but not least without any screw or glue.
She posts about her design process, including prototyping using a laser cutter to make a scale model. It looks great—we especially like the cutout drawer handle design.
- 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.
Each time the program is run, an initial population is created with 50 individual designs — each with random values assigned to the eight parameters. You then rate each individual design before evolving the next generation. The algorithm chooses individuals to carry on to the next generations (highly rated designs are more likely to be carried forward, but low rated designs may still be used).
Each of the eggs in the photo above was printed from the same program with waves evolved from random seeds.
Last fall we wrote about NanoBeam, a new super-miniature open source aluminum T-slot profile construction set that was on Kickstarter at the time. While comparable in design to industrial profile systems like 80/20, its cross section of just 5 mm × 5 mm is comparable to a stud on a lego brick.
We recently got our
tweezers hands on a ‘beam, and yes, it’s real, yes, it works, and yes, it’s that tiny. And just wait until you see the fasteners.
Look what just arrived in the mail– Blinky AVR Earrings!
Four blue LEDs blink in sequence, powered by a CR1220 battery. The board is traditional OSHPark purple, with an ISP header for convenient reprogramming. They’re lighter than they look and quite comfortable.
Thank you, Rick! I know what I’ll be wearing to Maker Faire!
Congratulations to our friend RobotGrrl, who took home a gold medal in the Best of Show category.
From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog post, An Egg-straordinary Day of Science and Technology:
Interacting with EggBot, an art robot that can paint very intricate and precise designs on eggs. EggBot taught students about digital design, computer numerically controlled machines and robotics. This was also a fun way to celebrate National Robotics Week!