What a lot of science in a thin layer of gas.....

Spotted this fascinating article about "how the sky works" http://www.auroranightglow.blogspot.co.uk/

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Moulton Bicycle Company factory tour

I've always been fascinated by Moulton bikes- I love the space frame design. Here's an awesome video of the factory- http://vimeo.com/43557767

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I know it sounds fascinating but do u guys think there is a possibility of a different set of laws that govern the universe.Spells,Witchcraft and Sorcery have been amond us and are also prevalent now.Are any of these true??Is there A scientific explanation??

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What is magnetic force and how does it work? Answered

There are a lot of people out there that find magnetism fascinating but have no clue what it is and how it really works and I'm one of them! 

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Mushroom Lamps!

Fungi are kind of fascinating in general and everyone should be able to appreciate a good lamp. This combination offers both in one awesome place! The home site for the artist is in Japanese but we found it via a blog post on Tokyobling's Blog.  "Someone" should do an Instructable! 

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Inside the mind of Randy Sarafan

Ever wondered what makes HQ staffers tick? Now we know! Get Satisfaction blog (via NOTCOT) have revealed the inner workings of the mind of a Community Manager. Fascinating.  All those pastel shades...

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Water spouts at Bellagios Las Vegas also in Chicago on the pier

We were fascinated by the spouts and I see they are also on youtube. Does anyone know how we could make them to go in our garden? www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO3kfjWh2qM

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Snail Graffiti

Most graffiti writers want to go big, but Slinkachu continues his fascination with the tiny with incredibly small graffiti on snails. Slinkachu has been working on the amazing Little People project and this is a continuation of the miniature exploration. It's all worth checking out. Linkvia Neatorama

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Strange Mutations

Artist FilthyLuker has been making some fantastic installations. These tentacles are over the top and bring to mind some octopus invasion. Meanwhile, the other pics show that just adding a couple of eyes can make any object much more fascinating. FilthyLuker's galleryvia Wooster Collective

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Brendan Walker - Professional Thriller

The Howtoons Blog has linked to a really fascinating interview with Brendan Walker, a man that makes thrill rides for a living. He apparently got his start by discussing home-made fireworks on a job interview with British Aerospace. So, there is hope for some of you yet still!

Topic by randofo 

Looking for an alternative to the Wowwee Rovio

Forgive me if I'm in the wrong forum but this place has so much to see it's mind boggling. Everything here is fascinating. I want to build some type of mobile webcam that I can access from the internet so I can check on my dog when out for a few hours. I was fascinated with the Rovio by WowWee but it looks like it's been discontinued and had an abundance of problems anyway. The size is perfect and I like the three wheels for movement. Does anyone know of an alternative that can be built from the ground up? I saw the internet controlled car on this site but it's a little too small. I want one a little larger around 10" dia. that won't have a problem with carpets. Thanks Richard.

Topic by Richard M Sartori rms59 

How often do you cry?

I'm a pretty emotional person and I am just curious about how much other people cry, or strongly express the emotions they feel. I find the various types of people quite interesting. I think it's fascinating how people deal with their problems and emotions in different ways.

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What to use for making a laser- or otherwise fascinating lightshow come out of an old (big) gramophone horn?

Hi there, I have an old gramophone horn, quite big, which I would like to use as a prop in a show. My initial idea was to have one of those laser-tunnel-effects come out of it (and I would still be interested in doing that) but so far anyone I spoke to said it was pretty much impossible, as it would have to be a wireless prop (so it can be moved around freely onstage) The other option would be to have a laserbeam coming out of both ends, but here the maker of the particular double head laser seemed dodgy and my guess would be that if you buy a laser you want to buy quality in order to not endanger someone. At the moment I am at a loss, so if anyone has an idea what to look for or what to research into I would be very grateful. The criteria for the... light would be: -wireless (battery powered) -somehow interesting effect (a laser pointer would not be enough, unless there is a way of turning it into something more exciting) -small enough to fit snugly into the inside of a gramophone horn (max. 10cm high and 10cm deep, or adaptable to that size) It also wouldn't necessarily have to be a laser, I am interested in any (light)effect that would be visible on a stage. Thank you very, very much for taking the time to read this and if you have any thoughts - I would love to hear them :)

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Has anyone made an electric mousetrap...where the mouse gets electrocuted? ?

 My shop is located in my horse barn and am bombarded with mice.  I saw the electric mouse trap in our local hardware store, and found it fascinating...really a guy's deal.  I am unsure as to the specifics of what is needed from a technical/electrical perspective.  

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Question for the Community

Hi, I've been to this site a few times in the past, but this site stuck in mind for some unknown reason; anyhow, I made this account due to this urging curiosity to know why you make all these strange, fascinating, and completely useless stuff. I don't remember if it was MIT or Stanford but one of them said that inventions should be useful and solve a real problem. Thanks for your comments.

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Patent Files: Method of exercising a cat (5,443,036)

PatentA method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.Discuss!

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What software do they use in The Italian Job to create the 3D renderings of the buildings? Answered

I was watching The Italian Job last night, and was fascinated by the 3D renderings of the buildings. So, my question is, what software do they use to do that? It seems like it just converts the video that they take into measurements and then creates the image. Is this even a real software, or did they just make it up for fun?

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Birthday gift for 16 year son

My son will be 16 next Monday. He has always been fascinated by lights. I thought about getting him the stuff needed to do all those really cool LED projects but they sound pretty complicated. He doesn't have a soldering iron etc. We have normal tools like screwdrivers etc. Any suggestions would be so appreciated. Thanks, Naomi

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Clothing, One of The Oldest Technologies

I was reading an article here http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2011/03/23/funny-and-fascinating-the-importance-of-the-washing-machine/ and it points out that clothing is one of the oldest technologies that is still in use today. Marshall asks a great question, "What will replace clothing made of textiles?" Instructables has done a lot of work on modernizing clothing and I was thinking what treatment would the community here give that question? I think it would be a great competition!

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War of the Worlds of the World

Yes, the title is correct. This site has collected cover art for printings of War of the Worlds from the past 110 years from around the world. It's a fascinating collection of artistic interpretations of H. G. Wells' classic book. Some of the aliens are menacing while others are cute and cuddly or look like a Disney character on acid. One lazy artist even put the USS Enterprise on the cover. WTF? War of the Worlds of the Worldvia Core77

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Need advise on starting screen printing business

Hi Folks, I am fascinated by Screen printing. I know a little bit of it. But I would like to have advise from the experts here for me to start it as a serious business. What is the prospectus of growth in this business? What could be the initial investment (minimum)? What is the minimum no. of man power required? What is the latest technology adopted? etc etc... Could you please advise me on how to go about it in a beginner level? Thanks.

Topic by rajkochi   |  last reply

How Does a Silhouette cameo cutter machine works?

I have seen several videos of Silhouette cutter on YouTube and other sites. I get fascinated by it and have thinking of how can i make one myself. Can anyone please guide me about the basic working principle of this machine? I mean if i pair a CNC machine with a CAD software and just try to draw using a cutting blade instead of a router bit or a pen, would it be enough? many thanks for your answers.

Question by muhammajunaid   |  last reply

Shadowbox Train Scene

So I used to be really into Model Trains. I'm fascinated by miniature scenes. I've been toying with an idea for some time that I need input on. I want to make a scene inside of a shadowbox. I plan on using the N scale/gauge for this. The basic idea is to take a shadowbox about 12" square or so and top-down-view diorama in it. I'd like to incorporate a stream and maybe a small building or something. I'll sacrifice a few box cars and maybe a Loco for this too. Any ideas or input on what to add? or anything else for that matter?

Topic by blivesay   |  last reply

Remotely controller beeping device

I'm a real Noob to this electronics thing (but I find it fascinating..). Anyway, I want to try to build a device that beeps. The duration  of the beep is fixed, but the frequency and pitch should be variable, depending on user input. The whole device should be as small as possible and water proof. I would prefer to be able to control the beep frequency and pitch remotely - perhaps from a mobile phone or from something like a remote controller. The beeping unit should be kept simple as possible. Any ideas on how I can achieve this? Thanks, Yossi

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The Virtual Theremin

Ever since seeing Bill Bailey live a couple of days ago, I was fascinated by the Theremin he used throughout his performance. I did a little googling and found that it's relatively simple to make one, but I didn't want to, I wanted one now! Back to google it was then, and I came across this beauty (link to .exe file).To play the Theremin, you click start, then move your mouse around the grid. The X axis controls note frequency and the Y axis controls volume.I'm now in the process of annoying my parents with it >:]

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Cement cover over paper (mache) sculpture?

Ok, this might sound as a stupid idea, but i was reading about Papercrete today which sounds fascinating and i will have a try on it. But then this other weird idea came up to me.....i want to make something like a giant rock, and i thought perhaps instead of using papercrete, what if i made the whole giant rock with just paper pulp and then cover it up with cement so it could be waterproof ? is that possible? please give me your thoughts

Topic by Ιστορία ΕλληνικούΚ   |  last reply

Making a City Out of Jell-O

Liz Hickok likes to recreate cities out of Jell-O and has been doing it for four years now. She's fascinated by the colors that are possible as well as the fact that it degrades in interesting ways. Watch this video to see how she goes about planning a recreation of the Mission District (woo-hoo!) in San Francisco with Jell-O. This reminds me that I need to get on with my own Jell-O project. I'll definitely be rewatching this video for help in the near future.via Wooster Collective

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Your favorite documentary?

I actually have several.Planet Earth is amazing. We're halfway through it right now. The next episode is about Jungles. :D I also watched one called Living Dolls on youtube last month and it was really fascinating. And the one about Prussian Blue - Nazi Pop Twins.Oh, and Outfoxed, it's about Fox News. I love to hate them. :DOne more: Who Killed the Electric Car? Watch it and try not to get angry. I think that might be impossible. Now I'll stop rambling. I want to learn about new ones. :D

Topic by jessyratfink   |  last reply

Colored Fluorescent

Hi there, My first time posting here, but have been reading the website for a long time. Recently I have been fascinated with lights and light art. I have been a fan of Dan Flavin for awhile and love the way he uses fluorescent lights.  One question I have is, how do I achieve colored fluorescent lights? I have done a bit of research and a few people have suggested cellophane wrapped tubes, but I'm concerned that this might burn / melt, and may look slightly amateur?  Any help would be much appreciated. I have attached a couple of examples below. L

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Research HELP!

Hi everyone! I'm an Industrial Design student at the Rhode Island School of Design and am working on a project investigating DIY/Hacker culture. I'm truly inspired and fascinated with all the people posting on sites like Instructables and would love to learn a little more about the community/culture. Please please please take a few quick minutes to help me answer some survey questions! It's anonymous and I would love any input I can get! Find it here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3RHH2M9 Thank you very much!! :) - Tina P.S. Let me know below if you'd be willing to help me with further questions down the line!

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Can you make a Jacob's Ladder into a speaker? Answered

http://www.amazing1.com/jacobs-ladder.htm#JACKSING10 So Information Unlimited has a Jacob's Ladder that apparently generates not just crackles but high fidelity music or whatever sound you pipe in. It looks fascinating, and I would love to buy a kit, but apparently they only sell the finished version. I wounder if anyone here has the know how to reverse engineer such a thing, or perhaps knows how to make one already. Really, $169 for the completed thing seems reasonable to me.  I have nothing against buying one exactly, I just want to build it.  

Question by justjimAZ   |  last reply

Research HELP!

HELP Please: Hi everyone! I'm an Industrial Design student at the Rhode Island School of Design and am working on a project investigating DIY/Hacker culture. I'm truly inspired and fascinated with all the people posting on sites like Instructables and would love to learn a little more about the community/culture. Please please please take a few quick minutes to help me answer some survey questions! It's anonymous and I would love any input I can get! Find it here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3RHH2M9 Thank you very much!! :) - Tina P.S. Let me know below if you'd be willing to help me with further questions down the line!

Topic by tinashoe   |  last reply

Slimy, disgusting, yet oddly touching (icky video!)

One of the strangest meal-times in the animal kingdom has been caught on film by a BBC crew.The team recorded footage of a female worm-like amphibian, called a caecilian (pronounced "Sicilian"), allowing her young to peel off and eat her skin.The video is a bit odd-putting if you don't like slimy, wormy things, but fascinating nonetheless.The videoThe storyFirst episode of Life in Cold Blood available for UK viewers with Internet Explorer, only available until 11-2-08iPlayer home (again, only available to UK residents)

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Help Fnding and Acquiring a Career

Well, I just turned 18 in March and decided that I should pick what it is that I want for a career. I am fascinated with every building technique that there is whether it is for metal, wood, or electronics (to name a few). I enjoy studying on these skills, and find a great satisfaction when I am building, repairing, or inventing. I want to do all of these things in a career that I will enjoy till the end of my days. The problem is that I am not even sure if there in a name for such a profession, let alone how I would go about acquiring it? If anyone knows anything about the career I am talking about I would greatly appreciate it.

Topic by Sedgewick17   |  last reply

Broken LCD televisions - Is there anything salvageable? Answered

Hi. My 1st time viewiing this site.  You creative folk out there are AMAZING. I'm a grandma who has no technical training but am fascinated with what can be created by the human mind. I have a 32" and a 19" LCD TV. The 32" was water damaged and the 19" fell over on a brunt object .  The picture on the 32 is filled with stripes and blogs.  The 19" has 3/4 of viewing area - unviewable.  Should I save anything or just get rid of them properly? I used to save the old fashioned small appliances and stuff that got broken for my sons to take apart.  Thats too dangerous nowadays.

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3D Printshow | London-Paris-New York

Hey guys, I'm based in London, and I'm also a real newb when it comes to 3D printing tech despite having been fascinated by it for a few years. I'm particularly art-interested, so for me 3D Printing is exciting because of the creative/social potential.  I'm not blessed with the ability to understand the engineering/programming side of the industry, but I'm really into conferences and events where we can talk about the implications. I was wondering if any of you have been to /seen/heard of 3D Printshow - its recently gone global which bodes well for a good event, but I've not seen/heard that much hype and wondered if anyone here knew much. http://3dprintshow.com/ :-) Most-D

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How can someone get started with electronics?

So, this cite is fascinating, but I have some questions on getting started. I know next to nothing about electronics and programming. I got a decent grade in high school physics like 6 years ago, and a few years before that I spent a whopping 5 hours with HTML, if that gives you any indication of my electronics proficiency (and then I majored in English in college). I do feel, however, that I am very good with my hands, and I love building non-technological things. Does anyone have any recommendations for how someone like me might get started? Any books? Any websites? Any very, very basic introductions? Thanks!?

Question by dafarmer1 

An empty city

Via Laughing Squid's Twitter feed, I came across this; Filmmaker Ross Ching created this eerie time-lapse of San Francisco in which all the city’s streets, bridges, and sidewalks are completely empty. The effect was achieved not by shutting down San Francisco’s streets, but by clever digital trickery. San Francisco is my absolute favourite place in the world, and watching this video brought on a weird kind of homesickness - there are streets I walked several times a day, some within a block or two of the apartment we used in August, or only metres from HQ, and watching them without the lively crowds is both fascinating and creepy. Enjoy: Of course, you're a Maker, and you're curious about how the cars and pedestrians were erased from the city... *sigh*

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Is there anyone out there who can teach me to circuit bend, create/re-purpose circuitry, use Arduino?

Recently, I've become fascinated with Instructables involving re-purposing gadgets, gizmos, and gears. I want to learn some basics before I start dismantling my old cell phone or cd player, but I don't know anyone I can ask. And even if I did know someone, I'm not sure I would know WHAT to ask. I'm at the beginning of a machine and motherboard addiction, I can feel it. Do you know any good dealers? _Science on the Side_

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What Happened?

I was fascinated by batch programs at the time. It was about 2 months ago. I was copying the code for ScrewTheLotOfYou's Whack-a-Mole file when something I can't explain happened. After I saved the program as Whack.bat, I opened it up and... It was a Notepad program made with cmd type format. It even had a pointer that followed your mouse around! It was a small rectangle that was the opposite color as the thing you were highlighting. You could Open/Save programs and everything! I checked the code for it, but it was the code for Whack-a-Mole. I was mad a first because I couldn;t play the game, and didn't think much of it. Now, the game works perfectly and I'm mad because I can't get back to the Notepad program!

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SoHa SMART's October 2014 Build Night with DODOcase

Getting down to business with DoDo Case at our recent board meeting where we were graciously given DoDo Case VR glasses by Instructables. http://www.dodocase.com/products/google-cardboard-vr-goggle-toolkit  for a build night!  It was a fascinating way to experience virtual reality on your smartphone and you know what they say; all work and no play...  We also created an Instructable in which one of our board members Ben Finio addresses the issues we though could be made better with the directions. Thank you Instructables team and DoDo Case VR for the great night and we look forward to many more!

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Solar charger in altoids tin for 9v??

Well, if you have seen the altoids solar battery charger, and the altoids 9v usb charger, then you must have thought, "why not put em together???". Now, Im not electronics buff, but I'd be willing to bet that since the 9v charger instructable is so small, that it could be incorperated with the solar panel kit. Now, my question is, would i have to do anything ridiculous to convert the solar charger (which is ment to charge 2 AA batterys) into a 9v usb charger w/solar panel while still being inside an altoids tin. PS: I still don't know why I have this wierd fascination with altoids tin DIYs, but I do...

Topic by altoidsrox 

Steampunk and robots and gears, oh my

Dark Roasted Blend is always full of fascinating shiny wonderful things. Following links there led me back to this older post collecting links to Nemo Gould's art robots, steampunk spiders, gorgeous mechanized beetles, and minature recycled hot-rods. Even if you've seen it before, it's worth revisiting, and Dark Roasted Blend does, as advertised, provide a daily dose of the weird and wonderful. Today's batch also included links to Takeshi Yamada's Museum of World Wonders exhibit, which includes "over 500 post-super-realism and neo-taxidermy artworks simulating the treasures of the cabinet of curiosities" along the lines of an old-school Coney Island sideshow. Enjoy!

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Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium

Underneath their sober lab coats and flannel shirts, scientists hide images of their scientific passions.Writer Carl Zimmer wondered aloud whether many scientists have tattoos that reflect their science or other geeky interests, and the response was an emphatic yes. He's posting the photos and stories of scientific ink up at the Science Tattoo Emporium. Today's is a gorgeous backpiece of the tree of life, belonging to a grad student in zoology at the University of Melbourne.Of course, now I'm curious -- do any of you makers, builders, tinkerers, and crafters have geeky tattoos? If not, what would your tattoo be? Carl Zimmer writes a fascinating science blog called The Loom along with other science journalism.

Topic by reno_dakota   |  last reply

New Start

I think at this point in time of my life, ive lost my ability to create well designed weapons with knex. But Ive always been fascinated by the ball machines, and I would like to pursue further into my knex hobby to make them. But my skill when it comes to this is at rock bottom. I have no experience, and no concept on how to design anything for these. I also need to buy more parts to get started on it and be able to finish it without worrying about missing some parts. I havent gone anywhere guys, just had some time off since I couldnt make anything good. I miss all of you guys, and hopefully, I can get something going and youll see more from me :) -SW-

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How to Behave as an American Soldier in Iraq -- in 1943

Here's an interesting pamphlet authored by the US Government for soldiers going to Iraq during the Second World War. You have been ordered to Iraq (i- RAHK) as part of the world-wide offensive to beat Hitler.You will enter Iraq both as a soldier and as an individual. That is our strength--if we are smart enough to use it. It can be our weakness if we aren't. As a soldier your duties are laid out for you. As an individual, it is what you do on your own that counts--and it may count for a lot more than you think.American success or failure in Iraq may well depend on whether the Iraqis (as the people are called) like American soldiers or not. It may not be quite that simple. But then again it could.Anyone have a copy of the current pamphlet? It would be fascinating to compare them.Thanks Dr_David for the original link here.

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What number are you?

With almost seven billion people alive on the planet, the BBC have produced a fascinating little widget for working out what number person you are.  All you have to do is input your date of birth. As you can see from the chart below, I was the three and a half billionth person on the planet when I was born. The set-up will also tell you how fast your home country's population is growing. What's scarier, though, is the data you get for today (27th October, 2011): as I type, almost 8.5% of all the humans to have ever lived are alive right now.  To put that in perspective, if the human population was stable, and not rising, then all 83 billion of humanity's historical population would have been born in the last 1200 years. 0_o

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

projecting images onto fabric or membrane

I Have a BIG project that I need help on! I have to fill a pavilion with images and other information on the Moon. I have to have this done for a festival and I have less than a month. I want to project images of the moon either static or moving onto loose hanging fabric around the pavilion. I saw a remarkable Cirque de Soleil traveling venue (see photo below) where they projected images on to translucent fabric which allowed the performers behind the projected images to appear to interact with them. This interaction is not necessary for my use but it was fascinating. (I have no idea how they accomplished this or how much that equipment costs) I will be most grateful for any and all suggestions that can help me with this project! Blessings to you all!

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