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COOL THINGS

HI, I'm looking for cool science things to make EG: wind turbine that produces electricity.

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Practical Things

Has anyone made any practical things out of K'nex?

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USB thing?

Is there a way to make a USB thing that lights up a led (<-- That's the easy part) and tells the computer that the USB port works?

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Breadboard things? Answered

I have this really old microcomputer thing (ET-3400), my dad found it at work a few months ago and gave it to me. I never figured out how to work it. But that's not what I'm after: It's got these temporary connector things on it, like a breadboard thing with four holes. I don't know what it's called, but I put a box around them in the picture. My question is is there a place I can buy some of these? A website or something? And what the hell do I call them? Thanks in advance.

Question by mrmerino    |  last reply


What is this thing?

Newbie here. I found this thing at my local thrift shop. I have no idea what this thing is. It looks like a water purifier, water distiller, or an ionizer but I don't know. There are no brand names on it, except a meyco grommet and a voss band clamp. It has two lights that go in the stainless steel globe that is attached to the main pot. There is a connector that attaches to a faucet. It is very strange. If anyone has any information, it would really be helpful. Thanks. Joshua

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Three things

If you were to be stuck in the wilderness, and needed to survive, what three things would you want to have? No cars, phones, complete survival kits, etc. those just make it less fun. Only put single, survival type things in your list..you should be able to tell if it's "cheating" or not. If you choose food, don't be outrageous in it...an energy bar, not a case of them from costco. Guns can count, but bullets are separate...maybe ten bullets if you choose to have them as one of your three things.Mine:knifeflintWater bottleAlso, what "Creature Comfort" would you want? This can be something like a book, harmonica, stuffed animal, etc. Pets are allowed, as long as it's not your hunting dog, or your giraffe who gathers coconuts for you.Mine is my dog, Buck. =]Have fun, and be creative!

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What is this thing?

I picked this up for 5 bucks at a garage sale. It looks like an old phone device but the part you would speak and listen into is missing. The one label that it has is too damaged for me to read it. Any ideas on what this is?

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What is this thing?

I can't even tell what it's made of. It's black, it has a cherry blossom bough embossed on it, and it smells like incense. I've had it for years but don't remember where it came from. I hope it's not illegal, because now you've seen it. It has a little paper wrapper. Any ideas?

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What is that thing ?

Hello ! So, here is a series of pictures that my brother took about two weeks ago (2007/08/29, at 23:00 french local time). He was going to sleep in his van when he saw a weird blinking/moving light at the horizon. He put his digitalcamera (Fujifilm Finepix S5600) on his tripod, quickly configured it, extended the zoom to the maximum (optical + digital zoom) and took two series of photos with the burst mode. Then, he tried to quickly reconfigure his camera and to take one more manualy. Facts : His tripod seems quite stable : stars don't move from a picture to an other. As we can see thanks to the last picture (a photo of an other part of the sky took with the same parameters), the stars of the two series seems not to be "dead" pixels of the CCD sensor. Known parameters : ISO 400 shutter speed : 1/2.5s. He says he doesn't know what it is. With my other brother, we tried to find an explanation, but so far, we failed. What do you think about this "UFO" ??

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What can I do with 49 47uF Capacitors?

I needed a 47uF 35v capacitor for a project and ened up buying 50 of them for like a dollar. I don't know what to do with them.

Topic by Clayton H.    |  last reply


cool google thing

Linkif you type in "google easter egg", and click "i'm feeling lucky", you will find a cool mini-game.link

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thing-a-day 2011 - who's going to do it?

Http://thing-a-day.com/ Of course, you don't have to do it officially... but I signed up today and I would like to see the instructables community try their hand at it! I've already got a list of projects to work on, and I asked off for quite a bit of time in February. I'm pretty excited! :D

Topic by jessyratfink    |  last reply


anybody know how to build a whamola?

This thing

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Want to know my favorite?

Ok, well, if this is deemed as spam, feel free to remove it. If anyone has made it over to my personal page, then you know I have a small list of my favorite things. I'm asking you to ask me what my favorite here. Give me a topic, like pizza topping, not a choice, like ketchup or mustard. Thanks!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


what is this? identify my tool!? Answered

I had this for years, anybody got a clue what it is? most amusing answer gets a patch:-)

Question by crazyg    |  last reply


Contest suggestion

How about we have a contest to make the worlds most useful thing? The rules could be: 1. Solid shapes only, no hinges or moving part e.g. pen knives can't be submitted. 2. Using only commercialy available materials and tools. Nothing to specialised. 3. As many possible uses should be listed preferably. 4. No existing products can be modified or coped off. Originality please! just a suggestion XD

Topic by lewis68  


Pen-shooting things

I can't think of a better topic to inaugurate the (occasionally dangerrous) Things You Can (but probably shouldn't) Make At School group than the topic of things that shoot (or fling) pens, like the thing that I made that is in the picture.

Topic by NumberX    |  last reply


random things group,

This is not a group of random generators, but of random ideas and instructables.

Topic by fredricksburgthethird    |  last reply


What is with this thing on 4chan?

There's a ->F**K<- (censored) (there's unicode arrows on the real page, but they dont work here) thing in small, red, bold, italics text at the top of the page. what's that?

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How to build things? Answered

I am 15 and want to be able to build things like the stuff on instructables, but i don't know how. I don't know anything about electronics. I'm completely new to this. Yes i am a guy.

Question by VinceJDJ    |  last reply


ideas of things to post

Hello there! its been a while since ive been on this site and im looking for things to post, so i decided to make a forum where if you want me to make/post stuff you can leave your idea in the description area below, NOTE: i would most likely only do things involving knex, legos, or basic instructions via text and pictures

Topic by mr. 707  


The Worst thing ever!

This is horrible! everyone is going to vote for their own! That is a big problem!. (I know the pic is random)

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More things steampunkable

I have an old electric stapler slide that i will find a home for in a steampunk rifle as the projectile slide, Thoughts on this coolness?

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More things unknown

I have some equptment that a friend gave to me and after a consult with google, I cant find any info on them online.

Topic by The Ideanator    |  last reply


How to wire this thing?

Hey Guys, Recently I bought a toy taser. After opening it and carefully observing it i accidentaly broke some of the connections. Can any one guide me on how to wire this capacitor/toroid or whatever this thing is? And will supplying 9v instead of 6v make the output higher?

Question by SA-DIY    |  last reply


Makeing things at school

I opened this to get some ideas for things to help pass time in school and make it more fun and exciting. I any kids or adults that know of anything I can make in school with basic materials such as. Pens,pencils,tape(scotch),string,pencil springs,ets. Please give us bored kids something to do in class.

Topic by timekiller    |  last reply


Selling Things at School

So my school is having a fair, where we can sell anything we want. Any ideas? It needs to be able to be sold from 5-10 dollars.

Topic by Batryn    |  last reply


Things to do with ice? Answered

I live in a place where the temperature climbs over 95 degrees a day.  So I was wondering if anybody has any ideas of stuff that I can make with ice.  Thanks!

Question by Goalie1    |  last reply


All things transformers.

Anything how to wire them, what a centertap does how to wire a auto tranformer, different types below is a five pin transformer from plasmana's worlds smallest shocker

Topic by miiwii3  


All Things Cornhole

Interested in talking about the most popular outdoor/tailgating game, CORNHOLE?  You have come to the right place.  We will share all things corn hole related.  How to make the Corn hole game, corn hole events, corn hole rules, designs, building tips and techniques, corn hole game strategies, etc.  "Now That You Know All About Corn Hole, Hush Your Mouth And Toss That Bag In The Hole!!!"

Topic by wakejt3  


Jobs to make things?

Im 15 and looking will be looking for a job for the winter, i want to go somewhere that makes stuff but im not sure where to go... i also want to get skills out of the job... i want to be making stuff not going to peoples houses and mending things.. i live in quite a small town so my options are limited... i love the idea of restoration but there's nothing near me, maybe like blacksmith or wood carvings?

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Cool Switch thing

My dad recently pulled a switch out from somewhere, and it looked cool, so I kept it. As far as I can tell it still works, and I believe it is Double pole double throw or something like that. I don't have any idea what to do with it though. D: Any ideas?

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Tired of this thing in the chatroom

Why do I keep having this error! I haven't been in the chat room myself for a while now Apparently others can still get on I know there really isn't much instructables can do I checked meebo and nothing the closest is that the group is made private and I know that's not true

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I have this thing? Answered

I have this thing. I got it from a bag of  obsolete parts where my dad works. It's a component, with a black plastic body. It's about 24 mm wide and 19 mm long. It has five leads, two coming out of the right and three coming out of the  left. The text on it is as follows: AMF POTTER & BRUMFIELD 109P471 JRE-4011 MADE IN U.S.A.               (Out here it has a symbol like "SA" inside the letter C) 02-07-75 The last one is obviously a date, it was made in the seventies. AMF used to make all kinds of things in the 60's and 70's apparently, so this must just be one of their products. My dad and I think it's a relay, but I've Googled it to no avail. Are there any old-time electronics nuts who can help me out here? Thanks a lot.

Question by mrmerino    |  last reply


Weird Capacitor thing? Answered

I have this capacitor looking metal can, but when my dad was in Russia, the seller said it was not a capacitor, but something else. It has markings on it that say 5.5V and 1.0F. I put some Pics on as well. The seller said it was used in answering machines to save messages, sorta like a CR2032 battery in computers. I want to know if it can be used in a pocket torch, like a rechargeable capacitor, etc. Help!

Question by Colonel88    |  last reply


help me with this thing

Hello, I allready have the budget to make ahuge robot. You see, i am interested in making a huge bipedal robot. This robot would be similar to the robot usedin The recent movie avatar. Alli need is some help. - can i run 12 wheel chair motors with batteries ? - can i charge the batteries at the same time while they are in use ? - can i use a small engine to charge the batteries? - what are the other alternatives for movements ? - can some one help me with the design ?

Topic by arylic    |  last reply


New Things to Mod

Now there is an instructable on how to do this. Here it is.Well, I was thinking that there's always something to mod. There's always a new craze, like flash drives, camera lenses, anything. But I'm pretty sure this is new: custom matchbox cars. The ones below are a few examples. You can spray paint them and then do touch-ups with acrylics. For more advanced modders, you could try to integrate shocks and stuff. I will post an instructable on this if you want.I think that modding is a necessary part of instructables and we always need more ideas.

Topic by ultrauber    |  last reply


What are these two things for? Answered

They are pieces of a video player from a DIY store (you know the little tv thingies playing commercials 24/7) I got when they moved part of the store out. I want to make a dvd player out of it to hang in my dorm but I have a problem (well not a really big one but still). The dvd player has a side way hatch where you can plug an SD card and/or usb drive into. When you do that and the USB or SD contains a movie the player immediatly starts playing the movie when you plug it in. But when you don't put in an SD card or USB drive you get a start menu with: photo camera (just an icon of a photo camera nothing stating camera), music, photo + music, movie, setup, calendar, clock, alarm, auto-power, edit, favorite But I can't select anything in this menu because I don't see any buttons! Also this is not a touch screen (I checked) So my question is, what are these things for, if they are the buttons how do they work and if not where would the buttons be?

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Things to do on deployment

Hi there, I'm in the Navy and I'm apparently going on deployment in about three weeks. (I just got to my first duty station, I'm an E-2 with no idea what's going on.) From what I hear, I'll have plenty of free time. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, I have plenty of free time right now. Random details: *There's a hobby shop on my base. *I can't really do a big project at the moment (I'm living in a barracks until I get to my ship. Then I really won't have any room.) *I left my Dremel at home. ;P

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The Internet is a Big Thing.

Really.Really. Big.So I was bored. So bored, in fact, that I decided to Google myself. I clicked the text box of my Google search bar and typed in Labot2001. Just to see what comes up, what web sites I've forgotten about, who spies on me, etc. It wasn't until I Googled myself that I realized how big the Internet actually was.For example, my mousetrap car showed up on MAKE. And about 50 million other places. Same with a handful of my other ibles. It's weird to think that the Internet just loops around, through, and under itself a million times. Sometimes without even realizing it.So try it. Google yourself. Share what you find.

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Game test thing

@echo off :menu cls echo Welcome to Martin's Zombie Survival Test! echo Are you ready to begin? echo 1) Yes! echo 2) No! set /p letter= if %letter% == 1 close if %letter% == 2 close cls :startgame echo Question 1. echo A flu has just infeccted your city and it was turning people into zombies, what would you do to stop yourself from being infected? echo 1) Hide in your cupboard echo 2) Get a injection from the doctor echo 3) or start to research your own cure in your private lab set /p letter= if %letter% == 1 goto menu if %letter% == 2 goto menu if %letter% == 3 goto lvl2 :lvl2 cls echo Question 2. echo You are mixing chemicals together when all of a sudden a zombie breaks into your lab, what would you do? echo 1) Throw the chemicals over it. echo 2) Pull out your gun and shoot it echo 3) or stab it with your scalpel set /p letter= if %letter% == 1 goto menu if %letter% == 2 goto menu if %letter% == 3 goto lvl3 :lvl3 cls

Topic by JMTS  


Things That Annoy Me

1)Walk as slow as you can in front of me 2)Stand in the middle of a hallway with your friends talking 3)Stand in the middle of a door yelling at person for being in your way 4)Asking me a stoopid question (Is a penny a solid? No it's a liquid. That's with a "U") 5)Asking me which book I am reading. (Move two inches and read the side) 6) Being a girl and telling me to cut my hair because it is long 7)Being a boy and asking why I have long hair/telling me to cut my hair because it is long(Why do you have short hair?/Stop being a genderist((I know, that's not the correct term)) 8)Calling me Dominique on purpose(I understand if it's an accident) 9)"Singing" a rap song near me 10)Drumming with your pencil 11)Saying Dawg, Wassup, the N word, Tight(as slang) straight up, The B word et ectera 12)Calling me stoopid because I don't know the answer to a stupid example(Sorry, no example) 13) Talking in a fake ghetto accent(I'm dead serious, I know a kid like this) 14)Laughing at the most unfunny things(someone making an unconvincing animal sound, and you laughing like crazy) 15)Speaking in an other language right in front of me, while looking at me. (That, or I'm paranoid) 16)When a teacher is splitting the class into a boys and girls, when the teacher say girl, everyone looks at me and tells me to go with them.(In Sixth grade) 17)Suspecting me to know the answer to a question we haven't been told the answer yet.(Okay, open your books. "Dominic? Which page?") 18)People getting mad at me because I cut them off in the hallway because they're walking three miles an hour. 19)People who say all rock in people screaming in a microphone(And rap is grown adults Rhyming. "Cat hat dawg." You're a rapper! 20)People who act like they're something they're not(Can't get too specific without getting people mad) 21)School rules.(Apparently, if I tap a friends shoulder, that means I'm harassing them.) 22)The fact I have to put my hair in a pony tail when we're doing experiments in Science(Oh No! I may get a drop a dye in my hair! But who cares about my exposed skin?) 23)People who hate the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana because they're "Rock" (They're not) 24)This one girl in my Art class because I didn't know what a ribbon that looked like a puzzle meant. (She thought it was for breast cancer. I knew it wasn't. It wasn't. I'm still the idiot. To this day, she's still the "All knowing queen of the galaxy.") ((I made that up to annoy her.)) 25)People who say I have no life because I'm inside more than in when it isn't Baseball season. 26)people who assume I'm goth or emo because I'm a boy with long hair, not the tannest person, spend time inside, likes Dexter( a serial killer), wears jeans all year long, isn't the nicest person, and wear black, or dark clothes(A lot of people) 27)My friend claiming all pasta is served, or should be served cold. (Yum.) 28)The fact I like three girls, don't know which one I like, and don't know if they like me.(Please don't tell me just to tell them how I feel) 29)The fact this one girl thinks all men don't talk about there feelings 30)Girls asking me if they can do me hair and make-up(No.) 31)I need permission to wear makeup on Halloween 32)8th and 9th graders who think they're better then me because I'm in 7th grade 33)People who think I'm stupid it because I went to Beginner garden 34)School dances.(I can only slow dance, only like the slow dance, and it will look weird if I slow dance with someone to a fast song) ((How manly. lol)) 35) People who think I have no emotions because I don't laugh at stoopid stuff 36)Waking up at around 6:30 so I can take a shower in the morning. 37)My dad hating my long hair(Trust me, it's ironic) 38) The fact that I, emphasis on the I can't reply to comments. 39)People being overall stupid 40)Science class 41)People who use improper grammar and spelling(I don't my sentences aren't ending in periods) 42)The fact that I feel like I'm surrounded by idiots at my school, and smart people are an endangered species.(Thanks you Instructables for letting me be by some smart people) 43)Girls who say the word like way to much. 44)The fact that I don't how high my vocabulary is (we had to stop at a 21 year old due to the time.) ((I admit, I had to guess for some of them)) 45)People who hate people just because you're you, or because of the way you sound on a microphone (Dead serious. That dude was B) 46)The fact our economy sucks. 47)Having to play the same three songs in band everyday. (Really, it's five, not counting the scales. Counting the scales, it's seven) 48)Posers 49)People who assume the worst of people, and judge a book by it's cover. (When you're not annoying me, I am very nice, even with my long hair, black shirt, and my pants in the summer) 50)People who don't know what they're talking about. 51)People who claim they're better then you because of one aspect of their life. 52)The fact I don't have enough time to read my book in school(Darkly Dreaming Dexter) 53)People who are self centered(Not a real example but...) (("My dog died today..." "Do you think I should get a bigger mirror so I can see more of my beautiful face?)) 54)When the teacher purposely picks a slow reader to read. (I understand they can't read, but don't waste everyone else time 55)People blocking my view. ("Oh my god! She's pulling paper from over a cup!") 56)People playing with my hair. (I swear to god, this dude was playing with my hair. I Calmly said please stop, then when he didn't stop a second or two later, I pulled his arm away. He was smiling the whole time.)

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Thing-a-day Round 2

February is Thing-a-day month. Sign up to make something every day for the whole month and post photos or video to the blog. There are no prizes, just the sheer momentum of being a part of a huge group of creative folks egging each other on to keep producing no matter what.Sign-up is open to anyone and starts on January 21st. The deadline to commit to the sprint is January 31st at midnight.From the site: - Thing-a-day a month long online event where people take on the challenge to create one new thing every day for a month and post their work on this blog. It's also a place to exchange thoughts, ideas and comments on the nature of this creative process. - Anyone can participate and no one will bug you if you don't post every day. You're free to sign up, you're free to give up and you're free to succeed. - No rewards or prizes but the pleasure of knowing you'll have made 29 brand new things by the end of February and a few new friends (or fans) if you're lucky. - Daily creations can be in any medium. The suggested time for creating a thing is around 30 minutes so most people will post sketches, drawings or exercises rather than actual finished pieces. http://thing-a-day.com/

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how do I propel a hover craft go kart thing

I am in the proses of bilding a hover craft andI want to know how to go forwerd

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Building!

What have you been building????? =D This  is my newest build

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need cool bedroom ideas!! Answered

 my room is very small but has lots of built-in shelves on one wall. Im looking for anything cool, creative, automatic and simple. trying to get to know this website better and would love some helpful tips. im not looking for furniture, just little things to make my room cooler and more fun to be in. thanks!

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5 Things Wrong With Today's Laptops; 5 Things Right

Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently 5 Things Wrong With Today's Laptops; 5 Things RightThe power supply is still external to the laptop. Why? I've heard the garbage answer "Underwriter's Limited certification takes too long so manufactures get one supply rated and use it for everything," and understand that the specs look better with a lighter machine. However, it would be undeniably nice to never forget your power supply.continues here...What things are right and wrong about your laptop?

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Annoy-A-Thing 2.0 Development

Annoy-A-Thing made by let_it_out_org.After seeing some interest in developing a second iteration of the device, I thought it could be a good idea to start a forum thread for the development.I think the device should ; Beep at random (or kind of) interval, Use a 555 or a 556 timer, and it should not be powered by a microcontroller.

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KNex Sniper Thingamabob: Reborn

I've decided to take DSman's advice and make a beter rifle. It will feature: 1. a better barrell 2. True Trigger 3.Fuller Stock 4.No Cage Sadly, I dont have enough green rods to make both my sidearm and new rifle(w/ a better barrel), so i might make it using MLCAD. Range: I got 38Ft. Con: Single shot

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