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See Lego robot controlled by DIY exosuit

Danny Benedettelli built a Lego NXT humanoid robot that he controls with a sensor-laden exosuit, known as a "waldo." For example, when he moves his arms, so does the robot.

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Homemade bumper harness saves blind dog from bumping into everything

vqGLbk “Our dog Buddy has become blind because of cataracts. My fiancé has made him this bumper harness so that he can confidently walk around the house without hurting himself!”

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WATCH: Gentleman recovers old drone using new drone

YouTuber Harrisen Howes made the mistake of letting a drunk friend crash his drone on a neighbor's roof. Solution? Use a new drone to save the old one.

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You're inflating your tires wrong. Here's how to do it right, and save up to $500 a year.

It's a good idea to do your best to avoid this.


It's a good idea to do your best to avoid this.

I am a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Manhattan. Like many New Yorkers, I didn't drive a car when I lived in NYC. Now, like many Angelenos, I must.

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Video: HOWTO make waterproof sand at home

YouTuber IncredibleScience has a great at-home science project that's kid-friendly: making waterproof sand.

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WATCH: 8 great DIY smartphone photography tips

Cooperative of Photography released a great video with 8 DIY tips to improve your smartphone shots, ranging from super-simple and cheap to fairly simple and maybe cheap.

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WATCH: Emergency moth surgery

YouTuber Eric Nordrum found a beautiful cecropia moth being attacked by a robin, then used online instructions to repair the moth's damaged wing before releasing it.

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Sparkle Labs' Amy Parness on "pink girly engineering kits"

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I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with "pink girly engineering kits." From Medium:

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Geek out with this nerdy DIY soap

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Looking for a fun, geeky DIY project to smarten your favorite sink? How about some colorful Thing, Batman, Tardis and Hans Solo soaps? Inspired by their nerdy collection of ice cube trays, the folks at PopSugar show us how to make quick and easy soaps with microwaveable soap base. The only catch is whether or not your ice cube trays are worthy enough.

You can get lots of SF-themed molds on Amazon:

Here are the ingredients:

20 secret doors and sneaky hiding places you can make yourself

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From entire rooms to pocket-sized items, anything can be hidden in plain sight. All it takes is some imagination – and the right tools. Here are 20 cool stash-hiding projects, from small hidden spaces inside of playing cards, books, and the outdoor siding of your house, to large areas masked by bookshelves, drawers and cabinetry.

Official case for your Raspberry Pi

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For three years, makers have hacked together some terrific and janky DIY Raspberry Pi cases (like these). Finally, Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have produced their own official Raspberry Pi case.

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Man builds impressively dangerous laser shotgun

This fellow made a 40W laser shotgun that is quite powerful and, yes, ridiculously dangerous.

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DIY: 20 easy ways to hack and improve your garden

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Use a punctured water bottle to hydrate plants more efficiently. Turn a kids toy truck into a succulent planter. Spray paint chicken wire and then mold it into striking backyard decorations. With summer just weeks away, here are 20 visual ideas that will get you outdoors this weekend while creating a more efficient and beautiful garden.

How to collect rainwater for gardening

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Blocked Italian toilet leads to thousands of years of buried history


A restaurateur in Lecce, Italy dug up the plumbing for his perennially blocked toilets and discovered thousands of years' worth of tunnels beneath the building, including a Messapian tomb.

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35 Secret hiding places in your home

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Ordinarily, the folks over at Family Handyman Magazine are a straight-laced bunch, but their slideshow 20 Secret Hiding Places shows that their practical creativity might be hiding something, such as fat stacks of cash.

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