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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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Comic about the woman who invented the coffee filter

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Over at Backchannel, comic artist Andy Warner's illustrated the story of Melitta Bentz, a German housewife who in 1908 invented the coffee filter.

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Watch Adam Savage and astronaut Chris Hadfield cosplay at Comic-Con

Every year, our friend Adam Savage of Mythbusters and Tested walks the Comic-Con floor completely disguised by his costume and makes a video about it. This year, he was joined by astronaut Chris Hadfield and they both wore spacesuits like those in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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How to make a watermelon fruit bowl that looks like a voracious shark

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Mike Warren carved a watermelon into this delightful shark fruit bowl!

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Watch R2-D2 levitate for real

Otto Dieffenbach uses the Force (and some creative RC engineering) to levitate R2-D2.

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Tortilla laser-etched into a record that actually plays!

Enjoy the edible lo-fi sounds of "Jarabe Tapatío," aka "The Mexican Hat Dance." Over at Instructables, learn how to make your own tortilla record!

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DIY Underlit LED Skirt

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Imgur user SexyCyborg makes lots of cool fashion using open source hardware, like this underlit LED skirt. She published a very detailed HOWTO create your own based on her trial and error.

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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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Video: HOWTO put a Rubik's Cube in a bottle

YouTuber Mathologer shares his technique for reassembling a Rubik's Cube inside a glass container. The secret? Magnets!

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Glow-in-the-dark patterns burned into electrocuted wood

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Imgur user PapJ06 created these interesting Lichtenberg figures by electrocuting wood blocks with a modified microwave transformer, then applying glowing powder and resin.

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WATCH: Gentleman mods daughter's pink mini-Mini

After his daughter complained her toy car was not fast enough, YouTuber ThatHPI GUY decided to mod it so it could pop wheelies.

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Comic about the invention of The Slinky

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Over at Backchannel, Andy Warner's delightful comic about how a naval engineer invented The Slinky.

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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories' Lenore Edman on women in maker culture

I asked Lenore Edman, the founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the open source hardware, hobby electronics, and robotics company, to write a Medium post about what it's like being a badass female maker. Her comments are inspired and inspiring. From Medium:

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My hope for young women is that they’ll find meaningful work in an environment where they can flourish. It doesn’t matter to me if they choose a technical field, but it does matter deeply that they know they could choose one. For that to happen, it will take deliberate work on the part of all of us who work in technology to make our communities welcoming. There are many efforts going on toward this, and I think the maker communities have a wealth to share.

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And of course, check out Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

Check out the world's first drum machine, The Rhythmicon (1931)

The Ryhthmicon was the world's first drum machine, built in the 1930s by Leon Theremin (of Theremin fame) for avant grade composer Henry Cowell.

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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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Electrified knife toasts bread as you slice it

Colin Furze made a nutty electrified “knife that can toast as you cut the bread." And then the butter will go on...like butter.

WATCH: make light cubes and other cool stuff with tiny LED filaments

Mike Harrison has been experimenting with tiny flexible LED filaments found in LED bulbs that mimic incandescent bulbs. He came up with this cool light cube and a very bright clock display.

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