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Home Chemistry excerpt: Keeping a Lab Notebook

Home Chemistry excerpt: Keeping a Lab Notebook

People sometimes ask us what's the big deal with the Maker's Notebook. Why should they care about a book largely filled with blank pages? Well, obviously we think there are all sorts of reasons to care.

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.03.07 at 17:18

Fetch: reality game show with kids

Fetch: reality game show with kids

Marcy Gunther is the producer of Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, a reality game show featuring a Host Dog and six real life kids as contestants. Ruff always seems to have something going wrong in the doghouse, and he has the kids help him learn about how to solve the problem with science and engineering.

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.03.07 at 04:32

Magnetic levitation with Arduino

Magnetic levitation with Arduino

Mekonik used an Arduino board, solenoid coil, hall effect sensor, and some clever coding to hold a permanent magnet in mid-air - The device uses a small Hall effect sensor (SS19 from Honeywell, available for $0.

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.03.05 at 07:54

No-cost soil moisture sensor

No-cost soil moisture sensor

The Cheap Vegetable Gardner created this soil moisture sensor using nothing more than picture wall hanging hooks, a soda straw, hot glue, and some Plaster of Paris.

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.03.05 at 05:37

Lost Knowledge: The Antikythera Device

Lost Knowledge: The Antikythera Device

The weekly Lost Knowledge column explores the possible technology of the future in the forgotten ideas of the past (and those slightly off to the side).

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.03.03 at 18:04

If Brennon is our future...

If Brennon is our future...

. . . I think we're going to be okay. Brennon Williams (whose work we've blogged about before) is a teen who's passionate about science. Really passionate.

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.03.03 at 06:30

Building a "ball mill" from junk

Building a "ball mill" from junk

Spatula Tzar, who brought us the controversial fly plane, offers a number of other interested projects, including this ball mill (a device used to crush metals and chemicals into a fine powder), made from mainly junk lying around the lab.

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.03.01 at 00:06

Rockets from office supplies!

Rockets from office supplies!

Here's a great how-to on building a "liquid fueled" rocket using little more than a fat Sharpie marker, a can of compressed air, and a few more supplies found down on the Cube Farm.

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.02.25 at 10:36

Physics experiment with exploding sledgehammer

Physics experiment with exploding sledgehammer

The Ideal Gas law (pV=nRT) was first stated by Benot Clapeyron in 1834. Basically, from it we can deduct that if you compress a material quickly, it generates heat.

Via Instructables | Posted on 2009.02.18 at 15:03

TEDCO Toys - Cool company history, great science kits

TEDCO Toys - Cool company history, great science kits

@NYC Toy Fair 2009 - TEDCO Toys has an amazing history (the founder was the inventor of the cruise control, he was blind since age 6). Chances are you have probably played with a gyroscope at some point in your life.

Via Makezine | Posted on 2009.02.18 at 13:53


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