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A Secret Sculpture Garden on Isreal’s Sea of Galilee

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Sea of Galilee in Israel is world famous for stories about Jesus and his disciples from 2000 years ago. Also known as Lake Kineret, it is a beautiful part of Isreal and provides 35% of the countries potable water. On the Eastern shore of the lake, there is a large Kibbutz community that was established in 1937. It is called Ein Gev and out of the 273 existing Kibbutz communities in Israel, it is one of the most famous. [Read more...]

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These Friends Built a Floating Mobile Sauna

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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When life finds you in the grips of the far north, the best way to put a smile on your face is with a warm sauna. The next step is to take a plunge into a cold body of water… but you don’t want to run too far. This group of friends from Joensuu, Finland has the right idea: they built an altogether awesome mobile sauna in the form of a boat – complete with hammocks for summer use, a top deck to jump off and style galore. If this is sailing, sign me up! [Read more...]

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Flip Teaching: Professor Builds a Crystal Clear Whiteboard So He Can Face Students

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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A professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, Michael Peshkin loved using diagrams in his lessons, but hated turning his back to the class when he used the board to explain things, so he came up with a solution. He created a crystal clear whiteboard that he can stand behind to draw, while still facing his students. Using a large sheet of tempered glass with holes drilled through it, he used bolts to fasten a metal frame around it. He embedded strips of LED’s around the protruding rail on the frame to light up the inside of the glass, making the fluorescent dry erase marker ink stand out more. He also set up an extensive light system; he uses a monitor for digital overlays, watching the screen as he layers marker annotations over a diagram on the computer. See the crystal clear whiteboard in action after the jump. [Read more...]

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In Rock-Hard Focus: Make A DIY Concrete Camera

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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Move over, Holga. Images are quite literally set in stone with this concrete camera, made by New Zealand photography lover and Instructables user amuu. Through amuu’s charming tutorial, any budding photographer can transform ordinary cement into a fully-functioning pinhole camera, complete with tiny wooden shutter and film spool.  [Read more...]

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Only in Japan: Man Spends 11 Years Building Gigantic “Robot” Beetle

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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When Hitoshi Takahashi was 50 years old, he decided he was old enough to do whatever he wanted… the result wasn’t your average “buy an RV and hit the road,” instead he spent the next 11 years creating a frightening 36 foot long, 12 foot tall mechanical beetle. Takahashi is the owner of a machine shop in Ibaraki Prefecture’s planned city of Tsukuba. The area is known for it’s many engineering colleges and scientific research centers… so perhaps that all had an influence on him. [Read more...]

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Safe Stoves for All: Cook Up Some Love this Valentines

Wednesday 02.13.2013 , Posted by

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We in the western world take healthy cooking completely for granted. You turn the knob on your stove and magically gas or electricity heats the food before you. Many people in the world aren’t that lucky however: much of the worlds population still use indoor wood stoves of questionable design. They pump smoke into the surrounding air, use many more trees than necessary and eat up the income of people already living on the edge. Now, the organization Enlace is working to bring smart and simple eco-stove designs to the people of the world, beginning their life saving mission in El Salvador. They call the project Cooking Up Love. [Read more...]

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Stairway to Heaven: 3D Printing Fisher-Price Records

Friday 09.07.2012 , Posted by

For kids who grew up in the 70s and 80s, there’s a very good chance your first music player was none other than the Fisher-Price Record Player. That vintage, jangly sound has a special spot in many of our hearts as it played such hit songs as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Humpty Dumpty and, don’t forget London Bridge. [Read more...]

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Solar Oven Transforms Salt Water to Drinkable Water

Monday 08.20.2012 , Posted by

Of all the water on earth, only an incredibly small percentage is available for us to use and drink… the remainder is largely highly salty water, or at best brackish water with unhealthy levels of salt. For much of the western world, where water is plentifully available and piped right to your location this is hardly an issue for concern; but in countries where limited water availability is compounded by heavy pollution and miles of walking each day to collect it, the situation becomes a lot more dire. Enter Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti and his fascinating Eliodomestico. [Read more...]

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Go Pro Torpedo Accidentally Captures Dolphins!

Friday 08.17.2012 , Posted by

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These days, engineering anything from a homemade RC helicopter to a personal submarine is about as easy as going to kickstarter and then taking a few trips to the hardware store. There are countless plans, tutorials, and guides out there to help anyone to get on track towards inventing just about anything. With the objective of capturing underwater footage, Mark Peters took some time creating a mini torpedo housing for his GoPro camera – something sleek he could tow behind his boat while deep sea fishing. His inventive design used a plastic housing which allowed the camera to float behind the boat and capture the tuna he and his buddies reeled in. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #222> Keep It Minimal

Wednesday 06.27.2012 , Posted by



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