I realize that this how-to strays a bit from our normal fare, but goshdarnit, it's too cool not to share! Maybe it's the overgrown kid inside me or my love of science (have I told y'all I was in the science club in high school?? Geek to the max.), but the idea of making bouncy balls--from scratch--out of regular ol' household items totally intrigues me. If you're equally intrigued, or just want to impress your five-year-old, check out what you'll need below!
Just because school is out for the summer doesn't mean you can't enlighten some minds with science! I mean c'mon, kids of all ages are fascinated by silly putty, add some magnetism to that equation and BAM! You've just blown a few minds. What more coud you ask for?
You don't have to understand the theory of relativity to know a creative workspace comes in many forms. And some of the most brilliant are also, well, messy:
Here's Einstein's desk, photographed by LIFE's Ralph Morse on the day the great physicist died (April 18, 1955).
The point here, I think, is that a work space doesn't have to be minimalist sparse and futuristic to be inspiring. For some people, a little clutter sparks the brain, and...
Bust out your lab coat and goggles, because we're about to get down with some science. Making your own borax crystal ornaments is not only super cool, it's a fun project to do with kids (and keep the education going during that extra long holiday break)!
First, I have to thank my friend Megan for sharing this with me. She knows I'm a kid at heart and, well, easily amused. If you're the same way, or actually have kids to amuse, let's...
Part science experiment, part magic this dry ice crystal ball could be the highlight of your Halloween party. The 'ball' itself is actually a soap film filled with water vapor and carbon dioxide. Here are the materials you'll need to make one of your own:
If you like to mix your cocktails with the precision of a mad scientist, then you need this Cocktail Chemistry Set. It includes a beaker, vials, a shaker and a lab-stand. You can find it at
Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys...there's nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!
- Extract batteries from stubborn holders
- Find studs in your walls
- Make a homopolar motor
- Make LED Throwies
- Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
- Make a simple compass
- Experiment with self assembly
Part how-to, part science project, Mikey figured out how to remove a solid coat of rust from an old pipe wrench using a 12v battery and baking soda. Inspired by this Instructable, check out his process here.
- Two dowel rods
- Spool of non-absorbent string
Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.
"Modular Liquid Floor Tiles - Walking on them creates play and movement of light stimulating sensations of nature and atmosphere. The Mono-chromatic tiles leaves a diminishing ray of colors tones the memory trace of a footprint behind. The Bi-chromatic tile stimulates play with colors and forms in continuous evolution. Walking on a LIVING FLOOR is stimulates memories of nature like walking a sandy beach or across a green...
It's official: Things that glow are better than things that don't. Make some.
- A box of non-safety matches
- A tomato
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Small container