Random But Cool: How to Make Bouncy Balls from Common Household Items!

by Capree K

Random But Cool: How to Make Bouncy Balls from Common Household Items!

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!   

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Desk-A-Day: Einstein's Desk

by Bruno Bornsztein

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:

Einstein's desk on the day he died

Here's Einstein's desk, photographed by LIFE's Ralph Morse on the day the great physicist died (April 18, 1955). 

Einstein's desk

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...

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How-To: Make Borax Crystal Snowflake Ornaments

by Capree K

How-To: Make Borax Crystal Snowflake Ornaments

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...

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17 Cool Magnetic Tricks.

by Chris Gardner

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!

Magnet tricks

Some highlights:

  • 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
  • ...

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DIY Bubbles and Giant Bubble Wand.

by Chris Gardner

DIY Bubbles and Giant Bubble Wand.
Welcome summer (it starts on Friday) with this easy and inexpensive bubble wand from Instructable member Egadsman. The materials only amount to $3, but I bet you could make them from ingredients you have about the house. The bubble potential promises diameters of two meters.

Materials:

  • Two dowel rods
  • Spool of non-absorbent string
  • Tap

Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.

Via and photo.

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Liquid Floor Tiles

by Chris Gardner

"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...

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