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The Abacusynth

The Abacusynth

Electronic instrument maker Elias Jarzombek created this unique synthesizer that looks like an abacus. The otherworldly sounds it makes are controlled by sliding and spinning its triangular “beads” on metal bars, along with turning its side dials. Read more about the Abacusynth on Elias’ website.

The Soda Water Geyser

The Soda Water Geyser

Soda Springs, Idaho, is home to a unique geyser that sprays carbonated water into the air. While the sparkling spring water is naturally-occurring, the water spout itself is the result of a man-made mistake. Tom Scott visited the geyser for an explanation of how it came to be and how they tweaked it to fire every hour on the hour.

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A Tribute to Nichelle Nichols as Uhura

A Tribute to Nichelle Nichols as Uhura

Nichelle Nichols passed away on July 30, 2022, at the age of 89. The groundbreaking actor made a name for herself in the role of Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on Star Trek. Trek fan John DiMarco put together this great compilation of her performances in the original series, the Star Trek movies, and Star Trek: The Animated Series.

Building the Ultimate Bokeh Camera

Building the Ultimate Bokeh Camera

DIY Perks takes a break from building awesome computer and video game systems to focus on a photography project. At the core of his custom large-format camera is a lens from a vintage opaque projector. When used to capture images, it gulps in a huge amount of light, resulting in a dreamy depth-of-field bokeh effect.

A Solo on 200 Bass Guitars

A Solo on 200 Bass Guitars

Bassist Davie504 has played solos on a one-string bass, a 36-string bass, and a 69-string bass, so what’s the obvious next step? To perform a solo that uses every bass guitar in the store, naturally. Though he didn’t quick-swap all of the instruments, instead, he edited all 200 performances into a single track.

NPCs Every Time You Say Something to Them

NPCs Every Time You Say Something to Them

One of the most annoying mechanics in RPGs and adventure games is how NPCs send you on ridiculous side missions in order to give you something you need to progress through the main storyline. RDCworld1 pokes fun at this irritating cliché as a player attempts to get some armor and a sword they need to level up.

Making Music with Magnets

Making Music with Magnets

You can do all kinds of fun things with magnets, but we never thought of them as musical instruments. The guys from Magnet Tricks and Magnetic Games teamed up to create a series of sounds from magnetic vibrations, sampled them, then turned them into a synthwave track.

How to Read French without Knowing French

How to Read French without Knowing French

When you want to read another language, you usually have to learn that language. But RobWords shows us a three simple tricks that English speakers can use to comprehend written words in French without having to understand the vocabulary. We wonder if other Romance languages have similar hacks.

Making a Jet-Powered Scooter

Making a Jet-Powered Scooter

Warped Perception got his hands on a Fiido Beast Electric Scooter to see if he could make it go even faster. So he modded it with a bracket that holds a jet engine along with a digital controller. The scooter hit speeds over 63 mph while tooling around the suburbs – more than double its factory-rated top speed.

Clemens Wirth Miniature + Macro Showreel

Clemens Wirth Miniature + Macro Showreel

Clemens Wirth is a talented filmmaker who specializes in building miniatures and shooting macro footage of them. He recently compiled this awe-inspiring showreel of some of his most impressive 1:87 scale builds, including scenes set in the wild west, the big city, the country, the Arctic, and a galaxy far, far away.

LEGO Train Close Call

LEGO Train Close Call

We’ve seen some pretty epic LEGO railroad builds over the years. This simple figure eight track won’t win any awards for complexity, but it’s the precise length of its train that makes it noteworthy. Every time it passes through the intersection, it comes within millimeters of ramming into itself. Ramp up the anxiety at 10x speed.

Firefighter Lifts Seven Cars with a Battery-Powered Tool

Firefighter Lifts Seven Cars with a Battery-Powered Tool

Firefighters use rescue tools called spreaders to lift and separate vehicles involved in accidents. But can one of these battery-powered tools lift seven cars at the same time? Fire Department Chronicles used a Genesis Rescue Systems EForce spreader to see if it lives up to its rated 15,000 lb. spreading force.

How to Move Massive Structures

How to Move Massive Structures

If you need to move a building or another large structure, you need specialized industrial equipment. Mammoet’s Self-Propelled Modular Transporters can be used individually or in combination to transport enormous and heavy structures. Recently, they combined 604 SPMT axle lines to move a 16,258-ton support frame.

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Seven Nation Delta Blues Army

Seven Nation Delta Blues Army

There’s no question that Jack White’s music features a heavy blues influence. Musician Justin Johnson took things to their logical conclusion by performing The White Stripes’ anthemic Seven Nation Army on a steel guitar with a slide, giving it that classic Mississippi Delta Blues sound. (Thanks, Jennifer!)

Hornets vs. Ants in Slow-Motion

Hornets vs. Ants in Slow-Motion

Nature filmmaker Lothar Lenz is an expert at capturing macro footage of insects. In this video, we get to watch some hornets competing with a colony of ants for a drink of water. The incredible audio recording puts you right there in the action. The ants get a little feisty in this other video.

Scary Sulley and Mike

Scary Sulley and Mike

Because his creepy bowl of fruit didn’t have enough pointy teeth, North of the Border is back with another terrifying sculpture. This time, he imagined what Sulley and Mike from Monsters, Inc. might have looked like if they were really scary and not just cute and cuddly. Applying all of that blue fur to Sulley looked like a major pain.

So Many Bass Sounds

So Many Bass Sounds

When we hear the word “bass,” it conjures up the funky sounds that Flea bashes out for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there are so many other kinds of noises that basses can make. Musicians Bart Soeters and Joris Holtackers show off some of the distinctive sounds made by the string instruments in this original composition.

Easy DIY Photo Filters

Easy DIY Photo Filters

Looking to add some interesting analog effects to your photography? COOPH’s handy tutorial video shows us eight ways to use common household items to create lens filters for any camera on the cheap. The plastic cutout ones are our favorites with their dreamy look.

3D-Printed Fractal Vise

3D-Printed Fractal Vise

Inspired by the antique fractal jaw vise that Hand Tool Rescue restored, Teaching Tech created a 3D-printed version of the fascinating workbench tool. Like the original, it can hold irregularly-shaped objects with its rotating grippers. Grab the STL files to print your own at Thingiverse, or play with the CAD file at OnShape.

Driving Cars with as Few Parts as Possible

Driving Cars with as Few Parts as Possible

Over the years, vehicles have gotten heavier and heavier as cars pack more technology, safety, and a quieter ride. Just how little of a car could you get away with and still drive it? William Osman and his pals decided to test that out, starting with two ordinary cars which they gradually stripped down to their bare essentials.

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Mark Rober vs. Hot Wings

Mark Rober vs. Hot Wings

Engineer and all-around good guy Mark Rober stopped by First We Feast’s studio to take on the spiciest of wings. After chugging down a dose of Pepto Bismol, he talks about his new Discovery show Revengineers, his experiences working at NASA, his best builds, and how to always win a coin toss.

Adjustable Vortex Ring Cannon

Adjustable Vortex Ring Cannon

JBV Creative has been playing with designs for a vortex cannon that fires a puff of smoke and a blast of air to create smoke rings. He’s refined his creation into this handheld unit with a mechanical iris to adjust the size of its smoke rings and an LED ring light to illuminate them.

Ball Rolling Uphill Illusion

Ball Rolling Uphill Illusion

At first glance, it looks like the ball in this video from StruckDuck is defying gravity and rolling up a slide. The trick involves a specially-distorted 3D print and a camera placed in exactly the right spot to pull off the illusion. You can buy the STL template file for the slide on Etsy.

SpongeBob’s Patty Wagon IRL

SpongeBob’s Patty Wagon IRL

As SpongeBob once said, “You don’t need a license to drive a sandwich.” But President Chay drove his custom-built Patty Wagon on public roads, so it was a good idea to have a licensed driver behind the wheel. The highly-modded golf cart has a sesame seed finish and steel-belted pickles, but no french fryer under the hood.

A Brief History of Home Video

A Brief History of Home Video

These days, most content is streamed. But there was a time when videotapes were the media of choice. Mental Floss takes a trip in the wayback machine to tell the story of VCRs, the epic war between Betamax and VHS, and how the technologies changed everything for visual entertainment.

Jet-Powered Speed Suit

Jet-Powered Speed Suit

Jake Laser wishes he could run as fast as Usain Bolt. But he’s never going to achieve that goal without some mechanical assistance. So he got to work figuring out the best way to increase his running speed through a series of experiments with jets, a windsurfing wing, low-friction shoe soles, and lots of practice.

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