In this scene from the Discovery UK show Richard Hammond’s Big, the Hamster visits the Verbund Hydro Power plant in Austria. Watch as he gets up close and personal with the massive stream of water coursing out of the bottom of a hydroelectric dam, where more than 5000 gallons of water gush out per second.
Electronics geeks would love to have a table like the one that New Yorkshire Workshop made. Watch as the artist painstakingly applies gold leaf to produce jumbo metal circuit board traces on a dyed-blue maple veneer, then gives it a nice shiny clear coat. Watch how he made the twisted “wire” copper legs here.
This ridiculously powerful boombox cranks out up to 1000 watts of power via its two 4″ tweeters and four 8″ woofers, for seriously banging bass. It’s got built-in Bluetooth connectivity, runs for up to 12h per charge, and doubles as a guitar amp. Our favorite style is the graffiti pattern.
This limited-edition version of Jeep’s 4×4 truck has been upgraded for high-speed off-roading. It has a desert-tuned suspension with FOX hydraulic jounce bumpers and 2.5″ internal bypass shocks, along with a 1″ front lift, a reinforced frame, a front skid plate, and rides on 33″ Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires.
The Hydraulic Press Channel took a momentary break from just smushing things for fun, and instead performed a bit of a physics experiment. By creating multiple 3D printed objects of the same weight and mass, but just different shapes, they were able to evaluate which shapes were the strongest of the bunch.
Smartphone dominating your life? The Punkt. MP02 is all about going back to basics. This minimal phone is designed for phone calls, texting, and contacts only, while still offering 4G connectivity and a wi-fi hotspot. It’s also durable, and its battery will run on standby for up to 180 hours. Save $50 in The Awesomer Shop.
Ever wonder why we add a day to the end of every fourth February? Well, as it turns out, the Earth orbits the sun every 365.242 days, so we get off by about a quarter day every year. Dr. James O’Donoghue provides a concise graphical explanation of this time tweak we do to make things right, and what would happen without leap years.
Now that Buttered Side Down has figured out how to perform magic and play the violin, he’s worked up quite the appetite. To satisfy his hunger, he set about making a pizza in the only way he knows how – with a GoPro strapped to his head. We’ll have to try that pepperoni trick sometime.
KeySmart’s nifty little pocket knife isn’t designed to intimidate. Instead, it’s just the perfect tool for everyday tasks, like opening boxes, cutting rope, and whittling wood. It’s got a 2.38” long 420 stainless steel blade, and a machined aluminum handle. Measures 6″ open / 3.5″ closed. Save 27% in The Awesomer Shop.
The dulcimer usually is associated with the kind of music you’d hear at a renaissance festival. But musician Sam Edelston believes the stringed instrument is “among the world’s coolest.” Listen up as he plays some truly rockin’ cover versions from the Ramones, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie.
This playful pair of books from Flipboku is packed with fun drawing activities. The first book, Dots, has dot-to-dot puzzles which form six professionally-illustrated cartoon animations when complete. The second book, Lines, offers up six brain-bending animated optical illusions.
As we’ve moved away from print and towards digital reading, highlighters aren’t as popular as they once were. But these fluorescent pens are still pretty cool for making art. Science Channel’s How It’s Made shows the process of molding the plastic bodies, filling their nibs with ink, and testing them for smooth flow.
Kershaw’s compact multitool combines eight useful functions in one keychain tool: a bottle opener, flathead and Philips screwdriver tips, wire scraper, a pry bar, and three hex head drivers. Made from sturdy 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a textured glass-filled nylon grip.
We’re surprised that LEGO machine expert JK Brickworks has never built a Great Ball Contraption module before, but his first one definitely lives up to his standards. Watch as four tiny LEGO robots work along an assembly line, each passing a ball to the next to move it down the line. It also appears to work as a hypnosis device.
Written by retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson, this book is packed with illustrated tips and solutions for taking control in dangerous situations, including self defense, escape, and evasion techniques. The tips include low-tech/no-tech methods to help you improvise when things go South. Be sure to check out the Survival Edition as well.
These laser-cut lamps feature designs inspired by the neon signs of Hong Kong. Not only are the lamps cool to look at, but they cast awesome shadows onto your walls and ceiling. They’ll be made in two materials, with the pricey copper version offering the sharpest images, while the acrylic version is far more economical.
Want to keep neighborhood rugrats off your lawn? Minutephysics and Randall Munroe of xkcd have got you covered, with their step-by-step plan for installing a moat filled with molten hot lava. Sadly, it would cost about $60,000 a day to keep it running unless you dig down deep enough and power it with geothermal energy.
Mission Workshop’s large messenger bag is made from two-layer VX fabric, which resists tears and abrasions, and beads water. Its interior offers a 15″ laptop pocket, a 24-liter main compartment with enough room for a change of clothes, and multiple pockets for organizing smaller items. Comes in black, slate, or white.
Nixon’s bold-faced analog wristwatches feature easy-to-read high-contrast numerals and markers. They come in a variety of styles, from a showy goldtone with metal band to a sophisticated gunmetal with a leather strap. Each watch has a stainless steel 42mm case with a 100m waterproof rating.
This blacked-out knife has a unique wharncliffe style blade, and a great handle shape with an ergonomic notch for optimal grip. We love the stonewashed finish on the CPM-S35VN steel blade, which blends seamlessly with the titanium frame and carbon fiber scales. Blade measures 3.625″, with an overall length of 8.625″.
Throw me the idol, I throw you the brick! BenBuildsLego’s sweet design celebrates the three original Indiana Jones movies. The 650-piece set features dioramas of The Temple of Doom, The Well of Souls, and Temple of the Sun, each a location where Indy recovered a rare historical artifact. Show your support on LEGO Ideas.
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