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Another great initiative from Stanford, this time involving the novel usage of accelerometers. Quake-Catcher Network is a collaborative initiative for developing the world's largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network ...

quake-catcher network

Conductive Materials

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The worldwide first EAP propelled airship was made at Empa in collaboration with aeroix GmbH and the Technical University of Berlin. This lighter-than-air vehicle with 8 m in length consists of a slightly pressurized ...

featured video :: EAP-Blimp

Polymers

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Tito Ingenieri, from Quilmes - Argentina, built his house out of six million empty bottles over a period of 19 years. His main motivation was the accessibility of scrap materials: "I didn't have any other way to make my ...

a house made of 6 million empty bottles & other eco ideas

Ceramics & Glass

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image source: wikimedia commons EL wire (electroluminescent wire) glows when an alternating current is passed through it. Unlike LED strips, EL wire is not a series of light points, but an unbroken line of visible ...

EL wire

Conductive Materials, Materials 101, Techniques

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Refarm the city (aka re:farm) is a collective project started and led by Hernani Dias with the purpose of developing open source software and hardware tools for urban farmers. In its creators' words, the project is a ...

refarm the city :: open source tools for urban farmers

Tools

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The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments was a children's chemistry book written in the 1960s by Robert Brent and illustrated by Harry Lazarus, showing how to set up your own home laboratory and conduct over 200 experiments. ...

banned :: the golden book of chemistry experiments

Chemicals, Resources

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This featured video is part one of five in Nanoseries, introducing carbon nanotubes. What is a carbon nanotube? Here is the rest of the series- How are carbon nanotubes made? How can we see carbon ...

nanoseries – what is a carbon nanotube?

Conductive Materials

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This solar clothes washer was made by 2nd year art students from the École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence (France). The challenge was to make a DIY washing machine using only materials available in the sahara. The ...

the open source washing machine project

Tools

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In addition to a very interesting OLED tutorial, the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (University of Wisconsin) also has online a video lab manual with step-by-step procedures, from basic to advanced, ...

nano materials tutorials

Resources

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The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin has available on its site a highly experimental, but apparently feasible, tutorial for producing DIY OLEDs using conductive glass and a ...

DIY OLED

Ceramics & Glass, Techniques

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This mitten lights up when its wearer shakes hands with someone. It has two exposed soft contacts around the thumb and across the palm which, when bridged by bare skin, turn on the LED embedded on the flower. The mitten ...

light up handshake glove

Conductive Materials, Materials 101, Techniques, Textiles

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growth modeling device is an artwork by David Bowen which involves a system using lasers to scan an onion plant from one of three angles, which then creates a plastic model based on the information collected. The ...

growth modeling device

Tools