Lindsay Handmer
at 10:13 AM Sep 19 2014

You can build a lot of cool stuff with LEGO. It's also really painful to step on. But at Brickworld events, the skills and projects are taken to a whole new level. It might not be super useful to move balls endlessly around a track, but there shear variety and ingenuity of the methods are amazing.

Francie Diep
at 09:27 AM Aug 29 2014

This is a castle that a man 3-D printed from concrete, using a printer he built himself. We like how variations in the concrete's color stretch perfectly across the castle—the product of care and engineering on the part of the maker, Andrey Rudenko. As he wrote on his website:

Emily Gertz
at 07:38 AM Aug 14 2014

But it turns out that the Los Angelenos who live closest to the San Andreas Fault are more affluent than those living further away. The key reason appears to be a law that was originally passed to reduce damage during a major quake, according to a new paper in the journal Earth's Future, which is published by the American Geophysical Union.

Emily Gertz
at 07:29 AM Jun 27 2014

Why is a Wisconsin scientist using science fiction-like stories to talk about global warming? According to Quest, the public broadcasting science series, the goal of “Yahara 2070” is to get local communities in the Yahara watershed, a 386 square-mile (1,000 square-kilometer) area surrounding Madison, into constructive discussions about adapting to the effects of climate disruption. Rather than do it solely via the usual high-level scientific lingo, however, limnologist (fresh water scientist) Steve Carpenter worked with a writer and an illustrator to create four human-scale visions of the region's future, based on the best current scientific data and trends, as well as interviews and workshops with people living in the watershed.

Francie Diep
at 07:37 AM Jun 26 2014

If you can draw an airplane on paper, you could be well on your way to making a (toy) plane in real life. Just check out this project from maker and blogger Matt Butchard. He created a remote controlled toy plane using a 3Doodler, a $99, pen-like, hand-held 3-D printer.

Jessie Geoffray
at 09:46 AM Jun 23 2014

Engineer Andrew Maxwell-Parish has identified the element every tip jar lacks: Wu-Tang Clan’s masterpiece “C.R.E.A.M.” (“Cash Rules Everything Around Me”). Using a 3-D printer, a laser cutter, an Arduino microcontroller, a speaker, a battery, and other parts, he turned a tin can into a receptacle that plays part of the track every time money goes inside.

Alexandra Ossola
at 09:45 AM Jun 23 2014

The eternal competition to build the world’s tallest building has yielded striking landmarks and spectacular rivalries, both of which have escalated in the past century. With its building boom that started in the 1980s, China may have been a late entry, but it’s a force to be reckoned given its penchant for drama and its tenacity. But its most recent entry, announced last week, has the potential to blow all the others out of the water: the paired Phoenix towers will be built on an island and combine every sort of green technology, both feasible and far-fetched. Plus, they’ll be bright pink.

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