Digital Sand is a Mesmerizing Display of Physics and LEDs

These DIY physics toys allow you to play with digital LED sand. They're fun and easy to make, and mesmerizing to watch.

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Claude Paillard, Virtuosic YouTube Maker OG

Looking back at one of the earliest YouTube makers who influenced a genre.

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Laser Cut and Color Some Soft Simple Animals

Da-eun Jun uses laser cutting to carve bendable animal shapes out of white foam before coloring them with unique designs.

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Outdoor Radiant Heaters

Outdoor Radiant Heaters

Last month I wrote a piece called Outdoor Entertaining During Winter in which I mentioned outdoor radiant heaters as being a good option for keeping your guests warm. The article featured a picture of Heatstrip heaters on the patio ceiling, so I thought I'd go into a little more detail to explain what these types of heaters are.

With indoor HVAC systems you will often have convection heaters such as radiators, or systems which work by forcing warm air throughout the home, however these techniques don't work in an outdoor setting because the warm air quickly dissipates, and this is where outdoor radiant heaters come into play.

Radiant heaters work by radiating large amounts of heat directly on to all objects and people nearby, heating them up without too much warmth being lost by air currents carrying the heat away. This is what makes radiant heaters the best choice for outdoor use.

Gas vs Electric Radiant Heaters

portable patio heater

The first choice you have to make is whether you want to use gas or electric powered heaters.

Portable patio heaters, like the one pictured right from Home Depot, are usually powered by bottled gas. This makes them highly portable and easy to position anywhere...

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Make More of Natural Light in Your Home & Be Happier

Make More of Natural Light in Your Home

In general I would say that having more light in your home makes for a happier home, particularly if you work from home like I do.

It is known that sunlight plays a role in moderating melatonin, serotonin, and vitamin D which again plays a role in maintaining serotonin levels - all this is connected to mood.

One simple solution for dark rooms or hallways is to go out and get more electric lighting, but that should be a last resort because it leads to more energy consumption and puts more pressure on the environment unless you have solar panels and are electrically self-sufficient which isn't the case for most people.

So in light of that (pun intended), here are a few tips for brightening up your home broken down into two sections:

  • More Light With Renovating
  • More Light Without Renovating

More Light With Renovating

In this section I'm going to talk about a range of projects from the very simple, such as a coat of paint, to the more complex such as installing skylights, and a few other ideas in between.

Making surfaces more reflective

Although mirrors are the obvious tool for increasing the amount of light in a space, they're not the only reflective surfaces you can have....

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Glow in the Dark Paving

Pavers that glow in the dark

I was recently sent an email about Bonita Stone so I took a look at their website and I was immediately captivated by their Glowpave pavers.

As you can see from the picture on the left and in more detail below, these pavers glow in the dark like something out of the movie Avatar.

I wanted to know more about Glowpave, so I sent them some questions and company Director Scott Petricevich was kind enough to send back the answers below.

But first, take a look at this image which shows how the look when installed during both the day time and in the evening to get a complete picture of how they look:

Glowpave pavers

Here are the questions I put to Scott along with his answers:

Your Glowpave range of pavers are quite striking, how did your company come up with the idea?

As a company we are always trying to evolve and thought having a pavers that light up at night would be a good safety idea.

How do you achieve the 'glow in the dark effect', are you using a phosphor additive or is it achieved in some other way?

We use a luminous stone.

What is the expected life of the glow in the dark effect?

We have been manufacturing the glow stone now for 6 years and all is still good with the glow. The...

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6 Summertime Home Improvements on a Shoestring

Getting ready for Summer

The weather is finally warming up and if you live in Britain, you’ll be ready for it! But is your house ready? Getting your home summer-ready can help you make the most of the season - and it doesn’t have to break the bank. We've put together a handy list of tips to help you improve your home on a shoestring budget.

1. Let there be light

After months of turning up the radiators and hiding under blankets, it’s finally warm enough to leave the house without a jacket - so celebrate by letting in the light. While the curtains might have spent the majority of 2015 firmly drawn, they can now be opened wide to let in the springtime sunshine. Pulling back the blinds and opening the windows will allow natural light to burst through and instantly brighten up your home with all the scents of summer.

2. Defrost your freezer

If ever there was a time to dig deep and defrost your freezer, this is it. Clean out your ice trays and make space for all the delicious icy treats that come with the season. Stocking your freezer with plenty of snacks will help cool you down on those hot days and instantly get you in the summertime spirit. If you’re feeling extra productive, you can give your fridge...

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Open World: Twende Community Tech in Arusha, Tanzania

Their mission is to empower people to become creative problem solvers who create technology solutions for community challenges

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Making Acrylic Pour Art with a Colander

Forget spin art. Try your hand at creating some cool art with a kitchen colander.

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Building Simple Speaker Stands

Bob Clagett shows how you can make a handsome set of speaker stands no matter what tools you have available.

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Gamers Stage Annual Battle for the North Pole

Beasts of War's annual Christmas battle report. This year's foe? Mumm-Ra from Thundercats and a horde of possessed Christmas toys.

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Get Some Practical Use Out of Your 3D Printer

You can easily prototype and fabricate simple parts, tools, and jigs, either from your own designs or from online repositories

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Weekend Watch: Make It Soph

A UK model-maker shares her love of modeling, crafting, and whatever strikes her fancy.

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These “Forgotten Giants” Hide in Plain Sight

Copenhagen-based artist Thomas Dambo's latest builds, The 6 Forgotten Giants, are hidden in locations around the world.

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A Year After Our Virtual Reality Issue: Trends We’ve Seen

In July of 2016, we published our Virtual Reality focused issue of Make: magazine. Let's revisit VR, and see how it's changed.

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