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Weaponising Nerf Toys: Don't Try This At Home

Strict safety regulations and litigious lawyers mean your kids’ toy foam blasters don’t have a lot of power behind them. And that’s a good thing, unless you spend you days making insane slingshot creations and have decided that Nerf’s Rebelle Bow Blaster needed an upgrade like Joerg Sprave did.


Shooting Brown Sludge From A Cannon In Slow Motion Is So Much Gross Fun

It’s abundantly clear now that a slow motion camera is probably the funnest toy a bored suburban kid could ever ask for. Anything you do is immediately more gross, epic, impressive, sillier and just plain funner-er than real life. You could just load up a homemade cannon with brown sludge and ketchup and shoot it at people in slow motion and it will be a fantastic way to spend a day.


Meet The Mormon Survivalist Preppers Of Pinterest

Pinterest — the mason jar lobby’s most effective propaganda apparatus — is an aggressively wholesome social platform. It’s The Container Store of social networks, but past the relentless arrangements of DIY barn-wedding souvenirs, there’s another Pinterest, one focused on surviving doom.


Make Your Own Fury Road-Style Flamethrower Ukulele

The flamethrower guitar was definitely one of the coolest bits of tech in Mad Max: Fury Road. But why should Doof Warriors on post-apocalyptic car chases have all the fun? With an afternoon to spare and a good life insurance policy, you can be the proud owner of a fire-breathing instrument, too.


An Exhaustive Guide To Building Your Own Rolling Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Robot and prop-builder extraordinaire James Burton from XRobots.co.uk has just posted the final episode of an exhaustive four-part tutorial series detailing how he designed and built his own remote control self-balancing replica of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ BB-8 droid.


Ghosts Should Still Fear A Single Pixel Pac-Man

At 35 years old, Pac-Man has managed to remain a popular video game for decades. If only his dated graphics weren’t really showing their age. Instead of giving the yellow hero a facelift, though, Hackaday’s Mike Szczys has instead made the game’s graphics even simpler with his 1-Pixel Pac-Man de-make that you can build yourself.


Open-Source Cyborg Hand Is Making Prosthetics More Accessible Than Ever

A generation ago, getting a prosthetic limb fitted usually amounted to a having a heavy, nearly useless hunk of plastic and metal tacked onto your body. But bionic hands such as this one illustrate just how quickly that’s all changing.


These Electrical Overload Videos Are Explosively Satisfying

Mad scientists have a home on YouTube. Whether they’re building lasers or performing controlled explosions on the back patio, they’re raking in millions of views. Add Photonicinduction to the list of ridiculously rad YouTube channels with a taste for the combustible.


Build This Brass Stirling Engine To Keep You Hypnotised At Work

Not every building set has to be made from colourful plastic bricks. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging — and rewarding — than Lego, Hermann Böhm has created this gorgeous stainless steel and brass Stirling engine kit that will take you about three satisfying hours to build. And of course it’s fully functional once assembled.


Homemade Propane Rifle Cannon Shoots Like A Sci-fi Weapon

Science is fun! Especially when it is used to create a homemade cannon that looks so cool when it fires. This guy connected a self-igniting propane torch to some tubes and then coloured the flame so that it pops off green when it blasts. It looks like an alien’s weapon!


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