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Turning Styrofoam Into Aluminium Is Surprisingly Easy

If you’re looking for a fun, high-risk weekend project, look no further: Grant Thompson, the self-styled “King of Random”, has decided to shared his method for transforming styrofoam into metal. (Spoiler: don’t try this one around your kids.)


This Lego-Modded Glue Gun Is A Handheld 3D Printer

Tired of the same old, boring laminated pattern that’s in all of your 3D printed stuff? Industrial design student Vimal Patel was, and so he decided to fashion himself a 3D doodler, out of a hot glue gun which he modded with a custom Lego extruder. You know, obviously.


The Lord Of The Rings 'Door Of Durin' Is Now A Reality

There’s Lord of the Rings fandom — attending midnight movie premiers and dressing up as your favourite elf for Comic-Con, for instance. And then there are the super-fans who speak elvish fluently and reconstruct iconic landmarks from Tolkein’s fantasy world in their own homes.


NotCulus Rift: How I Hacked Together My Own Serious VR Headset

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told me not to buy an Oculus Rift. That was two years ago, and he’s repeated the plea every time I’ve seen him since. Don’t buy it. It’s not ready. It’s just a developer kit. He’s right, but I’m tired of waiting. I want a VR headset and I want it now. So I built one. Sorta.


This Periodic Table Quilt Is The Only Thing I Want On My Bed

When he’s not busy with his job as co-founder of Wolfram Research, Theodore Grey makes a lot of incredible things. Sometimes, they have to do with metal and fire. But fairly regularly he uses a robot to make a quilt. And this is the quilt which rules them all.


This Backyard Arc Furnace Can Liquify Copper, Steel And Rocks In Minutes

Arts and crafts don’t involve that much melting — plastic beads and glue perhaps — but when you upgrade to metal, it’s hard to get anywhere without a bit of heat. Not one for half measures, self-proclaimed “King of Random” Grant Thompson built his own arc furnace to transform hard materials into their gooey counterparts to create copper ingots and… carbonite Han Solos?


Build Your Own Pac-Man Ghost-Chomping Clock

Maybe the reason you find it so hard to crawl out of bed in the morning is your uninspired alarm clock? Random annoying beeps certainly don’t make the thought of facing the day any more appealing, but the sound of Pac-Man desperately trying to chow-down on a pair of terrified blue ghosts? Now that’s something to get out of bed for.


Clever Hack Makes A Guitar Sound Just Like A Video Game 

Whenceforth cometh that unusual guitar shred? What is this strange device that makes a guitar sound like the budget score to a ’80s video game? Let me explain.


Hacked Alarm Clock Only Plays 'I Got You Babe'

February 2 is one of the most important non-holidays on the calendar. You don’t get to skip work, but when you get home, you get to watch Bill Murray in Groundhog Day again and again until the clock strikes midnight. And if you want to relive the film every day, Instructables has a fun hack that makes an alarm clock radio play Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” every single morning.


A Jacket With Its Own Laugh Track Makes You Terrifying

A blazer and jeans is just about the official uniform for stand-up comics with a modicum of success, and to guarantee you keep bringing down the house once you’ve made it, the folks at Adafruit have put together a tutorial showing you how to make a jacket with a built-in laugh track (and other useful sound effects).