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Man Finishes Building His Own $73,200 CPU, Weighs Half A Tonne

The weekend is a great time to tackle that project you’ve been putting off for a while. Say, building a shelf, painting the bedroom or constructing your own CPU. Allotting time for these… wait, did I just write CPU? Yes, yes I did. And a fellow by the name of James Newman has shown it’s very possible… though it might take longer than a single Sunday.


Wearable Liquid Nitrogen Blasters Give You X-Men Powers Without The Mutation

For some reason every superpower has to come with a downside. The X-Men, for example, are rejected from society for being mutants. But why can’t it just be win-win? It turns out it can — you just need to be a mad scientist like Colin Furze, and build your superpowers yourself.


How To Build Your Own Rick And Morty Portal Gun

The ability to leap seamlessly between parallel universes hasn’t been discovered yet. But using a very loose definition of the word “working,” and with $US40 ($54) (or less!), you too can make your very own portal gun from Rick and Morty.


So You Want To Join The Empire: The Final Lessons

Over the past year, I’ve been documenting how to build a suit of Stormtrooper armour, and a little on how to go about wearing it once you’ve completed it. This week, I’d like to close out the column by taking a look at the bigger picture: what have we learned from this little journey?


Finally, A Playable Version Of The World's Tiniest Violin

It doesn’t take much practice to learn to play the world’s tiniest violin — just a complete and utter lack of sympathy for what someone else is complaining about. But thanks to the folks at Design I/O, your microscopic violin will finally produce actual sad music.


The Secret Ingredient In This Bird Whistle Is Salami

Video: As anyone who has whistled through a blade of grass can tell you, a simple wind instrument can be made of just about anything. But Rulof Maker took “anything” to its logical conclusion by creating this bird whistle from the casing of a dried Italian sausage.


A Drill-Powered Electric Skateboard Is The Silliest Way To Get Around Town

Video: Boosted boards — those snazzy electric longboards — are in high demand, and they’re expensive. Fully decked out, one of these is going to run $US1600 ($2228). And they won’t ship until late July at the absolute earliest. There’s an obvious solution.


How To Take Apart Shipping Pallets Without Hurting Yourself Like An Idiot

Video: Nothing is more closely associated with “upcycling” than the lowly, splintery shipping pallet. You can get them for next to nothing and turn them into sweet boxes, benches, light stands or put the wood towards hundreds nay, thousands of other projects. Here’s how to pull one apart without ending up in the ER.


Someone Built A Real-Life Mechanical Version Of Pong Complete With A Square Ball

Video: A real-life version of Pong would actually be just a ping-pong table, since that’s what the classic video game was based on. But a bunch of clever hackers in Uruguay have succeeded in making a real-life version of the video game that’s still played using a pair of rectangular paddles and a square ball bouncing back and forth.


This DIY Graduation Cap Is A Brilliant Way To Show Mum How Smart You Got In College

Students across America are coming up on graduation season, and Dan Barkus wanted to be sure his family could spot him in the crowd. Naturally, a little tinkering was necessary.


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