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While the return of Twin Peaks to screens next year might spark a new wave of merchandise around the classic series, I would imagine "LEGO Twin Peaks" is probably somewhere on the list of things that will never happen. At least, however, we can dream what might have been with these awesome custom minifigures of the cast.

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Making rope is a deceptively simple task since most people don't realise it's actually a complex weave of smaller strands. But thanks to LEGO master Nico71, if you've ever thought about making your own, you can build this intricately choreographed LEGO braiding machine.

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Have you ever wondered how the largest ships in the world are able to cross Panama as they make their way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic? The locks system in the Panama Canal are a modern engineering marvel, and how they work is now cleverly explained through this new LEGO Education set.

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When you're a kid, building a Lego fortress that can withstand attacks from G.I. Joe and Transformers is a real accomplishment. As an adult, you need a bigger challenge, and that's what Lego's 3,929-piece Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator set provides. It's the most work I've ever put into building a toy, but the resulting edifice makes you feel like you deserve a job at Legoland.

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Video: Sure, people build lots of different things with LEGO, but those are just toys or fun models. To make an actual working skateboard that will be outfitted with trucks and wheels to support the weight of an adult human? To hold up against the punishment of skaters? You need a wildly creative woodworker like Peter Brown to get it done. He took playing with LEGO bricks to another level.

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Researchers have developed a nanoscale engineering method that transforms tiny particles into "LEGO-like" modular building blocks.

Led by the University of Melbourne, the work holds promise for micro and nano scale applications including drug delivery, chemical sensing and energy storage.

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Have you ever tried to get something that you shouldn't through customs? Frankly, I don't know how people summon the nerve. Whether it's illegal drugs, exotic animal meat or counterfeit purses, people will try to smuggle just about anything. And everyone seems to have their own favourite hiding places. But if any of your favourites are on the list below, you might want to rethink your life choices.