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How many times have you stumbled in the dark, trying to locate a torch, only to discover the batteries inside it are dead? It's an inconvenience in the middle of the night, but a genuine problem in an emergency, which is why this roll-up paper torch from Nendo seems like a brilliant idea for when the power unexpectedly goes out.
New research shows that ravens can plan ahead for different types of events, and even resist the urge to take an immediate reward in favour of getting a better one in the future. These capacities are often considered the exclusive domain of humans and great apes, so their presence in birds comes as a surprise.
Video: As a kid, you probably came up with a lot of terrible ideas your parents wisely stopped you from carrying out; that's why you're alive today. But once grown up, you're free to try anything that pops into your mind, like upgrading a toddler-sized tricycle so that it's powered by an old chainsaw.
Video: I'm a total sucker for watching old tools get turned into badarse blades, because seeing random objects get weaponised is such silly dangerous fun. That used to be a thing that tightened bolts! Now it's a knife that will slice your eyes out. Plus, it looks cool as hell. This time, Miller Knives took a monkey wrench and forged it into a swashbuckling knife by the tried and true method of heating it up, bludgeoning it to hell and sharpening it into a deadly curved knife. The wrench's jaws act as the handle.
Were the electronics makers of the world to have their way, every time one of your gadgets broke, you'd simply buy a new one. But most gadgets can be repaired, as the folks at iFixit have revealed time and time again. And the team's newest DIY repair kit gives you all the essentials you need with just a $US20 ($27) price tag.
The phrase "jack of all trades but master of none" might be best suited to describing multi-tools. They're useful in a pinch, when no other tools are available, but the tools are far from ideal. But that's something Gerber wants to change with its new Center-Drive featuring implements that have been specifically redesigned for usability.
The internet's obsession with all things bacon shows no signs of slowing, but for some reason it's happy to ignore the biggest downside to frying up that fat-filled treat: the layer of grease that ends up splattered all over your kitchen. At least someone has acknowledged the problem, and created a brilliantly simple solution.
Video: Even if your carpentry skills aren't much more than having watched a few episodes of Better Homes and Gardens, it's still pretty common knowledge that a drill only works in a straight line. Or does it? Woodshop hacker Izzy Swan created a custom rig that can actually drill a curved hole instead.
Video: You're not going to be a master locksmith after you watch this video showing you three ways to break open a lock, but you might stop putting your faith in cheap padlocks. That's because a few bent paperclips could jimmy the thing open. Even just jamming a screwdriver into the keyhole can make it unlock. Or if you're super experimental, you can trace a key using tape and then cut out its shape on a flimsy metal can.
A tangled mess of cords on your desk is certainly an annoyance, but on a construction site it can be a genuine safety hazard. Limits in battery technology have meant that larger tools still need to get their power from an AC outlet, but Dewalt has finally found a way to make almost every tool cordless.
Even the most advanced robotic vacuums are only designed to deal with dust, light dirt and the occasional food scraps. Try to put them to work on the sawdust covered floors in your workshop and you'll quickly find them clogged and in need of rescue. What you need instead is a robo-vac from a toolmaker like Makita.