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World’s largest Rube Goldberg machine created at Purdue

World’s largest Rube Goldberg machine created at Purdue

Over the years, we've seen some pretty interesting Rube Goldberg machines. These are machines that use all sorts of things such as water, rolling balls, and other tricks in a series to keep a mechanical machine operating. The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team has crushed its own world record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine.

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DIY Birdman soars like an albatross

DIY Birdman soars like an albatross

"Up in the air, Junior Birdman!" A Dutch inventor has successfully created a pair of human-scale bird wings that, thanks to a DIY control system using Wiimotes among other things, allowed him to fly around 100m. Enthusiast Jarno Smeets mimicked the wing design of an albatross, with wings crafted from kite fabric and the flyer's own flapping efforts amplified by motors.

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Lego + Transformers + Gameboy = Nerdgasm

Lego + Transformers + Gameboy = Nerdgasm

I had a Game Boy back in the day, and at the time it was pretty cool. Compared to today's standards it was horrible, but so things go with progress. Back in the day, the Game Boy was one of my favorite things along with Tetris. I also had a serious fixation on Transformers and Lego. A geek named Julius von Brunk has crafted a mashup that wraps all three of those 80s favorites in one project, and it's awesome.

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Cryoscope forecasts the weather in the easiest way possible

Cryoscope forecasts the weather in the easiest way possible

Each morning when my seven-year-old daughter wakes up, the first thing she asks me is how cold it's going to be. If I tell her a specific number like 50°, she looks at me as if I asked her to solve an algebra equation. The next thing out of her mouth is, "do I need a jacket or not?" That's all she really wants to know; weather from a child's perspective can be distilled three basic things – shorts or pants or jacket. I think a lot of us are like that when it comes to the weather.

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Awesome stools made from recycled computer hardware

Awesome stools made from recycled computer hardware

I bet many geeks are like me, when I replaced my old computer hardware and technology products, I tend to keep the old stuff. I keep that old stuff because it's generally not broken, I just want newer, cooler gear, and you never know when something old and slow might come in handy. If you have a bunch of your old tech gear sitting around that you really don't want, and you are trying to think of something cool to do with it a geek named Rodrigo Alonso has a heck of an idea.

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Star Wars Uncut Directors Cut fan-stitched masterpiece now online in its entirety

Star Wars Uncut Directors Cut fan-stitched masterpiece now online in its entirety

It's been nearly 3 years in development and thousands of hours of blood, sweat, and fun had in the process, and it's finally here: the complete re-make of Star Wars: A New Hope constructed entirely of fan-made 15 second clips. This project was originally called Star Wars Uncut, and this final product is of course called Star Wars Uncut: Director's Cut, and stitches together the entire set of hundreds of clips into one perfected bunch. This version is the "final" version of the film, and is available for you to watch 100% for free and in its entirety.

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Slingshot heating mechanism helps create more power

Slingshot heating mechanism helps create more power

The slingshot madman Joerg Sprave recently showed off something about a slingshot that is pretty cool. When you stretch the rubber band that propels whatever you are shooting from the slingshot, the band heats up and has more pulling force. The bands start to cool right away, and the force of the slingshot is reduced.

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