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How to Make a Cardboard Raptor

How to Make a Cardboard Raptor / Boing Boing Infowars host Alex Jones is one of Donald Trump’s more obviously insane supporters. And even for Jones, this latest stunt is pretty insane. READ THE REST In this video from The Royal Institution, University of Oxford Accelerator Physicist Dr. Suzie Sheehy explains about how you go about designing a particle accelerator. READ THE REST New York-based …

You Only Need 2 Items to Make These 20 Halloween Costumes

Believe it or not, Halloween‘s coming up. And while many may spend hours prepping and picking out their costumes, you, on the other hand, are looking for something simple. Something quick. Something that’ll still turn heads, but can preferably be made with items you already own. Well, you’re in luck: ahead we’ve rounded up 20 costumes that require a mere two pieces to get your …

Hand-Crafted Poké Ball May Be Peak Pokémon, But Is Still Totally Awesome

The artisan behind this Pokémon “Poké Ball” (aka Monster Ball) masterpiece is Jasper Hams. You can purchase one for about $133 on Etsy, which seems pretty reasonable given how fancy and perfect it is! report this ad Jim Jones writes, “I have been playing The Warren, Marshall Miller’s role playing game about being rabbits, with my three kids for a …

Stick a Raspberry Pi into a Nintendo cartridge for some retro DIY fun

In a particularly clever if destructive hack, a maker named Zach cleared out the guts of an NES cartridge and stuck in a Raspberry Pi Zero and an Amazon USB hub to create the ultimate retro NES emulator. It even fits back into its original sleeve for easy storage. The project is surprisingly simple. All you really need to do is crack the cartridge case …

Makeshift candles from household items

Makeshift candles from household items / Boing Boing If the power goes out, Willow Haven Outdoor reminds us you might have some household items that would make a good candle. One crayon is great, but three lashed together with a wick in the middle will last even longer. Wicks can be made from twine, string mops, or the drawstring from some clothes in a bind. …

Meet the Megaprocessor: a 16-bit CPU the size of a room

Chipmaking is a relentless competition to make transistors smaller and smaller. Such refined technology is as inscrutable to users as angels dancing on the head of a few hundred copper pins, so James Newman set out to make a working CPU whose every connection can be explored and understood by students. “Like all modern processors the Megaprocessor is built from transistors,” he writes. “It’s …