NASA Released Free 3D-Printable Models Of Its Probes and Spacecraft

There are very few private citizens with enough money to recreate NASA's fantastic space explorations. But, there are plenty of private citizens with enough money to buy a 3D printer, and now that NASA has released a bunch of free 3D models of many of its interstellar crafts and probes, almost anyone can build their… » 8/14/14 10:37am 8/14/14 10:37am

How To Make Self-Igniting Fire Arrows For Your Next Medieval Siege

When you're tasked with invading a fortified castle, the easiest way to defeat your foes is to burn their home from the inside out. And while we've lost some of the medieval skills mastered by our ancestors, it turns out that creating your own self-igniting fire arrows isn't that difficult thanks to modern technology. » 5/12/14 11:20am 5/12/14 11:20am

Unravel the Mysteries Of the Arduino With This Crash Course Starter Kit

If there's one common feature among all the cool hacks and DIY projects you'll find online these days, it's that they're usually made with an Arduino microcontroller of some sort. But if you lack the programming and electronics know-how to use an Arduino to bring your own creations to life, this simple starter kit » 4/23/14 11:20am 4/23/14 11:20am

This Is the Simplest Explanation of Climate Change You'll Ever See

Climate change is one of the most complex areas of scientific study out there, causing physicists, chemists and meteorologists alike to scratch their heads—so it's understandable that the rest of us find it a little difficult to grasp. But this video is your best chance yet of understanding the topic. » 4/23/14 8:40am 4/23/14 8:40am

How would you die if you got swallowed by a black hole?

According to physicists, there are three, er, two and a half different theories on how a person would die if they got sucked in by a black hole: stretched like a spaghetti noodle, burnt like a toast and maybe even scrambled. Nova PBS explains that if the argument on how people would die if swallowed by a black hole… » 3/06/14 12:33am 3/06/14 12:33am

All Science Should Be Taught With Pop-Up Books Like This One

Securing his place as one of the greatest teachers of our time, Michael Molina's discussion of tectonic plates, continental drift, and how our world started out as one large land mass called Pangaea, is brought to life through this awesome educational pop-up book created by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya. » 2/06/14 9:40am 2/06/14 9:40am

Cramming For Anatomy Is Easier When Your Book Turns Into a Skeleton

Because unfortunately movie versions of medical textbooks are all too rare, if you're cramming for an upcoming exam on the human skeletal system and the last thing you want to do is spend the night reading, this wonderful $32 tome can be turned into an almost six-foot tall paper skeleton. Nothing beats hands-on… » 10/31/13 5:20pm 10/31/13 5:20pm

This Animated Globe Lets You See the Earth Like You Were in Space

When Google Maps can deliver detailed views of the world with imagery that zooms right down to our backyards, they're can't be much demand for desk globes anymore. So a Japanese company called Gakken has taken its Worldeye globe to another level by turning it into a display that can show everything from weather… » 10/18/13 3:20pm 10/18/13 3:20pm

A Counting Pop-up Book That Appeals To Toddlers and Designers Alike

Even if you already boast a mastery of counting to ten, a refresher course is never a bad idea—particularly when it's this beautiful. Marion Bataille's Numero is a pop-up counting book, chronicling the numbers one to ten with simplistic layered shapes that are sure to entertain and educate kids, while also inspiring… » 9/26/13 5:00pm 9/26/13 5:00pm

The Science of Rocket Fuel Explained With Soda Bottles and Slo-Mo

Rocket engines require two important ingredients to fire: fuel, and an oxidizer. And to get the most bang for your buck with those ingredients, you need to find the perfect recipe. As the BBC series Bang Goes the Theory demonstrates with three plastic soda bottles, maxing out on either ingredient doesn't produce as… » 4/11/13 4:20pm 4/11/13 4:20pm

Watch Gear Pantone Chart: Layers of Gorgeous Time-Keeping Guts

In the horological world, Skeleton watches are some of the most tricky to design and build since all of the timepiece's inner workings are completely exposed and visible at all times. They can also be a great teaching aide, which is why Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet hired artist Krzysztof J. Lukasik to create this… » 3/14/13 9:23am 3/14/13 9:23am

Eames House Alphabet Blocks: M Is For "Make Your Kids Cooler"

Terrible aesthetics and children's toys go hand in hand. Barbie's "Dreamhouse" is an uninspired architectural disaster, and the font used on most alphabet blocks leaves design-minded parents actually missing Comic Sans. But what's the alternative? How about a set of alphabet blocks with beautiful typography and… » 1/22/13 10:19am 1/22/13 10:19am

Unorthodox Alphabet Blocks For Your Budding Mad Scientist

It doesn't matter what unspeakable acts or atrocities they grew up to commit, at one point all mad scientists—from Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. No—started life as adorable infants. But what turns an innocent toddler into an adult with a penchant for world domination? This set of mad scientist-themed alphabet blocks might… » 1/01/13 7:00pm 1/01/13 7:00pm