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$10 DIY Microscope That Uses A Smartphone For Magnification

$10 DIY smartphone_microscope

Whether you’re a biologist or a student who cannot afford a microscope, and yet want to explore the nature around you to its minutest form, then spare a thought for this $10 DIY microscope conjured up by students at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Using trinkets and hardware supplies worth just $10 and a smartphone, students are building the microscope as project for their biology lab.

Using things like nuts, wing nuts, carriage bolts, plywood, washers, LED lights, keychain flashlight for the stand and laser pointer lenses and a smartphone for magnification, this DIY microscope is capable of operating in actual laboratory settings.

The powerful digital microscope, with magnification levels of up to 175 times (with single laser pointer lens) and up to 400 times (by stacking up two lenses), will serve as a how-to manual for other institutes (for developing such a microscope). Students working on the DIY microscope are enrolled in two bio sciences courses with an associate teaching professor, Terry Wilson.

VIA [ News MST ]

Darth Vader Outdoor Wood Stove Lets You Join The Smoky Side…

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As a writer, it’s nearly impossible to resist the temptation to make Star Wars puns when writing Star Wars related headlines. Our apologies for that. But, unnecessary apologies aside, it’s a pretty cool project you’re looking at. Instructables user “doddieszoomer” took an old bottle of propane, a grinder, a welder and a marker, and created a wood burning stove that would look great in anyone’s backyard. The Instructables link below gives you a step by step, and it looks like the kind of thing easily accomplished in an afternoon by any moderately capable handyman.

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So This Guy Turned His Shower Head Into a Girl…

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The title says it all. A man who goes by the handle ARuFa was bored and lonely, so he embarked on a small DIY project to transform his shower head into something more…personal, weird, and downright creepy. As you can see, he built a girl right over his shower, for lack of a better word.

With a mask, acrylic paint, some newspapers, and duct tape, ARuFA created the face. He completes the look with a wig, a pair of balloons which are stuffed into a hastily put-together body that’s dressed in flimsy lingerie. Either he was really bored or…really bored.

Hit the break to check out in-the-making pictures of the sort-of human shower head.Continue Reading

Game of Phones: An Iron Throne for Your Phone

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Who knew you could make something this awesome from styrofoam, cocktail swords, foam tape, and lots of hot glue? A dude who goes by the username of tumb1r was bored one day, so we he went and made a miniature iron throne for his phone using the stuff we mentioned earlier. Okay, so he wasn’t actually bored, because he set out to make one from the get-go, but what he did here is nothing short of impressive.

Hit the break for pictures of the mobile iron throne while it was in the making.

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Give Your Ninja 250 A Sick New Look With Brasse’s 31BLK Modification Package

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The Kawasaki Ninja 250 is a fine bike, if a little middling. But with Brasse’s modification kit, you can transform it into something considerably more unique.

It comes complete with two gullwing headlamps, a drag speedometer, a new rear fender assembly, right & left component/cover panels, plus options like a quick-release passenger seat, replacement right and left lower fairings, and a side-mount license plate bracket.

“When not in use, the passenger seat is stored on the front of the bike – locking in place with a double slam-latch mounting bracket. When it’s time to give someone a lift, simply unlatch, and slide the parallel 13-inch solid steel rods back into the frame and pin-lock in place.” This gives you the ability to go from a streetfighter look to a passenger-carrying one in seconds. It’s $1,695 for the kit, which happens to include all the tools for the transformation, so you can do it yourself.

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Screw It…With a Wink and a Smile

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Sometimes, even the smallest of details make all the difference. Take these screws that are aptly called the Screw:), for example. They look just like your average screw except for the head, which has a smiley face imprinted right on it. That means conventional screwdrivers won’t work with it either, because you can’t exactly jam it into the smiley face’s eye to screw it in. Instead, you’ll need a custom screwdriver with a protruding smiley face to be able to screw the Screw:) in tightly.

The Screw:) was designed by Studio Yumakano in collaboration with Japan-based screw factory Komuro Manufacturing.Continue Reading

For Singles With a Sense of Humor: DIY Make-Out Pillow

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Valentine’s day sucks for a lot of people–the primary reason being how it makes singles out of place with all the couple-themed offers and dinner deals retailers and restaurants put out that time of the year. But as a single person on happy hearts day, you can either go with the flow and ignore all the red paper hearts strewn all over the place–or have some fun with your singlehood.

If you still find yourself single (but, of course, never alone) on February 14th next year, then here’s a fun project that you can take on, just for the heck of it: the DIY Make-Out Pillow.Continue Reading

Custom Super Mario Drum Set is Awesome

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This Super Mario Brothers-themed drum set was made by Josh Fry and it’s all kinds of awesome. It features everyone’s favorite characters from the Mario franchise, including Mario himself, Luigi, the Princess, and even the Toad. I also see the Fire Flower power up and several question mark blocks that are just ripe for the hitting.

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Super Mario Doorbell is a Huge Level Up From the Usual

You might want to get your tools ready, because you’ll probably never be satisfied with your current doorbell after you see the one programmer Joseph Thai has by his front door. It was created with a Super Mario Brothers theme in mind. The button is covered with an image of a coin, and there’s a counter that keeps track of how many times the doorbell has been pressed (or how many coins have already been collected. Get it?)

Every time a guest presses the coin button, the counter displayed will increment and the coin sound from Mario will be played. As a special bonus, every 10 coins will cause the life-up sound to be played, and every 100 coins will cause the mushroom upgrade sound to be played.

Want to make your own? Joseph was nice enough to post all the technical stuff on his website.

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