The Photo’s Rise

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For over 150 years The New York Times has been the pre-emetitive news paper of the United States.  Yes, in recent times it has started to lean more towards the left, but it still presents mostly all sides of a story.  I won’t get into the politics of the paper, that’s not worth the effort. … Continued

Fun with Magnets!

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Powerful permanent magnets are fun to play around with and experiment and learn from.  Aptly named Instructables user Magnetic Games has a short 2 step instructable that  shows how to make a few neat things. Actually, his YouTube channel is full of interesting experiments and toys you could make with ease with magnets.  I think the gears … Continued

Periodic Battleship

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I’ve posted many different Periodic Tables over the years.  Here’s one that’s actually supposed to get you to learn things.  Although, I guess The Actual Periodic Table could have handled that too. The initial version of this doesn’t really seem that learning.  It’s just adding some letters to the rows so that you have a grid … Continued

How Gravity Works

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In Super Mario Galaxy that is.  Not in real life.  In real life, Gravity is magic, end it there.  If you’ve never played Super Mario Galaxy, you should.  It really is one of the most fun games I’ve played in recent memory.  Nintendo really does know how to make an engaging game with tons of … Continued

Gears

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Gear reduction is pretty basic mechanical engineering.  It’s used everywhere and in everything.  It’s a great way to give a person an introduction as how various machines work, and how to increase torque, or speed.  The above contraption, made by Oskar van Deventer, has an astonishing gear ratio of 11,373,076 to 1.  That means, the … Continued

Penny Crusher Machine

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I’m sure you’ve all seen these penny crusher machines.  They are pretty ubiquitous on vacations and are a great cheap souvenir.  Well, besides the common question of is this legal, which it is, so stop asking, the other question is how do they work? In actuality, it’s a pretty simple process, a penny is pushed through … Continued

Giant Metal Things

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It doesn’t matter that this video is in German, watch it on mute, it’s pretty enjoyable, well, it is if you have somewhat of an interest in engineering that is.  I used to be a Civil Engineer, remember?  Before this website corrupted me into the technology sector.  Man, what a change that is. Watching these … Continued

How Sorts Work

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Sorting things is hard, there’s various different methods involved, some better than others based on the data you’re given and so on.  All of them are involved be it memory, or time.  Some are easy to explain, but overall unless you’re really paying attention to the math at hand, you don’t get it.  This is … Continued