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If documentaries are your jam, we had two fantastic, maker-centric docs on our blog this week: One was about the truly expansive model railroad created by a single man, and the other about a record company keeping the craft of vinyl pressing alive (with lots of emphasis on craftsmanship).

Sometimes robotics can be a real sausage fest.

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How does Star Wars latest and cutest droid work? Take a look at the inner workings of BB-8.

Are you the kind of hardware hacker that takes “Warranty Voided” as a badge of honor? Listen up, because this may apply to you: Due to some poorly worded legislation what you’re up to could be considered, of all things, copyright infringement. Sound bogus? Yeah, the Electronics Frontier Foundation thinks so too, and they’re taking a stand.

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Mark Hatch resigns as CEO of TechShop to pursue other ways of promoting the maker movement.

ProtoSpace projects a life-size rendering of whatever craft JPL wants to examine. Here, the upcoming Mars 2020 rover. Photo by Mike Senese

ProtoSpace projects a life-size rendering of whatever craft JPL wants to examine. Here, the upcoming Mars 2020 rover. Photo by Mike Senese

Virtual and augmented reality isn’t just for swinging a lightsaber and catching Pokemon. Learn how NASA is using it to design rockets and rovers for Mars exploration.