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Humans and robots alike came out in droves to celebrate the robot-themed installment of the California Academy of Sciences’ weekly Nightlife event. In addition to the Academy’s regular aquarium, planetarium, and rainforest exhibits, attendees enjoyed the chance to interact with a variety of robots. Game of Drones had a large... Read more »

At some point someone got the idea to put a taxidermied animal on a remote control (RC) body. Here’s a few examples of this type of animal-machine hybrid. I’m not sure I would want my pet immortalized like this, but to each his own I suppose… Beloved Cat Turned into a... Read more »

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LittleBits, purveyors of the simple-to-use electronic components with magnetic connectors, is releasing some brand new bits to expand its music capabilities: a MIDI module, a USB I/O module, and a CV module. Musical makers now have the ability to connect their littleBits Synth Kit to any musical equipment they want! In... Read more »

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It’s spring and that means it’s time for nature’s critical pollinators to get busy. As you undoubtedly know, bee populations are in trouble and can use any kind of help they can get. Bees work hard this time of year and need available sources of water to rehydrate. They get... Read more »

DIY Gel Air Fresheners

Turns out, vodka and gelatin are good for more than just jello shots. With a little help from your favorite essential oils, you can transform those common party staples into your own custom-scented DIY gel air fresheners! Whether you’ve got curious kids in the house or a hot date coming... Read more »

Marty Kulmus and his Hooka Smoking Caterpillar – made for the Vallejo Mad Hatter parade

  Glorious spring weather graced the first annual Benicia Mini Maker Faire (about 30 minutes north of Oakland, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area). The lovely thing about Mini Maker Faires is how easy it is to have conversation with these always-interesting makers. The other aspect is the local... Read more »