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The Fire Piston

The Fire Piston

12/18/2012

Carl von Linde was dead tired. The eminent engineer, considered the father of the modern refrigerator, had just returned to...

The Chinese Windlass

The Chinese Windlass

12/18/2012

In the summer of 1860, the Second Opium War was reaching its climax. Three years earlier, Britain and France had...

Double Pendulum

Double Pendulum

12/18/2012

Devices that demonstrate true chaotic behavior (in a strict mathematical sense) are rare. Even rarer are chaotic devices that are...

The Flame Tube

The Flame Tube

12/18/2012

Fiery devices have always fascinated me. From Jam Jar Jets (MAKE Volume 05) to Fire Pistons (Volume 19) to Faux...

Jam Jar Jet

Jam Jar Jet

12/18/2012

Build a simple pulsejet engine in an afternoon.

blowhard

Big Blowhards

08/22/2012

Who will be the first to make a machine that propels a pumpkin more than a mile?

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