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VR
YouTuber Builds VR Gloves for Just $22
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VR
YouTuber Builds VR Gloves for Just $22
YouTuber Lucas VRTech developed a pair of open source, finger-tracking VR gloves that cost just $22 in materials.
April 17, 2021

YouTuber Lucas VRTech developed a pair of open source, finger-tracking VR gloves that cost just $22 in materials.

Living Materials
Scientists Hack Kombucha For New Materials
kombucha SCOBY
Living Materials
Scientists Hack Kombucha For New Materials
Scientists are using a modified kombucha SCOBY to create materials that sense pollutants, purify water, or make damage-sensing packaging materials.
January 23, 2021

Scientists are using a modified kombucha SCOBY to create materials that sense pollutants, purify water, or make damage-sensing packaging materials.

The Digital Divide
Cable Companies Won’t, So Rural America Is Building Its Own Broadband Network
broadband internet in rural america
The Digital Divide
Cable Companies Won’t, So Rural America Is Building Its Own Broadband Network
The pandemic revealed how essential the internet is. Now, electric cooperatives that once put rural America on the grid are installing fiber optics.
October 28, 2020

The pandemic revealed how essential the internet is. Now, electric cooperatives that once put rural America on the grid are installing fiber optics.

Education
A Professor's Teaching Hack Lights Up Twitter
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Education
A Professor's Teaching Hack Lights Up Twitter
Educators new to online teaching are struggling to adapt. This teacher created a DIY lightboard that is being widely shared on Twitter.
August 30, 2020

Educators new to online teaching are struggling to adapt. This teacher created a DIY lightboard that is being widely shared on Twitter.

DIY Science
Hackers Build a DIY Satellite Tracker to Eavesdrop on Space
satellite tracker
DIY Science
Hackers Build a DIY Satellite Tracker to Eavesdrop on Space
The NyanSat guided challenge asks hackers to build a satellite tracker, making low-earth-orbit satellites more accessible.
August 16, 2020

The NyanSat guided challenge asks hackers to build a satellite tracker, making low-earth-orbit satellites more accessible.

Coronavirus
Scientists Test DIY Coronavirus Vaccine on Themselves
DIY Coronavirus Vaccine
Coronavirus
Scientists Test DIY Coronavirus Vaccine on Themselves
Scientists have developed a DIY coronavirus vaccine they think could provide protection against COVID-19 — and they’re testing it on themselves.
July 30, 2020

Scientists have developed a DIY coronavirus vaccine they think could provide protection against COVID-19 — and they’re testing it on themselves.

Social Change
Welcome to Morgan’s Wonderland: A Truly Inclusive Amusement Park
Dad Builds Amusement Park for Daughter
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Social Change
Welcome to Morgan’s Wonderland: A Truly Inclusive Amusement Park
This dad couldn’t find a theme park that worked for his daughter with special needs - so he built one.
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September 6, 2019

Imagine seeing your child struggling or completely unable to enjoy normal recreational activities. Water parks, merry-go-rounds, theme parks - all childhood activities that unfortunately, many kids don’t not get to experience. Gordon Hartman couldn’t find an amusement park that would accommodate his daughter, a person with special needs. So he did one any father would do. Using the money from the sale of his successful insurance business, he created one. Hartman built a completely accessible amusement park for kids with special needs in San Antonio, Texas called Morgan’s Wonderland. And this massive, “ultra-accessible” amusement park has all of us wanting to buy tickets.

Making a Difference
Ever Wonder What Happens to Leftover Crayons?
Ever Wonder What Happens to Leftover Crayons?
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Making a Difference
Ever Wonder What Happens to Leftover Crayons?
This dad is melting down old crayons for kids who need them most.
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July 16, 2019

The Crayon Initiative began when father Bryan Ware wondered what happened to the old crayons his kid used at restaurants. It turns out that not only are they not recyclable, they’re toxic to the environment - and typically wind up in landfills after they are thrown away. He had an idea: what if they were melted down and used to make new crayons for kids in need? He decided to do just that, and now hundreds of volunteers are...

Photo Essay
The Final Maker Faire
The Final Maker Faire
Photo Essay
The Final Maker Faire
The maker movement is grieving a big loss with the shutdown of Maker Media. Freethink's Alexandra Cardinale spoke...
June 18, 2019

The maker movement is grieving a big loss with the shutdown of Maker Media. Freethink's Alexandra Cardinale spoke with some of the most creative people at the final Maker Faire.

Innovation
Giving Animals New Legs
Giving Animals New Legs
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Innovation
Giving Animals New Legs
Derrick Campana is a prosthetics engineer helping animals walk again with artificial limbs.
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May 3, 2019

Derrick Campana isn’t your typical... anything. He’s a prosthetics engineer helping animals walk again - or walk for the first time - with artificial limbs. In the old days when an animal had a broken leg, they would often be euthanized--and only if they were very lucky would they wind up with a leg cast. Derrick Campana wants to put those days in the past. He’s creating prosthetics and casts for all manner of...

Dispatches
A "LinkedIn for Cancer" Helps Myeloma Patients Find Help – and Hope
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Dispatches
A "LinkedIn for Cancer" Helps Myeloma Patients Find Help – and Hope
The site aims to help scientists discover new treatments – and empower patients to advocate for their own care.
By Kaitlin Ugolik
January 25, 2019

The site aims to help scientists discover new treatments – and empower patients to advocate for their own care.

Dispatches
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
Dispatches
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
A century after its discovery, insulin is still incredibly expensive, but DIY bio-manufacturing could change that...
September 17, 2018

A century after its discovery, insulin is still incredibly expensive, but DIY bio-manufacturing could change that in a big way.

DIY
The Homemade Internet Service
The Homemade Internet Service
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DIY
The Homemade Internet Service
We all get tired of our internet service. But what if instead of just restarting your router, you started your own internet service?
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February 12, 2018

We all get tired of our internet service. Too expensive, too slow, too many lost signals. But what if instead of just restarting your router, you started your own internet service? Sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what one man did.