In Paraguay, there is a special place named Catuera. It is remarkable for several reason, first is that it is the main trash dumping area for the country. The second is that there are about 10,000 people living there, making a living scavenging and reselling parts that they find. Third, they have an amazing orchestra. [more inside]
My Homemade 40W LASER SHOTGUN!!!!!: An array made of eight parallel five watt lasers, a 'choke' made out of lenses, and a 250 amp battery create destruction from the
future a guy's garage. [slyt]
How to make a cool glowing table using the natural holes in Pecky Cypress and photoluminescent resin.
Burlesque star Bunny Pistol shows off her method for applying decorative face makeup for Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), while also providing a little history about the holiday. [via]
To get you ready for Independence Day, National Geographic has provided some useful tips for photographing fireworks, complete with a pretty gallery.
Step by step tutorial on making beautiful abstract Refractographs; caustic patterns produced as light reflects and refracts through an object. [check the via for some amazing examples]
Do you like cats? Do you enjoy chemistry? Do you appreciate having contraptions sitting around that look a lot like you are working with dangerous and/or illegal substances? If so, here's a detailed DIY guide to steam-distilling concentrated catnip. [more inside]
Making a Kitchen Knife - A simple video showing the art of crafting a chef's knife from scratch. [slyt] [more inside]
"Ever wish you could see the strands of genetic material that make you...you?" NOVA shows you how to extract your DNA with this do-it-yourself tutorial using household items. [via]
Paper flowers are lovely, but if you are feeling crafty and want to make your loved one something a bit different this Valentine's Day, why not make them some Realistic Duct-Tape Roses? [via]
Laser Pointer Hack! A DIY guide to turning your laser pointer into a laser cannon.
Turn a silver coin into a ring with a hammer, an anvil (or something similar), and a drill.
Stuck in the dark without a flashlight and want to impress your friends? Make your own torch! [more inside]