A do-it-yourself air purifier in use in a classroom.
3D printers got a lot of attention when DIYers leapt to action to address equipment shortages early in the pandemic, but some everyday items found in hardware stores played a big role, too.
A DIY satellite ground station in London, UK.
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With an antenna, a laptop and some software, you can take a picture of Earth from space.
To Ono, imaginative acts were a form of survival.
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Ono’s commitment to regenerative rituals is instructive in an era of turmoil and instability.
Building a culture of cycling is essential, especially where bike use is low. A global movement of community bike workshops, also known as bike kitchens, can help.
Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
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Engineering students in Malawi and Tanzania have used the materials and tools available to them to build ventilators, personal protective equipment and UV disinfection systems.
Suddenly unable to smell your morning coffee? You likely have COVID-19.
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COVID-19 patients often lose their sense of smell and taste. This is rare for a viral infection. At-home smell tests could be used as a screening tool and help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Many items labeled “Made in China” could be made on people’s desktops instead.
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The rush to make personal protective equipment like facemasks and face shields using 3D printers shows that the technology can help circumvent global supply chain disruptions.
Natosha, a houseless resident in Los Angeles’ Skid Row points to a DIY handwashing station.
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A community effort is creating do-it-yourself hand-washing stations for the homeless population in Los Angeles.
Grinding for Nottingham.
It was once seen as a public menace – now, skateboarding is a global sport that empowers young people to improve their cities.
Too much choice?
Sounds too cheap to be true? It probably is.
Dr. Kofi Amegah of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, installing a small air sensing unit built by the University of Massachusetts.
Citizens and activists are using cheap off-the-shelf sensors to collect their own data on air pollution. It’s a promising trend, but these devices have serious technical limitations.
DIY antennas are often placed in churches for better visibility, longer distance and better quality connections.
A more democratic internet is possible via personal and community networking. Find out how to build your own connection to the world.
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Essential reading for green-fingered urbanites and guerrilla gardeners.
It worked for these people in Liverpool.
Housing People, Building Communities
With high prices and long waiting lists for existing houses, building your own home could make more sense.
It’s dirty work… and that’s only the visible dust.
Tiny nanoparticles emitted during building work can enter your lungs and bloodstream.
The scientific evidence for brain stimulation is only in its initial stages.
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A simple procedure requiring only a nine-volt battery and a few cords strapped to your head is gaining momentum with DIY types eager to improve brain function. Brain stimulation involves weak electric…
Glowing plants are frivolous? Most people don’t think so.
The hobbyists who conduct biology in their garage are not a threat to society, according to a recent report published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. They aren’t developing a new…
A home-made hexapod robot on display at a Mini Maker Faire at Somerville in the US.
One evening when I was young, my father confiscated my radio because he said I was playing it too loud (I wasn’t). Fortunately, I had a bunch of broken down receivers in my room, so I built a new one…