Polish chemist Jan Czochralski, joysticks and patch points spawned this drum machine

Start with a chemical process that grows crystals and silicon for semiconductors, build a multi-layered 6-7 voice drum machine around it, cover it with patch points and clusters of knobs and joysticks, and you get the Czochralski¬†cells. It’s a complex drum machine rather unlike anything before it.

Uganda’s Afrorack goes from modular synths to a DIY disinfectant; more efforts worldwide

Brian Bamanya made a name making DIY modular synths, but now he’s applying voltage to another task – making sodium hypochlorite (aka bleach). Science! That joins a growing number of efforts of DIYers turning to fight the pandemic head-on.

Peter Kirn - April 7, 2020

These Students Put Out Fires with The Power of Bass

The next time you’re facing a life-threatening fire in, say, your kitchen, you may simply shout, “where’s the drop?” George Mason University engineering seniors Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have made a fire extinguisher that works entirely using sound. If you haven’t seen it making the social media rounds yet, of course, it’s worth posting […]

Peter Kirn - March 31, 2015

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