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Turning This Toy Fish Inside Out Reveals All Its Glorious Guts

Way back in 2014, Rachel Ciavarella created an unusual plush toy called Morris that could be turned inside out, revealing the fish’s inner biology. The stuffed animal was actually just an experiment in textures and materials, but so many people reached out wanting to buy one that Rachel is finally making the toy…

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Andrew Liszewski

November 22nd

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Lego Made a Miniature Working Version of the Panama Canal

Have you ever wondered how the largest ships in the world are able to cross Panama as they make their way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic? The locks system in the Panama Canal are a modern engineering marvel, and how they work is now cleverly explained through this new Lego Education set.

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Andrew Liszewski

November 16th

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Do You Love Pokémon Enough to Spend $20,000 on a Pikachu Watch?

Watchmaker Romain Jerome has created some truly unique timepieces over the years featuring actual pieces of the Titanic, authentic moon dust, and even steel from the Statue of Liberty. But we’re having a hard time finding a way to justify the $20,000 price tag on this RJ X Pokémon watch.

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Andrew Liszewski

October 19th

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Dyson’s New Canister Vacuum Will Always Right Itself After It Falls Over

Upright vacuums with the dust bin and motor all attached to the handle can be a bit heavy to push around, but canister vacs are notorious for constantly tipping as they roll across your floors. Possibly taking inspiration from those classic Fisher-Price Weebles toys that never fall over, Dyson has created a canister vacuum that can always right itself.

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Andrew Liszewski

September 1st

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Withings’ Connected Scale Now Tracks the Health of Your Heart Too

A record of your progress is a fantastic motivator when you’re trying to lose weight, which is probably why Withings’ connected scale has been popular enough to warrant a fourth iteration already. But the latest version, now called the Body Cardio, adds an additional metric for measuring the health of your heart as well.

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Andrew Liszewski

June 8th

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I Had a Lot of Fun Repeatedly Crashing this Flying USS Enterprise (Don’t Tell Starfleet)

Having made drones easy enough for even a child to fly, Spin Master has taken one of its quadcopters—which impressed us in the past —and turned it into a flying version of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise . You don’t need any Starfleet training to take the controls, but you will want to spend a bit of time practicing piloting your starship.

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Andrew Liszewski

June 2nd

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This Build-it-Yourself Ghostbusters’ Proton Pack Is the Coolest Thing You Will See Today

You’ll get a lot more respect from other cosplayers when you can confidently say you built your own props. But for those us lacking the requisite skills to do so, Anovos has a new build-it-yourself Ghostbusters Proton Pack kit up for pre-order that ensures your results will still look movie-accurate—and not like a six-year-old’s craft project.

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Andrew Liszewski

May 11th

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The World’s Simplest Drone Has Just One Moving Part

Last year’s DARPA challenge proved that the more complex something is, the more ways there are for it to fail. This applies to drones just as it does to robots. With that thinking in mind, the creators of the Monospinner took a different approach to drone design, building a controllable craft that flies with just a single moving part: its propeller.

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Andrew Liszewski

May 2nd

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The Most Beautiful Version of Monopoly Yet Celebrates Japanese Arts and Crafts

After licensing the classic board game to a company called USAopoly, there’s now a version of Monopoly for almost every fan base you can imagine. But the latest version of the game, which celebrates Japanese arts and crafts traditions, might be one of the most beautiful yet.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 22nd

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The Dinosaurs at Every Museum Should Do This

You can pretend you’re there to marvel at the Egyptian antiquities, but deep down the only reason anyone visits a museum is to check out its dinosaurs. And while a towering T-rex skeleton is impressive, the Melbourne Museum just opened a new exhibit featuring shockingly life-like animatronic dinos.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 15th

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