Build a Slick Looking DIY USB Rechargeable Solder Fume Extractor

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Build a Slick Looking DIY USB Rechargeable Solder Fume Extractor

The solder fume extractor is a bit of a DIY classic, so it’s no surprise that Adafruit’s put together an updated guide that uses some modern components alongside a cleverly designed 3D printed case.

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The core of this project uses a USB charger, Lithium Polymer battery, and of course, a 3D printed case (which is easy enough to have someone print for you). It’s a pretty useful little project that’ll help ensure you’re not breathing in all those fumes while you’re soldering. It’s a pretty slick looking case all around, so head over to Adafruit for the guide to make it for yourself.

USB Rechargeable Mini Solder Fume Extractor | Adafruit

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A Stanford professor says eliminating 2 phrases from your vocabulary can make you more successful

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The way you speak not only affects how others perceive you; it also has the potential to shape your behavior.

Swapping one word for another could make all the difference in how you approach your goals.

That’s according to Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering at Stanford and the academic director of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, the d.school.

In his new book, "The Achievement Habit," Roth suggests several linguistic tweaks that can make you more successful. Here are two of the easiest:

1. Swap ‘but’ for ‘and’

You might be tempted to say, "I want to go to the movies, but I have work to do."

Instead, Roth suggests saying, "I want to go to the movies, and I have work to do."

He writes: "When you use the word but, you create a conflict (and sometimes a reason) for yourself that does not really exist." In other words, it’s possible to go to the movies as well as do your work — you just need to find a solution.

Meanwhile, when you use the word and, "your brain gets to consider how it can deal with both parts of the sentence," Roth writes. Maybe you’ll see a shorter movie; maybe you’ll delegate some of your work.

2. Swap ‘have to’ for ‘want to’

Roth recommends a simple exercise: The next few times you say "I have to" in your mind, change have to want.

"This exercise is very effective in getting people to realize that what they do in their lives — even the things they find unpleasant — are in fact what they have chosen," he says.

For example, one of Roth’s students felt he had to take the math courses required for his graduate program, even though he hated them. At some point after completing the exercise, he realized that he really did want to take the classes because the benefit of completing the requirement outweighed the discomfort of sitting through classes he didn’t enjoy.

Both of these tweaks are based on a key component of a problem-solving strategy called "design thinking." When you employ this strategy, you try to challenge your automatic thinking and see things as they really are.

And when you experiment with different language, you may realize that a problem isn’t as unsolvable as it seems, and that you have more control over your life than you previously believed.

SEE ALSO: A Stanford professor says eliminating this one daily behavior can make you more successful

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Biking Ridiculously Fast Down a Bobsled Track Is a Crazy Thing to Do

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Biking Ridiculously Fast Down a Bobsled Track Is a Crazy Thing to Do

It’s like this whole bike race is in fast forward or something. But it’s actually just on an abandoned bobsled track on the mountain Trebevic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The speed that the bikers reach and the angles at which they are riding are totally insane so it’s best for us mere mortals to stay away from the real life equivalent of podracing in Star Wars.


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This is the tech Intel used to turn Lady Gaga into David Bowie for the Grammys

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When David Bowie died in January, there was an outpouring of grief for the artist who made innovation in performance mainstream. To pay tribute to Bowie, Lady Gaga teamed up with tech company Intel to produce a show which used holography, robotics, 3-D motion graphics, and live video processing.

She performed nine Bowie songs in six minutes at the Grammys: “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fashion,” “Fame,” “Let’s Dance” and “Heroes.” The act was widely regarded as a big success and the visual spectacle was incredible.

Intel’s advert which aired immediately around the performance on CBS gave a rare view behind the scenes of the run up to the Grammys show. There was some criticism on Twitter that Intel aired its commercial immediately after the tribute, but without it viewers would know less about how the remarkable performance was put together.

Here’s a rundown of the technologies Intel used:

To create the animated make-up on Gaga’s face Intel captured a 3-D scan of Gaga’s face in 12 different poses, Vanity Fair reported.

The result was a CGI spider crawling across Ziggy Stardust’s signature lightning bolt.

 

Intel made holograms of dancers, Gaga, and Bowie himself for the performance.

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