Monday, 23 April 2012
Why do people creature miniature landscapes?
I create my terrarium soil from scratch. One should choose a soil suited to the plants inside. If you’re creating a succulent terrarium, buy a succulent and cacti terrarium mix. Otherwise, use a regular potting mix. I mix a half-cup of activated charcoal into the soil mix. The charcoal will keep the soil fresh. In addition, being porous, the charcoal adds some needed lightness and drainage to the soil. I add layers of sand or other materials to add visual interest to the bottom of the terrarium, making certain these materials are inert and will not leach any harmful chemicals into the soil.
James Modern Terrariums | Colossal
Saturday, 21 April 2012
WARNING: RXTX Version mismatch
Jar version = RXTX-2.2pre1
native lib Version = RXTX-2.2pre2
After much searching I have found the solution for mac:
-Go into your arduino folder under (contents/resources/java) then copy RXTXcomm.jar and librxtxserial.jinlib
-paste into processing (java/libraries/serial/library)
-also paste into (hd/library/java/extensions)
This seems to have solved the mismatch error.
Monday, 26 March 2012
just plug it into your usb port on you pc, install the software, and create an easybloom user account - all within 5 minutes
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Fruit Fly TrapBuild a fruit fly trap out of a 2-liter plastic bottle. Fruit flies are easy to catch in warm weather. Once you catch some, you will be able to see their life cycle up-close.
- 2-liter plastic bottle
- butter tub
- film canister
- masking tape
Make a small hole in the lid
Cut top / tape it upside down
Cut bottom off of bottle
Tape film canister to butter tub
Add fruit to film canister / push pieces together
2 Weeks LaterWatch carefully, they're tiny, it happens fast. The females in your trap will lay eggs, and in a few days they'll hatch. Watch for the different stages - eggs, larvae, pupae, fruit fly. The entire life cycle only takes about 2 weeks.
Fruit Fly ColonyUse your fruit fly colony to feed a spider or praying mantis living in a Predator-Prey Column.
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Monday, 6 February 2012
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Saturday, 4 February 2012
IntroductionBefore environmental pressures forced Hexbugs to evolve to operate on land, they were originally amphibious creatures that were found in damp environments. Perhaps like humans losing their gills and the ability to breathe underwater, Hexbugs may have lost their waterproofness during the evolutionary process. They may however retain the innate ability to swim.
HypothesisIf they were waterproof, Hexbugs would be able to swim.
ConclusionOnce waterproofed, Hexbugs operate underwater just as effectively as they do on desks and floors. This is also a quick and fun experiment that creates a minimal amount of mess and doesn't require soldering.
Future WorkFuture experimenters may look at using bristlebots to search for pollution released into sewer systems
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Plunge into a fast-paced undersea world where life is survival of the quickest. Identify the lowest creature in the food chain then slap it before other players scarf it down.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
NoClean Aquariums™... the Fastest, Easiest, Mess-Free &FUN way to have an Aquarium.People love aquariums because of their soothing, natural beauty. They make a stunning addition to any home or office and are great for kids. The only drawback is the cleaning. It’s a dirty, messy time consuming chore.
So we set out to design an aquarium that breaks down these barriers so anyone can have a beautiful, fun-to-watch aquarium without the hassles.