Clinical labs have used Sherlock to identify bacteria quickly and inexpensively. Now that bioterrorism is considered a serious threat, the analyzer from MIDI Inc. is also being used to detect biowarfare agents. To shorten the time needed to determine which agents are being used, Sherlock was recently upgraded with 32-bit hardware. The Agilent 6850 GC gas chromatograph system is the hardware base, making it possible to do tests quickly for under $3 per sample.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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