This weekend my laminator broke. A mix of laminate and paper managed to wrap itself around the rollers and gummed up the whole mechanism.
I could have quite easily (and cheaply) bought a new one. But I didn’t. I took the old one apart and fixed it.
Not only did I save myself some money, I also learnt a little bit more about how a laminator works. So next time something breaks why not try fixing it before you buy a new one? What’s the worst that could happen? It’s broken anyway; you can only make it more broken.
This is what had jammed itself in the mechanism:
NASA has started posting HD videos to its YouTube channel. One of the first videos posted was this incredible stop-motion video of the ISS in orbit around Earth.
Make sure you click the ‘ HD’ icon to watch in high definition.
When I teach about bubble chamber particle detectors I often use etched drink glasses as an example; so I was pleased to come across this beermat:
The All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE) rover is a next-generation robotic lunar exploration vehicle.
ATHLETE is designed to load and transport heavy loads across the rough lunar surface. Each rover can carry half a ton and multiple rovers can work together to transport heavier loads.
ATHLETE can roll and walk across the lunar surface and can even use a grappling hook to rappel down steep slopes.
There are some amazing videos of ATHLETE in action at its JPL homepage.