Astrida had this to say: “I’ll be talking about DIY Holiday crafts and NYC Resistor on NPR’s Science Friday radio broadcast today at 3pm, tune in!”
Avoid the long lines this season and hack your holiday gifts. Want to try making your own perfume or turning a scarf into a surround sound speaker system? Eric Wilhelm, founder of Instructables, and Astrida Valigorsky, a member of NYC Resistor, share their favorite holiday hacks and do-it-yourself geeky gifts.
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