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Photos: 10 highlights of World Maker Faire

Here are ten of the best, wackiest, and smartest exhibits from this weekend's World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science.

Caroline McCarthy
Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.
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Life Size Mousetrap

One of the most high-profile attractions at World Maker Faire 2010 was the Life Size Mousetrap, a human-sized version of the classic board game. Instead of dropping a mousetrap, it drops a two-ton safe, and at this installment of Maker Faire the victim was a New York taxi.

World Maker Faire was held over the weekend at the New York Hall of Science.

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Madagascar Institute chariots

The Madagascar Institute, a Brooklyn-based arts-and-engineering collective, had set up a bevy of intentionally dangerous carnival rides ("Safety Third!") as well as "chariot races." The most notable of the "chariots" was shaped like a massive squid, and yes, its tentacles wiggled.

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WindowFarms.org

Not everything at Maker Faire was over-the-top ridiculous. WindowFarms.org was selling and promoting hydroponic plant-growing kits that can be installed in windows, with deficiencies in sunlight made up for with compact fluorescent light bulbs.

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Paella at Maker Faire

Serving paella, a complicated rice-and-seafood dish and staple of Spanish cuisine, is a tradition at Maker Faire. Chef Gerard Nebesky presided over the cooking of astonishing amounts of the dish, created in some of the biggest pans the Maker Faire attendees had ever seen.

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FishBikez

On the more irreverent side of Maker Faire artistry, designer Philip Pond and friends were riding around FishBikez, bicycles encased in fabric and wood in the shapes of sea creatures. Pond says that he hopes to eventually sell kits for anyone to make a FishBikez vehicle.

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Marshmallow Shooters

Every parent's nightmare: Kids at Maker Faire were clustered around a booth selling Marshmallow Shooter kits, which let them construct "guns" out of plastic pipes that will eventually let them shoot marshmallows to their hearts' content.

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3D printers at Maker Faire

3D printers were everywhere at Maker Faire. This high-end one, from 3D Systems, is capable of printing out complex models and figures including giant chess pieces.

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MakerBot's 3D printers

A start-up called MakerBot Industries represented the more indie side of 3D printing, selling kits like its new "Thing-O-Matic" ($1225) and "Cupcake" ($649) to classrooms and households.

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The BioBus

A repurposed school bus called the BioBus was on-site at Maker Faire, full of lab equipment to teach kids about cell biology. Comedian Stephen Colbert famously gave a cell sample to the BioBus this spring so that kids could analyze what he's made of (besides gags).

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Chocri custom chocolates

Foodies and crafters were equally welcome at Maker Faire alongside the mad scientists and their robots. A start-up called Chocri was exhibiting its products: custom organic, fair-trade chocolate bars that are sold through the company's online marketplace.

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