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The 20 Greatest Driving Roads in the World

If you're gonna hit the road, hit some of the best roads on Earth.<p>A great road challenges everyday notions, replacing the familiar–the dull grind of everyday commuting–with the epic: turns, terrain and landscape that adjust our perception of the world. But most of all, it elicits a thrill. These 20 …

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How to Restore Your Data After a Hard Drive Crash

So you remember to back up your data before a hard drive crash. Congratulation. But now it'd time to get down to the hard work of restoring your data. Here's how.<p><b>When my computer wouldn't boot for the</b> second time in one week, I knew the end was coming for the 4-year-old PC. It was hard to diagnose …

25 Skills Every Man Should Know: Your Ultimate DIY Guide

These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to do yourself. Study our master list with step-by-step tips from the experts, and test your DIY aptitude each step of the way.<p>These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to …

How to Drive on the Beach--Without Getting Stuck

Driving on hard-packed beach sand, like at Daytona Beach, is a piece of cake. Any car will do, because the moisture in the sand keeps it cohesive. The biggest problem you might have is leaving the car parked until the tide comes in. Loose, fluffy sand, however, is a more difficult proposition. Here …

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

20 DIY Mistakes We've Made (So You Don't Have To)

The editors here at Popular Mechanics would like you to know that we're not perfect. Whether tackling home improvements or making automotive repairs, we've all made our fair share of mistakes. Here are some of the worst. If you've got some that you'd like to share, send them to …

From Bystander to Hero: How to be the First Responder to 10 Disasters

You've called 911, but someone needs help immediately. Whether it's saving someone from a burning car, fighting a fire or rescuing trapped victims from a collapsed building, ordinary people can learn the simple skills to do extraordinary things.

What Is the Safest Seat on a Plane?

We take an exclusive look at 36 years' worth of NTSB reports and seating charts. The best way to live through a disaster in the sky? Move to the back of the Airbus.<p>MYTH: It Doesn't Matter Where You Sit<p><b>"One seat is as safe as the other."</b> - Boeing Web site<p><b>"It's an age-old question. There's just no</b> …

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How to Survive Absolutely Anything

Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other disasters can turn a region upside down in a day. And for some unlucky families the crisis may last for weeks if not months.<p>Disaster planning begins before you even choose your home, with a simple investigation of the risks that you will face. Is …

9 Mowing Tips to Cut the Lawn of Your Dreams

Cutting grass is an art, as any well-groomed ballpark shows. We tell you how to turn your lawn into a field of dreams.<p><b>1. Plan Your Attack</b><p>Your dad says the only way to mow a lawn is to trim the edges first, which puts the clippings back into the grass to be mulched by the mower. He's not wrong, but …

How to Capture Perfect Fireworks Photos

Getting the perfect shot of the fireworks display at your July 4th celebration is easier than you think.<p>Independence Day is just around the corner, which means it's time for fireworks. And if you've ever tried to snap a pic during the big show, you already know capturing bright pyrotechnics lit up …

Watch: Excavator Mulchers Are Tree-Eating Behemoths

Watch this machine reduce an entire tree to nothing within seconds.<p>We love our big machines. But this one's a little scary. The excavator mulcher is a tree-shredding merchant of death—here, in 15 seconds flat, this machine swallows a 30-foot spruce. Poof, gone.<p><i>Via NPR.</i>

How to Fold an American Flag: Diagram

Rule number 1: Don't let Old Glory touch the ground.<p>It's Flag Day, which means you should know the right way to fold Old Glory.<p>It takes two people to fold the American flag properly, without letting it touch the ground. Follow this illustrated sequence, tucking in the final fold so only the blue …

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These high school entrepreneurs built an iPhone case that calls emergency services with a squeeze

Most entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of starting a company in their 20s, 30s, and beyond. But for 31 Seattle-area teenagers, lessons of idea …

How the Sounders use wearables to improve soccer player fitness, with help from Tableau

With most sports, a healthy body is essential to success. That’s certainly true in soccer, where players run around the pitch for nearly 10 miles per …

Survey: 17% of Americans would give up best friend for smartphone

Some Americans are so attached to their smartphones that they’d rather temporarily lose a best friend than have their device taken away.<p>That’s one of …