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These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

On Friday, Nevada lawmakers adjourned without voting on a petition submitted by residents to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. That …

Defy The Cable Company With A DIY HDTV Antenna

Stick it to the man<p>Frustrated by years of expensive cable bills, Norm Sutaria ditched his set-top box and used online instructions to build a homemade HDTV antenna. Then the education specialist shared his newfound expertise with a class at Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd-sourced education space in New …

Your Guide To The 3-D Printed Universe

Additive manufacturing can make almost anything, from fun experiments to paradigm-shifters. Here's how the innovations stack up.<p>What was a niche prototyping tool 25 years ago is fast becoming a globally competitive manufacturing method. Today’s 3-D printing industry is worth well over $2 billion, …

Kill Dead Zones With This Small Box

DIY phone and internet service for rural areas<p>Problem<p>If you live in or near a city, it’s hard to imagine not finding a cell signal. Telecommunication companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on cell towers and bulky base stations. The trouble is, they’ll only install them in places where the …

8 Herbs And Spices That Fight Off Disease

<b>SPECIAL FROM</b> <i>Grandparents.com</i><p>You already know how important your diet is for health; you know to eat your greens and sample a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. But do you know that your spice cabinet and herb garden may provide you with powerful protection against disease, as well? …

Hops are the herbs of beer: the growth of local harvest groups

Palace Pint collectively grows hops to brew its own beer. Erica Buist gets a handle on the sticky harvest<p>How to produce your own community beer<p>8. Palace Pint, Crystal Palace, London<p>There are already a few shopping bags full of hops on the pub sofa, the first of this year’s yield. Since it only …

13 Medicinal Plants Worth Planting

• <b>Aloe Vera</b><p>The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. Although the plant tastes like turd, it’s still edible. The sap …

The Week In Numbers: Meat-Free Meat, A Futuristic Warship, And More

<b>200 pounds</b>: the amount of meat the average American eats each year (read about scientists' efforts to develop delicious artificial meat)<p><b>1,100 hours</b>: the total time astronauts have spent on spacewalks outside the 15-year-old International Space Station<p><b>1794</b>: the year America established its first …