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Improve Greenhouse Efficiency: 25 Tips

True story: A certain agricultural chemical/biotech firm wanted to upgrade the environmental controls for its $20 million research greenhouse …

Why do cephalopods produce ink? And what's ink made of, anyway?

Cephalopods such as octopuses and squid have been known for their ink since antiquity. But what do we know about the evolution of ink and inking?<p>Cephalopods, the group of molluscs that includes octopuses, cuttlefish, squids, ammonites, nautiluses and belemnites, are a weird bunch. Not only are they …

Zoology

10 Farming Myths to Think About on Your Next Grocery Run

Don't get fooled.<p>Most of us don't spend our days ploughing fields or wrangling cattle. We're part of the 99 percent of Americans who eat food, but …

Israel sues heirs of Palestinian ‘lone wolf’ attacker, seeking compensation

By Ruth Eglash<p>, Reporter<p>JERUSALEM — The state prosecutor’s office in Jerusalem has filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against the estate of a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem seven months after the man carried out a car-ramming attack that left four Israelis dead.<p>Fadi al-Qanbar, 28, drove his …

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5 Indispensable Shop Tools You Can Make Yourself

On Jeremy Fielding’s YouTube channel, he runs through five work-a-day shop tools that he made himself. These stands, filters, jigs and guides save time, space, and make the work go easier and safer. Here is the video tour of the tools followed by each of them broken out and explained.<p>5-in-1 …

DIY Projects: How to Make a Pallet Workbench

We love seeing things people make out of repurposed pallet wood. We decided on a workbench as our first project, because it is perfect for DIY …

How I Repaired, Remodeled, and Restored an Old RV Camper

How I Repaired, Remodeled, and Restored an Old RV Camper<p>Updated on December 12, 2017<p>Older RVs: Classics and Bargains<p>Many of us cannot afford those …

This Righteous DIY Star Key Can Open Pretty Much Anything

This DIY star key pocket tool can unlock doors, open beers, and drive screws.<p>We're fascinated by multi-tools of all types, especially the simple ones that perform just a few vital tasks really well, like this star key. The design was originally conceived by Jimmy Diresta a few years ago, but maker …

Auto Parts A to Z: A Beginner's Guide to What Makes Your Car Tick

What does a ball joint look like, anyway?<p>Ever wonder what an alternator or a water pump actually look like? Here's a handy guide to everything you ever needed to know about the car parts your local mechanic is telling you that you need to replace. Because these parts vary from car to car, the …

The Smart Person's Guide To Avoiding Electrical Shock

Everything you need to know before you work around the wires in your home.<p>Getting shocked is more than unpleasant. It can be lethal. An electrical impulse as small as 14 milliamps is enough to kill a person. The current drawn by a plug-in nightlight is more than enough to do the job.<p>I was thinking …

Top Tips from 17 Amazing Makers

For our 50th issue of <i>Make:</i> (April/May 2016), we decided to talk to a number of people who have contributed to the magazine, shown at Maker Faire, written for the website, and who have basically been a huge part of the success of Maker Media, to share some of what they’ve been up to recently. We …

Maker Faire

How to Build Garage Storage Shelves on the Cheap

These storage shelves can be built from scrap 2 x 4s and plywood, and are as strong as anything you'd buy from the store, but cost a lot less money.<p>Garage storage and shelving solutions are abundant, but the prices can be shocking. You can build your own garage shelves from scrap 2 x 4s and …

10 Tips From Shop Class You Should Never, Ever Forget

A wood shop teacher shares the skills and advice that transcend the classroom.<p>According to Shakopee West Junior High School, Chris Lyons is a "technology education teacher." I prefer the old nomenclature. Lyons is a shop teacher, one who's taught students (including my younger son) and adults about …

The "Fritz und Franz" DIY Table Saw Safety Device

For those with sliding-table-equipped table saws, this simple jig lets you do tricky cuts quickly and safely<p>I saw a lot of interesting things at …

Build Stronger Woodworking Joints in Less Time Using Pocket Holes

Pocket holes can help any beginner woodworker start on projects big and small without having to learn complicated joinery techniques.<p>Pocket holes are a form of wood joinery that secures screws through the edge or face grain of wood as opposed to the end grain, resulting in a much stronger …

How to Use Epoxy Resin Like a Pro

Epoxy has several advantages over other adhesives and fillers. It can fill gaps and still retain strength, it's waterproof, and it sticks well to …

Make a Simple DIY Rack for Your Pipe Clamps

Pipe clamps are heavy and cumbersome, which makes them difficult to store, but in a couple hours you can build this simple rack that will keep your clamps off the floor and within easy reach.<p>As your woodworking skills grow, so will your collection of pipe clamps, since you'll need them to secure …