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Safe and Cool: A Sunken Trampoline For Kids

A new idea is born for child safety, a <b>sunken trampoline</b>. Sunken trampolines seek to alleviate the safety issues while giving kids plenty of bouncing …

Kids

MTS Air Rocket Park

<b>We remember the first time we put a rocket on the launch pad.</b><br>Hours of build time, well saved money for rocket motors, then that moment of truth when the launch button was pushed — was it a high flier or a dud? In those seconds of aerial bliss when the rocket did shoot up into the air, we knew that …

Bonsai 101

Miniaturize your favorite tree with this ancient art.<p>Bonsai plants are, in their essence, little trees. Yet the art of bonsai has a much greater scope: it strives to replicate nature. It is an art that emulates the elements and their action on living plants. A tree is just a sapling until the roots …

7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!)

It's mid-summer. The days are long and hot, and the nights, while cooler, can still be pretty hot. When people are hot and bored, things escalate to …

Home Wind Power: Yes, in My Backyard!

So maybe you’re thinking you want to generate your own electricity, and home wind power has crossed your mind. After all, who really enjoys paying a …

Triton Scuba Mask Transforms Divers into Human Fish

South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon just unveiled a conceptual scuba mask that would allow divers to breathe underwater without air tanks. The mask, …

Triton

Eco living: how can you save money on heating?

Increased energy efficiency is the only way to protect homes from unexpected price hikes, like last week's gas price surge<p>For the first time in her life, Mavis Bate is looking forward to receiving her gas bill. Mavis and her husband, Sam, who live in Peterlee, Durham, receive pension credits, so …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

10 Easy Pieces: Rain Chains

A downspout is one of those elements of a facade that homeowners like to ignore. And who can blame us? Downspouts are not attractive. They can be …

Hidden Bookcase Doors to Secret Lair

DIY Sandblasting Cabinet and Etching Glass<p>Friendship Clock Build<p>Shiplap Wood Sign<p>PVC Class<p>Niiice! This is one of the simpler secret door/room …

Midnight Tides

• <b>Author:</b> Steven Erikson<p><b>The fifth awesome tale in Erikson's epic Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy sequence</b><p>After decades of warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the rule of the Warlock King. But peace has been exacted at a terrible price - a pact made with a hidden power …

The 6 Most Common Gardening Mistakes New Gardeners Make

There is nothing more exhilarating than that excitement that a new gardener displays. Take a few moments and think back to when you first decided to …

DIY: Dramatic Floor Stencils

Spotted (and admired) in the showroom of Chairloom in Philadelphia: rough-hewn factory floors embellished with dramatic stencils. Read on to discover …

Getting Started with the BrickPi

Contributors: ShawnHymel<p>Introduction<p>If you’re familiar with Lego Mindstorms, then you are probably aware of all the cool projects that you can make …

Harnessing the Sun's Energy for Water and Space Heating

The pace of solar energy development is accelerating as the installation of rooftop solar water heaters takes off. Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) …

HOW TO fuse plastic bags

I like to use fused plastic, because the material is easily available and versatile. I use in quite a few of my projects.<p>I made a cardboard tray and …

Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

Demolition is a messy business—not only does the process require heavy machinery and produce clouds of dust, but it also results in giant piles of …

Prefab Homes

10 ways to hang your bike on the wall like a work of art

All the blogs are agog right now over Chris Brigham's Bike Shelf that we showed on TreeHugger a while back. It is one of a number of designs that we …

Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

Werner Aisslinger’s LoftCube is a tiny prefab pod home that can pop up practically anywhere to provide a comfortable retreat. The elegant modern loft …

Xeros Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes

While most modern washers cut down on the massive amount of time and physical labor they used to require, they still hog a great deal of electricity, …

Over The Past 60 Years, A Reef Island Has Grown Out Of The Sea

It is now stable and vegetated. Great job, island!<p>How old are you? Are you of retirement age yet? If so, in your lifetime, an island has been reborn, sand grain by sand grain.<p>Between 1945 and 2010, a sediment deposit in the Pacific Ocean grew to become a "fully vegetated and stable island," two …

Sea Level

How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido's Brain

A paw on the leg. A nose nuzzling against your arm. Maybe even a hop onto your lap.<p>Dogs always seem to know when you're upset and need extra love, even though they hardly understand a word of what you say. How can that be?<p>Our four-legged friends have a little patch of their brain devoted to …

DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

Some of you might think it’s crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn’t be more true! …

Gardening

Wind Power was Spain's Top Energy Source in 2013 for First Time Ever!

Spain is going with the wind – last year wind power ranked as the nation’s top electricity source for the first time! The Iberian Peninsula state …

Renewable Energy

Stay Safe When Using Space Heaters and Wood Stoves

Cold weather, when wood stoves are cranked up and portable electric space heaters are brought out of the basement and plugged in, is when most house …

Convert an Old Gas Water Heater to a Wood Burning Boiler - Do-It-Yourself

<i>Convert an old gas water heater to a wood burning boiler to warm your domestic water and a corner of your home, too!</i><p>When it comes to energy use, a …

How to Build a Rocket Stove - DIY

In less than two minutes, you can learn how to build a rocket stove using only cement blocks. Just watch this brief video, "The 6-Block Rocket …

rocket stove mass heater

• heat your home with 80% to 90% less wood<br>• exhaust is nearly pure steam and CO2 (a little smoke at the beginning)<br>• the heat from one fire can last for …

Make Your Own Fire Pit For $50

<i>This article was originally posted in</i> Instructables <i>and is reposted with permission from Dewey Lindstrom.</i><p>We recently moved from the remote North Woods …