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Getting Technical: 5 Types of Wood Joints You Should Know

No matter if a piece of furniture is big or small, plywood or solid, the type of joint used in production can make or break the item, literally.<p>When seeking to learn more about woodworking, gaining a deeper knowledge of wood joinery is a great place to start. Whether it's keeping the arm of a chair …

Woodworking

Homemaking a Wooden Block and Tackle Pulley System

Maybe it’s just me, but given the perilous state of the world right now, I have found myself increasingly interested in old-school shop craft, survival and homesteading skills, and home food production. In this Small Workshop project, Steve shows us how to make a classic block and tackle pulley …

Cartoonist XKCD creates the ultimate lost phone security system

When you lose a phone you have limited options, like disabline it or taking remote photos. Cartoonist XKCD created a lost phone security system that …

Information Systems

This DIY Crane Can Move Your Heaviest Tools

If you've got the space and need to move heavy objects around your workshop, then a gantry crane could be your solution.<p>Gantry cranes are those large structures you see in shipyards that are used to unload shipping containers. But when they're sized down to more manageable proportions, the same …

DJI’s second flagship store looks even better than the first

Chinese drone maker DJI continues to establish itself as the market leader in consumer drones, with the company announcing plans for a second flagship store in Seoul, Korea — following its first in Shenzen, China. Set to open in March, the Seoul store will span five stories and 870-square-meters of …

Drones

Dutch Investigation Confirms Ground Missile Shot Down Flight MH17

All evidence of the tragedy points to Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile<p>In July 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 disappeared over Eastern Ukraine midway through its planned route from Amsterdam to Kuala Limpur. Below waged a secessionist war, as Russian-backed separatists attempted to …

Airplanes

Best New Tool: Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer

The $1,000 3D printer you can buy at The Home Depot<p>3D printing has left the design studio and engineering lab and is headed directly for suburbia, which means people will be putting it to work in their basement or garages, right next to their miter saw. We're entering the home center era of 3D …

Have we reached peak lightbulb?

<i>By Charlie Sorrel</i><p>Buying smart bulbs for the home is a little like choosing between HD-DVD or Blu-ray. Like regular old incandescents, or CFL or LED or halogen bulbs, smart bulbs—which can be controlled from your phone—fit into your regular old sockets. But unless you want to have a separate phone …

Home Automation

Solar-powered 'treehouse' has 360-degree views, Wi-Fi and beer

The ultimate off-the-grid pad is here and don't worry, it has Wi-Fi, beer and plenty of options for mood lighting.<p>Jono Williams, a plastics engineer …

Scientists make a transistor from a single molecule

You're looking at what could be not just one of the smallest semiconductor parts ever, but one of the smallest semiconductor parts <i>possible</i>. A worldwide research team has built a transistor that consists of a single copper phthalocyanine molecule, a dozen indium atoms and an indium arsenide backing …

Hawking, Musk Warn Of ‘Virtually Inevitable’ AI Arms Race

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and over 1,000 AI and robotics researchers have signed a letter suggesting a ban on AI warfare, warning of the potential for rampant destruction at the hands of “autonomous weaponry.”<p>The letter, which was presented Monday at the International Joint Conference on …

Artificial Intelligence

Inside Blade Runner’s Model Shop

This weekend, I happened upon the recent re-release trailer for <i>Blade Runner (The Final Cut)</i>. The Final Cut version of the film, the only one where director Ridley Scott had full artistic control, was first released in 2007, but this spring, theaters started showing it again and this new trailer was …

Watch What Happens When You Grind Away a Motorcycle's Engine

A captivating time lapse through the heart of a motorbike.<p>Madrid ad agency espadaysantacruz put together a very slick film for 3M to show off 3M's new class of Cubitron II abrasives. Setting up timelapse cameras, the team built a machine to grind away a motorcycle's engine, one layer at a time.<p>It's …

How To Strip and Refinish Wood Furniture

(Image credit: June Bhongjan)<p>You'd never know it, but this Mid-Century Modern credenza was once disguised in flat white paint. For twenty bucks, it …

Woodworking

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What is an Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino, Ristretto, ?

Espresso Coffee Drinks<p>In its pure form, espresso is more popular in Europe than America, particularly in Italy. Though catching in America, …

This Is Not Porn on Twitter: "Burt Ward and Adam West on the set of the 60's Batman TV series. http://t.co/ygLZ22wdjy | http://t.co/DnTdNeh2My"

Oh my, Patrick Stewart. This needs a caption.

For the true nerds out there. Happy Halloween.

Coffee Maker: Grandpa’s Grinder

I love coffee, and I love the machines that help me make coffee. My wife is envious of the time I spend with our Rancilio Ms. Silvia espresso machine. Well, she shouldn’t have introduced us.<p>I like maintaining my coffee machines, and I like the satisfaction I get from that first cup of joe following …

Professor X And Magneto With Elmo Is The Only Photo You Need To See Today

That's it, pack it up. We're done here.<p>View this post on Facebook

Teacher under review for putting "cone of shame" on misbehaving students

It happened in Florida. <i>(Thanks, Matthew!)</i>

Morning Coffee From Around The World

Our entire globe starts its day the same beautiful way.