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How to control your light switch from your smartphone?

Usually, when makers decide to convert their houses from ordinary houses to smart ones, they buy some relays to control the lights but this …

Japanese Craftsman Demonstrates Intricate Marquetry Technique

CNC-like complexity, all done by hand<p>This is a crazy combination of low-tech production methods, precision hand craftsmanship, graphic design and …

Fabrication

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Plumeria trees (Plumeria spp.), sometimes called the tree of love, perfume the air via a profuse production of white, pink, red, bronze or yellow flowers over a long season. Evergreen or semi-evergreen in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, plumeria must be …

Plants

Now's Your Chance to Buy a Real Humvee From Uncle Sam

You'll need a bigger garage.<p>As the military phases out the iconic Humvee, it is left with a surplus of these go-anywhere four-wheel drive vehicles that have been the backbone of the U.S. infantry for more than 30 years. Before this year they've been tough to come by for civilians. But now's your …

Military

In physics, failure brings almost as much excitement as success

In particle physics, failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can generate as much excitement and curiosity as success.<p>As if to prove this point, two teams of particle hunters, one from the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva and the other from the IceCube neutrino detector in Antarctica, …

Physics

The tiny distillery making Japan into a whisky superpower

Ichiro Akuto’s passion for making single malts that are ‘not necessarily easy to drink’ is winning global praise<p>Just over a decade ago, it took all of Ichiro Akuto’s powers of persuasion to convince a bank to lend him the money to open a whisky distillery.<p>Today, despite working out of modest …

Whiskey

KFC recipe challenge: Kitchen puts the 11 herbs and spices to the test

Reporters didn't taste much of a difference between Kentucky Fried Chicken, right, and the fried chicken, left, on wire rack.<p><b>It is one of the most</b> …

Recipes

Physicists discover 'apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics'

According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same …

Quantum Physics

Rain gardens pretty and functional, says Toronto resident

If you're concerned about basement floods due to heavy rains, there's a relatively inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to prevent them, a …

Landscaping

Sliders Will Take Your Bodyweight Exercises to the Next Level

If you’re bored with the same old bodyweight exercises, you can pump them up with two simple objects. Sliders are slippery disks that go under your …

Old Towels Are the Best Material for Cheap DIY Sound Absorption Panels

If you’re looking to create a quiet recording environment without breaking the budget, a stack of old towels might be all you need.<p>In this video from …

Five Ways to Design an Outdoor Space for Your Kids

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the kids are…playing video games. Trying to usher your kids outside to play in the summer heat can be …

Engineers just created a programmable quantum computer

Computer scientists have created a small programmable quantum computer that can run a number of quantum algorithms.<p>Quantum computers have the …

Quantum Computing

10 reasons to put Jeonju on your bucket list

Jeonju ranks among South Korea’s most popular destinations for Korean travellers. With its historic architecture and buzzing food scene – the city was named a Unesco City of Gastronomy in 2012 – it’s easy to see why. For foreign travellers it’s still flying under the radar, but as word spreads, …

South Korea

Engineering student designs revolutionary energy storage solution

A Lancaster engineering undergraduate has invented a new storage solution that could provide the missing-link needed for a renewable energy …

Clean Energy

How to visit nearly every national park in one epic road trip

This month, the National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary. One of Wonkblog's favorite data scientists, a guy named Randal Olson who's a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to mark the occasion by creating a map of the shortest possible road trip through all 47 national …

National Parks

Glowforge raises $22 million to popularize its 3-D laser printers, catalog of materials

Of all the ways to make a 3-dimensional object, 3D printing is still the freshest, whether what’s involved is plastic extrusion, milling away wood or metal, or the spinning of cells into functional living tissues.<p>Now, a company that makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, …

Startups

How An Ohio Housewife Flew Around The World, Made History, And Was Then Forgotten

Jerrie Mock was a 38-year-old housewife from Columbus, Ohio, when, 50 years ago this week, she accomplished what Amelia Earhart is famous for having failed to do. But in the decades since, as Mock's life began to unravel, history all but forgot the pilot who made it.<p>Just before the coast …

8 Time saving hip stretches to reduce back pain!

Not long ago, my daily life was in really bad shape. I was sleeping anywhere between 3am to 6am on average, and on the really bad days I wouldn’t …

The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics

<i>Editor’s Note (7/29/16): An earlier version of this story contained several biographical inaccuracies and did not give Jim Papadopoulos a chance to</i> …

Mathematics

This Beautiful Rolling Workshop Cart Was Made From Scrap Materials

Woodworking, welding, and leather making, all rolled into one fun project.<p>A rolling utility cart is a great feature for the garage or workshop. They're excellent for keeping tools you need close at hand. This DIY utility cart has an element of Frankenstein to it, as it's comprised of an old bed …

Download a Mass of 240+ Free Technical eBooks From Microsoft

It’s that wonderful time of year again. The Microsoft MSDN blog is offering another hefty collection of useful, totally free eBooks for you to …

12 Travel Map Apps That Beat Google Maps Whether or Not You Have WiFi

Chunky GPS units are a thing of the past. These days, everyone is finding their way by using their smartphones. Although we’ll be the first to admit that we love the industry standard, Google Maps (especially with the new pit stop function), there are a few things that GM just can’t account for. …

10 Free (or Cheap) Travel Apps Worth Downloading

After a week of downloading and trying out various travel and navigation apps, I reached an unfortunate conclusion: Most of them are worthless — clunky, buggy, seemingly desultory efforts by developers rushing a poor product to market. There are a few, though, that provide elegant solutions to some …

Apps

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your …

Google Flights

Build Your Own Track Saw for Straight, Accurate Cuts

Add a DIY track saw to your woodworking arsenal and start ripping full sheets of plywood.<p>Track saws are simple, just direct drive saws attached to a track, allowing you to cut long sheets of wood in a straight line. If you try to freehand guide a circular saw along the same path, the result will …

Modern Masculine Interior Design and Decorating Ideas for Cool Guys

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Car Tech 101: Understanding rear-wheel steering

Is four-wheel steering finally ready for your next car? Brian Cooley explains the benefits.

Printtable: the large-format 3D printer made from two IKEA tables, yours for under $395

Jul 5, 2016 | By Benedict<p>Mechanic and 3D printing enthusiast Wayne Mason-Drust has hacked two IKEA Lack tables to make a custom-build, large-format …

3D Printing