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Every Kid Deserves a DIY Hovercraft

Start a family tradition today.<p>What did you wish for when you were a kid? We have to admit that we weren't quite adventurous enough to ask for a homemade hovercraft, but then again most people don't have a dad like Paul Boswell, who inclined to build one.<p>If it looks extremely fun, and shockingly, …

Chemicals

New Google App Instantly Digitizes Your Old Photos

It's called Photoscan.<p>Google wants to make digitizing your old photo prints as easy as opening an app.<p>The PhotoScan app for iPhones and Android phones will use the phone's camera to capture an old photo in four sections and stitch them together, much like a panorama shot. Google says this approach …

Apps

Here It Is, the Genetic Family Tree of Beer

The genetic history of all the yeasts that make delicious suds.<p>Beer just got its first genetic family tree.<p>From crisp lagers to hearty pale ales to cloudy hefeweizens, beer owes much of its stunning variety to the hundreds of strains of yeast that ferment it. Now a team of geneticists has created …

Beer

Deep Dive: 2017 Ford F-150 Gets New(-ish) 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V-6, (Totally) New 10-Speed Automatic

With gasoline prices still low for most Americans at the moment, it’s good to be in the truck business. Take Ford, for example, where the pickup business is booming. In April, the Blue Oval offloaded nearly 71,000 F-series trucks; an additional 70,000 units shifted in March gave the maker its best …

Extreme Sports

How to Build a Hidden TV Lift Cabinet

Hide your television when not in use by building this TV lift cabinet.<p>Some people consider a television an eyesore and feel that it detracts from the design of their home. If that describes you, or you simply want to regain some space, try building this hidden TV lift cabinet.<p>You can purchase a …

Woodworking

Build an Adjustable Angle Drilling Jig And Never Drill a Bad Hole Again

Your steady hands can't match the accuracy of a drill press, and this jig drills perfectly angled holes without fail.<p>When the need arises to "toe screw" a couple pieces of wood (join them at an angle) or drill pocket holes, you'll need a jig to help do the job. A drill press is the ideal tool for …

Woodworking

How To Jumpstart a Power Tool Battery and Bring It Back to Life

When your cordless tool battery goes on the fritz and won't take a charge, try jumping it with another battery.<p>When your power tool battery charger displays the dreaded flashing red light, it usually means it's time to get a new battery. But before you get rid of that battery, try this trick to …

Clean Energy

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8 New (and Even More Delish) Smoothies That Will Help You Lose Weight

Don't juice; just drink these.

5 Awesome Milkshake Recipes You Wish You Thought of Sooner

Finals are coming and that means one thing: stress eating. Make sure you're fully prepared for a hell of a week of snacking with one of these bad boys. I promise they'll help relieve the finals stress and get you through that last week.<p><b>S'mores Milkshake</b><p><b>Prep Time:</b> 2 minutes<p><b>Cook Time:</b> 1 minute<p><b>Total</b> …

Hardscaping 101: Design Guide for Patio Pavers

Are you agonizing over which patio pavers to pick? Good. You should. The hardscape material you put underfoot will set the tone for your garden …

Landscaping

Fertile Ground for Militancy in Hometown of Jihadi John

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Dissected: Chassis, Powertrain, Design, and More – Feature

From the January 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>In spite of our history of doting on the BMW M3 as though it were an internal-combustion golden retriever, we wouldn’t mind an American car making the BMW tuck its quad tailpipes between its legs. The previous Cadillac CTS-V came close, but the …

Sports Cars

I Fixed My Broken iPhone Screen, and You Should Too

Replacing a shattered display might seem like too intimidating a project for a novice DIYer, but you can do it. Hell, I did. RELATED:10 things you didn't know your iPhone could do.Apple iPhone 6: The Popular Mechanics Review.<p><b>I'd like to say I was surprised when I shattered</b> the screen of my iPhone …

Mobile Technology

Be a Boss with Homemade Sauce

Bottled and jarred condiments often fall short on fresh flavors. Make your own toppings and trump anything in the grocery store<p>What guy doesn’t love a good sauce? Whether it’s on a sandwich or adding flavor to a meaty T-bone, a hearty and bold sauce can save a bland meal. The only problem: The …

Don't Ever Get Locked Out of the House Again

Eternal shame isn’t the only reason to bypass the locksmith. The Federal Trade Commission warns that some locksmiths lack professional training, and many states don’t require formal licensing<p>Slam! Click. Ohhh, crap. Now you need back in—fast. Sure, you could call a locksmith, if you have an hour to …

How to Banish Your Man Boobs

Say goodbye to your rack<p>You love breasts—as long as they're not your own. Unfortunately, getting rid of your man boobs isn't as simple as doing a bunch of pushups. In the video above, <i>Men's Health</i> nutrition advisor Mike Roussell, Ph.D., breaks down the reasons behind your "moobs" and the best ways …

Fix These 3 Clothing Mistakes That Make You Look Bad

Can you pass these simple style tests?<p>You might have the sharpest outfit in the room, but if it doesn’t fit correctly, no one will notice. Avoid these common sartorial pitfalls and your style game is sure to make the cut.<p><b>The Blousy Shirt</b><p>If you’ve ever bought a shirt one size too big thinking it …

Unleash Your Best Bench Press Yet

Don’t settle for average. Boost your bench with this training technique<p>One question that will always be heard around the gym: How much do you bench? The bench press is important for bragging rights, but it’s also one of the greatest measures of overall upper-body strength, says Todd Durkin, …

Is Your Body Made For Running?

Even though running is the simplest and most convenient fitness activity, it's not for everyone, and some of us should probably avoid it altogether.<p>I've tried to run. In high school I ran to get ready for football. In college I ran middling distances because … well, I'm not sure why. It seemed like …

3 Ways to Sculpt a Rock-Hard Butt She'll Want to Grab

Want a desirable derrière? Use these exercises to hit your glutes from every direction<p>Sitting all day can cause your glutes to grow weak and your butt to sag—and that's a turnoff for the ladies. Unfortunately, reshaping your backside isn't as simple as getting out of your chair and squatting more, …

40 Swimming Pools We'd Love to Take a Dip in Right Now

Now this is where we want to spend our summer.<p>From a Tuscan-style retreat to an all-natural swimming pond, these designer pools make a splash. Steal our favorite patio and landscaping ideas too for the ultimate backyard getaway.

Will Creatine Make You Crazy?

A friend of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger claims that creatine made the 22-year-old snap and murder six people. We call foul. Here's the truth about the weightlifting supplement and its effect on mental health<p>For six years in the 1990s I worked for Weider Publications, the company founded by …

111 years ago, Buick invented the modern performance engine

In over his head.<p>Today marks 111 years since David Dunbar Buick changed the name of his fledgling automobile company from Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company to simply Buick. At its inception, Buick battled its way to relevance in a crowded market by riding the merit of one of auto engineering's …

The Physics of Injectables: Hypodermic Horsepower – Feature

Engines are designed to run on commonly available fuels, but as every street racer knows, injecting a little something extra can help performance. (Certain athletes seem to have picked up on this concept, too.) Auxiliary injection systems provide tremendous power gains in a relatively …

9 Lifehacks Every Gearhead Should Know

There are times in life when it's not so easy being a gearhead. Like, most of the time. But there are ways you can make it easier. These lifehacks …

Lifehacks

Can you guess which vehicle is in the MA Garage this week? And yes, that vent is functional.

GM 8-Speed In Corvette Z06 Shifts Faster Than Porsche PDK; Here's How

With the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that was introduced this past week at the Detroit Auto Show, GM raises the threat level to the bragging …

Sports Cars

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Video Preview

One of the big stars of this week’s 2014 Detroit Auto Show was the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It’s the range-topper in the …

Sports Cars