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Mobile Solar Power Plant

Doomsday preppers, hoarders, take note…<p>Electrical power can go down at any time due to natural disasters, overwhelmed power stations and, of course, various apocalypses. Still, in those times, some of the more thrifty individuals turn to gas powered generators to keep their frozen burritos cool and …

All the Common Electronics Components Explained for Beginners

Electronics components range widely in size and function. From a beginner's point of view, it's hard to know where to start digging in. Programmer …

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Out of Bed for a Morning Workout

You can totally wake yourself up for a.m. exercise! You're just going to have to pull a fast one...on yourself.<p>You've tried to become one of those morning workout people (gotta love 'em!), but when that dreaded alarm goes off, your body is all, 'No. Just no.' And by the time your mind remembers …

Fitness

How to Build Your Own Home-Brewing Mash Tun

To get started brewing that crisp summer beer or black-as-night porter, you'll first need a specialized brewing container called a mash tun. A mash tun is where a brewer steeps grain with hot water to produce a sugary liquid that will eventually become beer. Sure, you can buy a mash tun online for …

Now that it’s legal, here’s how to unlock your phone on all four U.S. carriers

After you’ve finished up with a two-year smartphone contract, one of the easiest ways to save money is to keep your old device and bring it to a …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

How to Survive Absolutely Anything

Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other disasters can turn a region upside down in a day. And for some unlucky families the crisis may last for weeks if not months.<p>Disaster planning begins before you even choose your home, with a simple investigation of the risks that you will face. Is …

LED Concrete Patio Table with Built-in Beverage Cooler

Cast the tabletop and trough in one piece, then make it shine.<p>Concrete, LED lights, and a built-in beverage cooler. What more can a guy ask for? Well, a cold beverage in that cooler I’d suppose! Check out this step-by-step tutorial and video to see exactly how you can create your own LED-lit …

DIY

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For a limited time, the Humble Digital Tabletop Bundle is offering up seven different board and card game-themed video games with plenty of extras …

Gear & Gadgets

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

Anti-ageing compound set for human trials after turning clock back for mice

Australian and US researchers hope an anti-ageing compound could be trialled on humans as early as next year, following a key breakthrough that saw the ageing process reversed in mice.<p>The study, involving Harvard University and the University of NSW, discovered a way of restoring the efficiency of …

The digital lollipop: Simulating sweetness, for dietary, gaming, and health greatness

By on November 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm<p>Over the last few decades, we’ve slowly gained the ability to digitally affect the human senses. First, of course, …

7 Tips to Survive Cold-Weather Camping

Winter camping can be fun, but it can also be just plain cold. Plan ahead to make your cold-weather camping trip comfortable and memorable.<p>It's cold. It's snowing. And it's a great time for a camping trip.<p>The moon makes the snow-draped forest glow, and the retreat of the summertime campers means …

Hydrogel implants could be a fiber optic network for your body

By on October 30, 2013 at 10:00 am<p>The biggest problem with wetware is the “ware” part. Enormous metal implants like those seen in <i>The Matrix</i> or <i>Elysium</i> …

Nanotech

MIT’s DarkLight project prepares to finally create dark matter in the lab

By on October 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm<p>At MIT, members of the DarkLight project are preparing to create tiny amounts of dark matter using a particle …

Dark Matter

Robots at Work and Play

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines—some fully autonomous, some requiring human input—extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places …

3D magnetic storage breakthrough enables 100TB+ hard drives

By on October 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm<p>At long last, engineers at Florida International University have found a way of breaking the 2D limitation of …

The new manufacturing tech that will bring high-resolution displays to every device

By on October 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm<p>Ever since Apple rolled out the Retina display on the 3rd gen iPad, users have been clamoring for high resolution …

Engineering

Scientists discover new super toxin so dangerous, they’re keeping it secret

By on October 16, 2013 at 10:32 am<p>There was a huge controversy last year surrounding publication of a paper in Science about the bird flu virus. The …

Unmanned Aircraft Fly Local Skies - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

During this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, someone was observed flying an unmanned aerial system over Front Street crowds. Earlier in the …

Cyborg Cockroach Company Sparks Ethics Debate

At the TEDx conference in Detroit last week, RoboRoach #12 scuttled across the exhibition floor, pursued not by an exterminator but by a gaggle of …

How to Get Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data on an iPhone for $30 a Month

*This post was written by Abdel Ibrahim of The Tech Block, and is shared here with permission. The Tech Block is a site that finds and promotes the …

The National Ignition Facility Just Got Way Closer To Fusion Power

In a major first, an experiment in the California lab got more energy out of its fuel than went into the fuel. We're one step closer to ignition, when the reaction becomes self-sustaining.<p>Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California …

Autonomous Driving Tech Package Will Be An Option On Mercedes Vehicles By 2020

Mercedes-Benz will start selling cars that can fully drive themselves by 2020. But it won’t launch a special vehicle just for that purpose. Rather, it looks to incorporate autonomous driving technology into its regular lineup, most likely starting with its flagship model, the S-Class.<p>“Our approach …

Don’t Be So Web 1.0: Your App Is Your Brand Now

And, according to a Salseforce.com VP, if your company doesn’t have one, you risk being irrelevant.<p>Ever since companies started buying computers, programmers have been tasked with automating familiar business processes, and applications have been programs that do familiar paper-based things, merely …

Augmented reality glasses 'translate foreign menus as you read'

Glasses that can automatically translate foreign menus into the wearer's own language have been unveiled in Japan.<p>The next-generation spectacles were revealed at a gadget fair on the outskirts of Tokyo and could be available in time for the city's hosting of the Olympics in 2020.<p>By using augmented …

FAA to permit smartphone and e-book reader usage during takeoff and landing

By on September 24, 2013 at 8:59 am<p>Maybe it says something about our society that a major, pressing issue for people is whether they have to shut off …

NSA Data Mining: How It Works

PRISM, XKeyscore, and plenty more classified information about the National Security Agency's vast surveillance program has been dragged into the light since Edward Snowden began his leaks in May. How much data is there? How does the government sort through it? What are they learning about you? …