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Toyota designs a combustion engine that generates electricity

Despite the recent advent of usable, talented electric vehicles, combustion engines are likely to persist for quite some time, often as a component in plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles.<p>The onus then is on refining combustion power to work harmoniously with increasingly electrified …

Drip Irrigation Basics

Grow healthy vegetables the automatic way, while using less water.<p>Most vegetables prefer soil that’s neither soggy nor dry, and earthworms and beneficial microorganisms do too. When there’s too much water, these organisms drown. Too little, and you find yourself with dead plants and a reputation as …

The Ultimate Guide to Butterfly Gardening

Last week I published the Ultimate Guide to Attracting Native Bees, so I thought this week I’d give you another Ultimate Guide–to attracting more …

Japanese Water Fountain

In Japanese, <i>shishi odoshi</i> means “deer scarer.” These water fountains slowly fill with water and then suddenly tip. The resulting noise when the fountain falls back will scare away any critters eating in your garden. Many Zen gardens have also used these fountains as a meditation aid.<p>Now you can …

Channel Master DVR+ review: Subscription-free, no-frills DVR for over-the-air TV - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Channel Master DVR+ records free over-the-air TV without any subscription fees. Program guide data is provided by Rovi at no extra charge. It has dual-tuner functionality and excellent image quality. And Vudu is supported, opening up access to streaming movies and TV shows on a …

DIY security offers smarter peace of mind

Installing a home security system used to mean spending hundreds of dollars to have professionals come and hardwire your house, signing a long-term contract, then paying huge fees month after month in order to keep the thing running. Systems weren't flexible, false alarms were frequent, and if you …

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich

Main Dishes<p>We absolutely love Chick-fil-A at our house! So you can imagine my excitement when I found this copycat recipe. I kept thinking how …

Create a beautiful website the easy way with these free tools

Creating a website is a great way to promote a business or start a personal brand, but making something that looks professional for cheap can be …

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz

It's a delicious riff on a classic dish that can be whipped up in no time flat. Just remember three basic steps. Alex Hitz shares this delicious chicken recipe.<p>To me, there's really nothing better than sautéed chicken in a pan sauce. Done right, it can make a merely capable cook look like a …

Recipes

The most ambitious Raspberry Pi projects (pictures)

The Raspberry P i isn't like anything you've seen before. Equipped with a 700Mhz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and capable of outputting 1080p video, this $35 (£24.35 in the UK, and roughly AU$37.35 in Australia) microcomputer has become the center of a number of do-it-yourself projects. …

Ready To Cut The Cable TV Cord? Here's How To Do It

In the face of rising prices, poor customer service and ever more frequent blackouts over fee disputes, many consumers yearn for a way out of the grip of their cable TV subscription. Though companies such as Google, Intel, Sony and Apple are all working on Internet-delivery TV platforms, none have …

10 DIY Upcycled Fire Pits

By Liesl Clark<p>The allure of the fire pit. Photo © Liesl Clark<p>Seems the latest craze is repurposing metal things into fire pits. Here’s a list of some …

Ask Matt: $500 enough to invest in two stocks?

<i>USA TODAY markets reporter Matt Krantz answers a different reader question every weekday. To submit a question, e-mail Matt at mkrantz@usatoday.com.</i><p><b>Q: Can I invest in more than one stock if I have $500?</b><p>A: Investors just starting out or those with small initial balances are at somewhat of a …

You can now make money helping the US military convert to solar power

The US military has ambitious plans—$7 billion worth—to install renewable energy at bases and other facilities across the nation. American taxpayers, of course, are footing the bill. But now they can choose to put their money into a military solar project and make a return, thanks to the …

Solar Power

Meet the Kickstarter of Solar Energy

One hundred and ninety-six perfectly polished solar panels line the roof of the Oakland, Calif., Youth Employment Partnership, a nonprofit …

Solar Power

Zoom! Enhance! Dropcam Pro Drops HD Surveillance Video Into Your Mobile Or Browser

I’ve had about a week to play with the new Dropcam Pro and I’m pleased to say I haven’t noticed it at all since I set it up. And that’s a good thing.<p>The Dropcam Pro is a wireless video surveillance camera with a lot of great features. It costs $199 and the DVR service costs $10 per month. This lets …

DIY Hacks & How To’s: Make a Proximity Sensor to Automate Your Haunted House

When automating special effects, the most important part is making sure that they are well timed. For live events such as a haunted house, the best way to get the timing right is to use sensors to detect where your guests are and when they reach various locations. So for this Halloween, I am doing …

10 Fall 2013 TV Shows Worth Watching

It's my favorite time of year! Sure, crisp autumn days and reasons to buy new boots are nice, but the fall crop of new shows is what makes me giddy every September. Starting today, the broadcast networks roll out their new scripted offerings and I've chosen the 10 that I think are worth your time. …

TV

How to Make an Alabama Slammer

An Alabama Slammer is a popular cocktail that is made with Southern Comfort, amaretto liqueur, sloe gin, and orange juice or lemon …

Bourbon Whiskey

11 ways to trick Android into using less data

Apps are moving to the cloud. Streaming services like Netflix and Spotify are big. And just about every one of us is addicted to social networking.<p>There's just one thing standing in the way: your data plan.<p>With unlimited plans dwindling, most smartphone users are stuck with tiered options that …

DIY Solar Panels That Track the Sun

Check out this video of a system designed by Arizona man Mike Davis to have solar panels follow the sun across the sky.<p>If you're into solar energy and robotics, have some spare time on your hands, and simply can't deal with the lack of efficiency brought on by the sun moving across the sky, then …

25 foods worth traveling for

Even if we don't always remember the history behind the Colosseum, the significance of the Great Pyramids' configuration, or who built Machu Picchu after returning home from a trip, we can almost always remember what we ate while we were there.<p>Of course, food memories can range from pleasurable to …

Would you swim in New York City’s East River? +POOL promises to at least filter the water

New York City is hardly the cleanest city in America, but we do have some majestic rivers flowing between our boroughs. The Hudson River is a …

Dodgy wind? Why "innovative" turbines are often anything but

Virtually every week there are articles about new and innovative methods for harvesting wind energy. And every week more megawatts of capacity from …

Renewable Energy

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Homesteady | How to Get a Double Wide Trailer Ready for Winter

Caulk around gutter seams and downspout seams, plumbing and furnace vent pipes. Apply caulk to any seams in flashing where the roof and the siding …

10 Ways to Build Up Equity in Your Home

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