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The Best DIY Projects Of 2014

From hacked beer cans to drivable fish tanks, these are the coolest, craziest projects of the year<p>Makers enjoyed a particularly fruitful year in 2014. They created projects ranging from the simple to the complex, the small to the large, and the useful to the bat$&*t crazy. In celebration of that …

Prototypes

Beer Run: We Test the PedalPub, a 16-Person Alcohol-Fueled Party Bike

When bored, horses often chomp down on a fence post and suck air. One theory holds that this gives them a buzz. Another holds that this is baloney. But whether or not horses get lit, horsepower certainly can. And that is the purpose of a pedal tavern.<p>Known by a variety of names, a pedal tavern is a …

This Electric Bicycle Could Be The Future Of Transportation

The bike wasn't just moving, it was <i>pushing</i>, adding extra propulsion to my own pedaling, giving me a boost with every revolution of the pedals. Faster than expected, I reached the end of a quiet block leaning into a corner. I took a straightaway for a few blocks and pushed 20 miles an hour without …

Electric Vehicles

10 Tools You Didn't Know You Needed

Some tools, like your trusty cordless drill or hammer, you're going to use all the time. These specialty tools you won't need that oftenbut when the time comes, you'll sure be glad you've got 'em.<p>Some tools, like your trusty cordless drill or hammer, you're going to use all the time. These …

Ryno, the One-Wheeled Segway for Badasses

Here's how you make a $5000, 160-pound fantastic unicycle stay upright.<p>(Illustration by Martin Laksman)<p><b>1. Stop–Assist Lever</b><p>To stop or slow down more aggressively, the stop–assist lever drives the wheel slightly ahead of the bike so the rider leans back more.<p><b>2. Balance</b><p>Together with an accelerometer …

Say what? 11 untranslatable words from other cultures [Infographic]

These are words for very specific emotions or things, and there are no matches for them in other languages.<p><i>This infographic provided courtesy of</i> …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

When the sun comes out so do the Londoners to warm their cockles

When spring temperatures reach the heady heights of 18 degrees, the locals start shedding their kit quicker than a footballer after a championship goal<p>A bunch of critters emerged tentatively from their winter burrows on Sunday, all bug-eyed and excited. They gathered in parks and basked in their …

A Cheap, Promising Way to Filter Water: Through A Twig

Plant's xylem tissue could be an efficient, low-cost way to filter water.<p>One way to avoid getting sick while traveling is to only eat fruit that you peel yourself, since plants can filter out bacteria and prevent it from traveling throughout their tissues. Well, why not apply this principle to …

Particles

The Garbage Man

Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.<p>In December 2001, American environmental activist Jim Puckett traveled to the town of Guiyu in southeast China to look for old computers. He’d learned that electronic waste from the West was finding its way to Guiyu, and the …

How Costa Coffee Used Data To Drive Loyalty And Sales

U.K. chain Costa Coffee use customer data from multiple sources to create sharply targeted communications that drive a loyalty program that actually works for buyer and brand.<p>With a coffee shop, maybe two, on every street corner, coffee has become the ultimate takeout commodity. Yet despite coffee …

Costa Coffee

Stunning And Amazing: Northern Lights Wow U.K.

The skies above the U.K. went crazy last night. Streaks of green and yellow layered themselves over the horizon, while swatches of red shimmered overhead. The intense aurora borealis was powered by the remnants of a strong solar flare that occurred earlier this week.<p>Britons who stayed up late last …

Home and Garden DIY Ideas, Photos and Answers

Learning a second language protects against Alzheimer's

Bilingual Alzheimer's patients cope better with the disease since their brains are more active in general.<p>WASHINGTON, D.C. — Want to protect against …

9 extremely challenging but worthwhile hikes

Outdoor adventure<p>Few people think of hiking as an extreme sport. For most, hiking is more like a leisurely walk in a natural setting. However, there …

Is this real? Hyper-crowded Hong Kong apartments go up, up, up ...

In 'Architecture of Density,' photographer Michael Wolf captures stunning urban vistas of one of the most populated cities on Earth.<p><b>Human …