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Air Show Photographers Made This Video Tribute to a Fallen Blue Angel

Two professional photographers honor Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.<p>On June 2, Marine Capt. and Blue Angels pilot Jeff Kuss lost his life in a crash during practice for an air show. Just minutes before he had been in the air for a photo shoot with his teammate, Navy Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, air show performer …

Speed up your Android by adjusting animation settings

Using an older Android device, or just want to make an easy speed adjustment? Check out these quick steps to get moving.<p>If your Android phone is feeling a little sluggish, there are a few ways you can speed it back up. First, you might want to start by cleaning out some of the junk you don't need …

Android News

Explore the World's Largest Model Train Set Close Up with Google Maps

It's even more stunning with a model's-eye-view.<p>Sure, it's fun to look at a tiny model train set from above like some miles-tall demigod, but getting right down there in the mix with the models is fun too. What, you've never done that before? Well Google's Street View will give you the chance.<p>The …

Turn your old phone into a home security camera you can watch from anywhere

If you have one or more old phones hanging around, here's a way to turn them into security cameras you can log into from anywhere.<p>Instead of letting your previous phones collect dust in your desk drawer, you can put them to good use. Aside from selling them for a fraction of what you bought them …

Smart Homes

Make espresso at home without spending a fortune

If a shot of strong coffee sweetened by steamed milk brings you true happiness, then these espresso machines will please -- and at an affordable price.<p>Expecting cafe-quality shots from a home espresso machine is a bit unrealistic. Of course that doesn't mean you can't sling delicious espresso based …

Coffee

Smart bulbs vs. smart switches: The pros and cons of connected lighting

Thinking about automating your home's lighting? There are a lot of ways to do it -- here's how to pick what's best for you.<p>Smart home lighting has plenty of appeal, from the convenience of lights that come on automatically when you arrive home after work, to the security of lights that cycle on and …

Home Automation

Pulling off throwback weekend no small task for Darlington Raceway

This coming weekend marks one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the entire NASCAR season, with the return of the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at …

Motorsport

This Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce Will Change The Way You Grill!

Save<p>A good BBQ sauce can add a lot to your barbecue. It’s great for marinating your chicken and ribs; it’s an awesome dipping sauce for French fries …

Watching a Matchstick Rocket Explode Is Cooler in Slow-Mo

Be careful, enemy ant combatants.<p>As the Slow Mo Guys show in this video, the recipe for making your own little rockets consists of little more than a few ordinary household products. In this experiment the British duo wrapped a piece of aluminium foil around a match head and made the tiniest …

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Get the best in science, technology, aerospace, DIY and auto news straight to your inbox.<p>Think you've got enough amazing builds and airplane gifs to keep you busy? Think again. Now you can get the best in science, tech, flight, space, and much more delivered straight to your inbox with the <i>Popular</i> …

5 Cooking Techniques You Should Know By Now

Mythbusters vs. Gorilla Glass: Adam and Jamie have a smashing time

Gorilla Glass keeps your phone safe, but will it crack under the pressure when the Mythbusters bring out their hammers and air cannons?<p>The latest generation of phone-protecting Gorilla Glass is here, and who better to test it out than the Mythbusters. Here comes the pane!<p>In new videos made by US …

Gorilla Glass

The Astoundingly Huge Chart of Every Sci-Fi Spaceship

There's too many of them!<p>Last October, German graphic artist Dirk Loechel gave the world his incredible diagram showing the relative sizes of hundreds of spaceships, including those from <i>Star Wars</i>, <i>Wall-E</i>, <i>Galaxy Quest</i>, <i>Halo</i>, and many other TV shows, movies, and game franchises. Now his final, expanded …

No Ice-Cream Machine? No Problem! 12 No-Churn Ice-Cream Recipes

<b>You don't need an ice cream maker to concoct a delicious icy treat! Whether you're in the mood for creamy or fruity, we've got you covered with our easy no-churn recipes. What are you waiting for??!</b><p>No-Churn Mint-Chip Ice Cream<p>Condensed milk is the secret ingredient behind this frozen dessert's …

Ice Cream

Homemade Ketchup - A Delicious and Simple Recipe

<b>My old college roommates will attest to</b> the fact that I adhere to no boundaries when it comes to eating ketchup. I once ate it slathered on a …

20 Creative Ways to Upcycle Pallets in your Garden

Shares 207K<p>Inspiring Pallet DIY Garden Projects<p>Looking for ways to upcycle pallets? Some creative DIY pallet garden projects? Recently I repurposed a …

Gardening

DIY Grilling Seasoning Mixes For Father’s Day

Create quick & easy grilling seasoning mixes with these recipes and printable labels for a perfect gift for a grill-loving dad! Father’s Day is just …

Frugal Living

How to set up a smart garden for free

The price of connected plant sensors lessens the lure of the smart garden for many cost-conscious consumers. Yes, it would be cool if technology could give your plants a voice, make care recommendations, and send you reminders, but why would you want to pay $60 to $120 to monitor a houseplant that …

iOS Apps

Make an old ladder garden arbour... in minutes!

This project may be too simple to even blog about, but… what can I say here…<p>You can make an old ladder garden arbour… in minutes!<p>Yesterday I was</b> …

Could The Secret To A Great Garden Be On Your Phone?

Growing a beautiful garden just got easier. Here we round up our 5 favorite apps to help you grow your best garden yet.<p>It's that time of year, effortlessly beautiful, just-picked bouquets adorn every table and recipes are filled with delicious homegrown veggies. Whether you've been meaning to plant …

Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade

For many gardeners, the optimum conditions most vegetables prefer — eight to 10 hours of full sun — just aren’t possible. Whether it’s from trees or …

Gardening

15 Creative Water Projects For The Garden

Water features in the garden are beautiful as well as calming and peaceful. Including a fountain in your garden landscape is one of the best ways of …

25 Uses For Lemon Peel - You Won't Believe All the Great Uses

Lemon juice has so many household uses, but don’t toss those peels after squeezing your lemons! Use the whole lemon – juice, pulp, rind, and all. …

23 Incredible DIY Outside Bar Ideas

Outside bar is one of the best ideas for your garden this year. It is very useful thing when you gather with your friends and when you are making …

Options for an Affordable Outdoor Kitchen

30 Insanely Clever Gardening Tricks

No green thumb required.

Cut Flowers

Homemade Sports Drink

About 8 months ago, DIY Natural community member Peggy shared her recipe for homemade Gatorade with us. I kept telling myself I would try this out, …

Homemade Natural Dog Treats

We have been thinking lately that our furry four-legged friends deserve a little DIY love… do they not? Matt and I don’t have pets – yet – but would …

Dessert

Healing Garden Salve

I’m excited to share this salve with you! <b>This blend of herbs works to heal and soothe your skin.</b> It is an antiseptic and helps fight bacteria. It …