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Space Plutonium: US Once Again Producing Fuel for Deep-Space Missions

For the first time in 30 years, the United States produced an isotope of plutonium that powers NASA's deep-space missions.<p>A total of 50 grams of …

How to Make Small Talk | The Art of Manliness

Are you already kind of dreading meeting your freshman dorm roommate for the first time, wondering what you’re going to say?<p>When you spot an …

How to Officially Report Your Drone Flight Plans to Nearby Pilots

Let other pilots know where you're gonna be in the air up there.<p>U.S. pilots are lucky enough to have free access to an abundance of flight information via Flight Service Stations since the 1920s. This service is generally used to check weather along a desired route and to file and close flight …

Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to …

Astronomy

How Your Engine's Variable Valve Timing Actually Works

VTEC sparked an internal-combustion revolution that spread to nearly every brand. Here's how they work.<p>Trademark erosion may not impact the environment, but marketers have noted the lexicographical slide of some brand names into generic labels. Kleenex, Band-Aid, Xerox, and Zamboni (yes, other …

Why 0.5-Liter Cylinders Will Soon Dominate Automotive-Engine Design – Feature

From the February 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>A decade or so ago, a team of German university scientists settled on 500 cubic centimeters as the ideal per-cylinder displacement for internal-combustion engines. A 500-cc cylinder with a stroke length larger than its bore diameter, these forgotten …

How to Lay Down the Absolute Quickest Lap Times at the Track – Feature

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you learned the basic rules of track lapping in kindergarten: Get in line, stay in line, and follow the line. And no hitting others. Mastering the concept, however, requires a physicist’s understanding of how dramatically a slight misstep can adversely affect your …

Pure Klasse: Diamond Atelier's BMW R80

The BMW R80 ticks all the boxes for custom builders. It’s reliable, simple to work on and cheap to buy. And, as with all R-series airheads, it looks pretty good straight out of the box.<p>Unfortunately, the popularity of the venerable BMW means it’s edging into cliché territory: most customs look …

Are BPA-Free Bottles Just As Bad?

Maybe it's time to switch to a metal water bottle.<p>You may have heard by now that bisphenol A, a chemical commonly used to make hard plastic and which is found in many water bottles, can have harmful health effects; some evidence suggests BPA can impair brain and reproductive development at certain …

Birth Defects

Lego's Batman Tumbler Kit Is Amazing, Has 1869 Pieces

With a new Batmobile taking over Batman-shuttling duties in the upcoming <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i> movie, what better time is there to revisit director Christopher Nolan’s awesome Tumbler from the <i>Dark Knight</i> trilogy? As the bad-ass Tumbler retires, it seems we aren’t the only ones keen on …

Perfect Push Ups Workout Guide: 35+ Exercises | The Art of Manliness

The humble push-up. Used by militaries all over the world to get their soldiers in fighting condition and middle school P.E. teachers to punish punk …

Tutorial: Motorcycle Wiring 101

<i>Joe Tessitore is a strange guy. Most bike builders hate working with motorcycle wiring, but not Joe. It’s his favorite part of the build, and the source of most of his business. So we’ve asked Joe to demystify the motorcycle electrical system, and provide an easy tutorial guide to sparking your</i> …

How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8

By on March 24, 2015 at 9:50 am<p>With Windows 10 seemingly just around the corner, Microsoft plans to fix one of its most egregious mistakes with …

Best Telescopes for the Money

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Telescopes

Everything You Need to Know About LED Light Bulbs

Feeling lost in the lightbulb aisle now that those beloved incandescents are disappearing? We're here to help.<p><b>Incandescent era, RIP. Like it or not, it's</b> time to move on. Traditional incandescent lightbulbs are gone—not banned, precisely, but phased out because the Energy Independence and Security …

Testing Out of College: How to "Moneyball" Your College Degree | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jay Cross</i><i>.</i><p>I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with the ancient “college savings tips” so-called experts …

Top 5 BMW R-Series customs

The BMW R-series has a rich heritage spanning 90 years—all the way back to the launch of BMW’s first motorcycle, the R32, in 1923. Since then the air-cooled, horizontally opposed flat-twin (or ‘boxer’) engine has continually evolved, and its reliability and availability make it a great platform for …

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The 26 Best Hair Products For Men - As Recommended By Experts

A Complete Guide to Hair Products for Men<p>If clothes truly do make the man, his hairstyle should readily be recognised as the single most important …

Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R90/6

Some custom motorcycles are so outlandish that they grab your attention immediately, while some are so understated and classy that, once you notice them, you can’t look away. Case in point: Cafe Racer Dreams‘ #38.<p>This stunning ’74 BMW R90/6 belongs to José Martín Espinosa, a prominent figure in the …

The Physics of Diffusers: How to Make a Car Really Suck

Gettin' down with downforce.<p>Finessing the Flow <br>The diffuser acts as an expansion chamber to manage the air as it exits from underneath the car and reintegrates it with higher-pressure ambient air. Smoothing this transition reduces turbulence and drag in the car's wake and improves airflow under the …

The 10 Best Apps for DIYers

For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails.<p>For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails. We tested dozens of apps created to help you find lumber, get organized, …

The Best Bench Grinders Are Put to the Test

Bench grinders are nothing more than a horizontal motor with a spindle at each end. They can sharpen a woodworking chisel, or remove rust from an old weathervane. We gathered six grinders with 6-inch-diameter wheels and put them to the test.<p>Bench grinders are nothing more than a horizontal motor …

3 Beer-Based Recipes for a Home-Brewed BBQ

Now that you've mastered the art and science of home brewing, use your ales and lagers to give your steaks and salads some zest.<p><b>Chicago Special</b><p>The Chicago Special was a popular way to serve a grilled steak at the turn of the 20th century. While the garlic-and-olive-oil-rubbed steak is on the grill, …

6 Top Shop Vacuums, Tested

When it comes to heavy-duty cleanup, the trusty shop vacuum is the go-to tool. We put six to work, letting them compete head-to-head in a race to pick up 15 pounds of sawdust mixed with nuts and bolts. Here's what we learned.<p>When it comes to heavy-duty cleanup, the trusty shop vacuum is the go-to …

Best vs. Budget: Backyard Grilling Gear

BBQ season is upon us. It's time to get the right tools for this sacred job.<p>BBQ season is upon us. It's time to get the right tools for this sacred job.

Tool Test: 13 Corded Power Drills

The corded 3/8-inch drill is an indispensible power tool for heavy-duty hole making and doing work like driving a wire brush wheel to remove rust and paint. After putting 13 of these drills to work for three days, we learned there are a lot of good tools<p>The corded 3/8-inch drill is an indispensible …