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Fun on a 25 mph, electric-powered, two-wheeled cup holder — it even has a seat

You can probably come up with plenty of practical reasons for buying an electric bike. But let’s be honest — they look like a whole lot of fun. If …

Bruce Brown

This Is the U.S. Army's Official Humvee Replacement

The U.S. Army has just awarded a $6.75 billion contract to Oshkosh Defense to build 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps.<p>The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have made their final selection for the replacement to the aging Humvee. Meet the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, …

How The Cocaine Trade Affects Everyone’s Lives

The author—who lives under police protection—talks about drug barons, money laundering, and grisly murders.<p>The annual trade in illegal drugs is worth $352 billion. At the heart of it is cocaine. In <i>ZeroZeroZero</i> (the title alludes to the finest grade of the drug) best-selling author Roberto Saviano, …

Articles about cost panels plummets energy utilities rethink solar on Dwell.com - Dwell

Tech breakthroughs are bringing solar power to the people, and upsetting electric utilities' business models.<p>Hal Harvey, the head of clean energy think tank, Energy Innovation, shares his vision for the future of solar power.<p>When fashion meets technology, the results can be electrifying.<p>How do you …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

1/7<p>6 people who DIYed their own homes 1<p>What does your dream house look like? Is it covered in solar panels? Surrounded by plants? Flooded with light? …

Coastlines

How To Build A Flashlight That Runs On Dead Batteries

The dead shall shine again<p>Don’t throw out that seemingly lifeless battery—it’s not dead yet. A brand-new alkaline battery cell has an electric potential of about 1.5 volts, which drops as the juice runs out. The voltage eventually becomes too low to power most devices, but there’s still energy …

Build a killer home media center with a $35 Raspberry Pi

If you’ve got a lot of movies saved on your computer, or you like to stream from Netflix or Amazon Prime, you probably know that watching on a full …

Build This DIY Touchscreen Music Player for Your Car

All you need is a Raspberry Pi and a dream<p>Have you ever been stuck in traffic and pulled up next to some maniac singing along with the radio to an audience of no one, index fingers drumming out a spastic beat on the steering wheel? That's me. As a married man living in Manhattan, I have a special …

Raspberry Pi

These Simple Animations Show How Digital Camera Sensors Work

CMOS and CCD, explained<p>Sadly, your parents were lying to you when they said cameras work by having little elves draw pictures inside. But while we know that's not true, explaining the way digital cameras really work is tricky.<p>Animation to the rescue. These two clips explain the processes that power …

Cameras

Time to look at smartwatches and fitness trackers for school

Smartwatches

40 Years of the American Home - CNNMoney

This 'Saved by the Bell' Reunion Is the Best Thing Ever

Zack, Kelly, Slater, and Jessie look ... exactly the same?<p>Last night, Jimmy Fallon made magic happen: He reunited the cast (or most of the cast—where are you, Lisa Turtle?!) of <i>Saved by the Bell.</i> Actually, he went beyond a reunion: Jimmy actually brought Zack, Kelly, Slater, Jessie, and even Mr. …

Beverly Hills

A Big Ass Light for your garage

With insane light output and a lifespan of 137 years, this is the garage light to end all garage lights.<p>If your home is your castle, your dim and dreary garage might as well be the dungeon. Big Ass Light, the LED-oriented offshoot of Big Ass Fans, thinks it has the solution: an ultra-powerful LED …

Explore This Tiny 240-Square-Foot Studio's Small Space Secrets!

1/8<p>Tim Seggerman Loft<p>It's always challenging to make a tiny apartment feel more spacious than it actually is, so we're impressed with the smart …

Ring is the Wi-Fi enabled doorbell that lets you answer the door even when you’re not home

In 2012, we saw the promise of a Wi-Fi connected home monitoring system in Doorbot. The promise fell short and left a few unhappy first generation adopters. However, the company rebranded and today the product is <i>Ring.</i><p>The Ring Video Doorbell was built from the ground up to provide consumers with …

The Stealth Bomber: An Electric Bike Fit for the Dark Knight

So Bruce Wayne didn’t get to realize his dream of supplying Gotham with endless amounts of clean energy. Maybe he should have started smaller in his …

Electric Vehicles

Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

There's a sense of freedom to be found in loading up your RV with all you need to survive and hitting the road to explore new places and commune with …

RVs

Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Van life can be a creative way to lessen one's impact on the planet, but many van dwellers are still riding in...<p>Inhabitat is thrilled to announce …

Green Design

6 clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

1/8<p><i>Photo credit: Wei Chang</i><p>Judging from the popularity of our articles on tiny apartments, it's no secret that many people have embraced the idea of …

Apartments

Will This Helicopter Truck Fly?

It could be the future of military rescue.<p>It's a lot easier to "leave no man behind" when the rescue crew is robotic. Advanced Tactics, an El Segundo-based firm, plans to test a remotely operated, transforming, flying, driving evacuation vehicle early this year. It's not quite a drone, but it's not …

Unique Galapogos Island Animals

1. Galápagos Tortoises<p>The Galápagos Giant Tortoise is one of the world’s largest tortoises, weighing up to 500 pounds. During 18th and 19th …

Build This Beautiful Concrete Bench

Concrete furniture lasts forever—especially when you build it like a pro.<p>Concrete furniture lasts forever—especially when you build it like a pro.

Woodworking

Designer Bryn Davidson Transforms a Tiny Vancouver Apartment into an Efficient Pod for Living

Designer Bryn Davidson and his wife Kamala wanted to experiment with small footprint living so they bought the cheapest property in the city of …

How to Use Your Fancy New Camera Like a Pro

Congratulations, you just scored an awesome new camera. Welcome to our annual guide to getting started with your new tool.<p>Whether you're shooting on …

Cameras

An Energy-Saving Device That Heats People Instead Of Buildings

Buildings waste a lot of heat and energy. Thousands of terawatt-hours go into warming floors, ceilings, and walls where people aren’t even in the room.<p>What if instead of heating buildings, we heated the people in them instead?<p>Watch this TED talk from Leigh Christie, a designer with the MIT …

Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.S. Credit Card Security Lags

Criminals may have stolen information from 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target. A possible weakness? The magnetic stripe on credit cards — which fraudsters can pull credit card numbers and expiration dates from to make counterfeit cards.<p>Other countries moved beyond this technology …

How to build a 4K Hackintosh on the cheap for fun and profit

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>Over the years, building ‘Hackintosh’ computers has become both a lot easier and more popular. For those unfamiliar, a Hackintosh is essentially a machine running OS X on non-Apple approved and manufactured hardware. There are many reasons to build a Hackintosh …

What Causes Spontaneous Combustion?

Most of us experience combustion, a chemical process where a fuel combines with oxygen to produce heat and light, in the form of a fire where both …

Chemistry