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Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

TED Talks

Beginner’s bike fit: how to set up a new road bike

<b>An one-on-one appointment with a professional will help you to find your optimal position for comfort and performance. But if you just want to be in</b> …

8 Life Lessons From 8 Good Books That Everyone Should Read

These inspirational books can change your life if you let them.<p>CEO and Co-Founder of Impact Theory<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Humans are adaptation machines. We are literally designed to adapt to our environment and the stresses that it places on us (both physical …

Self-improvement

Thirteen Legitimately Fun Cars You Can Buy for Less Than $10,000

Because when it comes to affordable sporty cars, you don't just have to settle for a Miata.<p>These 13 used performance cars may not be legends of zero-maintenance reliability, but they're far more engaging than any economy commuter, and buying one won't break the bank.

Porsche

HyperX Cloud Flight: Why can't all wireless gaming headsets be this comfortable?

HyperX wows us once again with the Cloud Flight, its first wireless headset.<p>I'll let you in on a little secret: I've been quietly testing nearly every wireless gaming headset on the market for a future CNET story.<p>Not one of them is as comfortable as the new HyperX Cloud Flight. And between the …

Consumer Tech

Every Man Should Read These Life-Changing Books

Don’t take life learning and personal growth for granted. Some of these books are guaranteed to expand your mind, provoke your thoughts, and even …

Motivation

Here’s a Cheap DIY Tabletop “Photo Studio” That’s Great for Macro and Product Photography

For those of us who don’t have our own photo studios, tabletop photography often involves waiting for a bright overcast day and shooting outdoors …

Portable

Why You'll Want to Clean Your Whole Home with Cleaning Slime

Bring back the glory days of your 1990s childhood in one fell swoop with this effective—but also really, really fun—way to clean. It starts with a …

Handy

Build a Portable Spray Paint Booth for Your Workshop

If you do a lot of spray painting, this clever box design keeps over-spray from ruining your stuff, helps you avoid nasty paint fumes, and is as easy …

Easily Saw Through PVC Pipe, ABS Pipe, and Nylon Rope With Mason's Line

Some pipes are in spots too tight to fit a saw or other tool for cutting. Mason’s line, a cheap, sturdy nylon string can get the job done, and …

How to Make a DIY Backyard Forge

New hobbies can be expensive. Remember the cash you had to shell out the last time you took up something new? It was probably painful. But I’m here …

Self-Driving R/C Car Uses An Intel NUC

Self-driving cars are something we are continually told will be the Next Big Thing. It’s nothing new, we’ve seen several decades of periodic …

Slow Motion Footage of Hot Wheels Cars Doing Incredible Flips, Twists, and Jumps on a Track

The group of creatives at 5 Mad Movie Makers have captured slow motion footage of Hot Wheels diecast cars doing incredible flips, twists, and jumps …

Hot Wheels

Light Rider 3D Printed Electric Motorcycle

Okay, so technically it's just a prototype. But it's a prototype that can move from 0-28 mph in just three seconds and hit a top speed of nearly 50 …

Electric Vehicles

RainCube Spreads Its Umbrella

There are times when a mechanism comes to your attention that you have to watch time and time again, to study its intricacies and marvel at the skill …

CubeSat

Open Your Garage Door With Your Smartphone

The eternal enemy of [James Puderer]’s pockets is anything that isn’t his smartphone. When the apartment building he resides in added a garage door, …

Raspberry Pi

A Look Inside Firefly Bicycles' Shop

Exquisitely crafted, personalized titanium frames handmade in Boston<p>Every cycling enthusiast dreams of ordering a custom frame, made to fit their …

New Hampshire

How To Receive Pictures From Spaaace!

The International Space Station, or ISS, has been in orbit in its various forms now for almost twenty years. During that time many of us will have …

Android Phones

3D Printed Bicycle From Stainless Steel!

You wouldn’t 3D print a car, would you? That’d simply be impractical. However, if you’re a team of students attending the Delft University of …

A Micro RC Plane Builder Shares His Tricks

There are individuals who push tools, materials, and craftsmanship to the limit in the world of micro RC aircraft, and [Martin Newell] gives some …

Engineering

6 Ways to Repair Broken Plastic

Repairing plastic items can be confounding for someone who’s never done it before. There’s no part to replace (usually), no nut to tighten, just something… misshapen or cracked. There’s nothing to repair but the material itself.<p>Plastic can be easier to work with than you might imagine. With some …

Repairs

Model Painter Truly Re-Thinks the LED Task Lamp

A perfect example of Form Follows Function, with a dash of St. Louis thrown in<p>The design of LED desk lamps all have a disappointing sameness to them; …

Design

These Destinations Aren’t on Your Bucket List—but They Should Be

From climbing the Eiffel Tower to walking the rim of the Grand Canyon, there are some iconic destinations that seem to appear on everyone's bucket …

This DIY Rig Makes Sharpening Your Bandsaw a Breeze

You barely have to do anything at all, besides build it.<p>Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and anything worth doing right is worth building a machine that can do it right for you. So if you have a bandsaw that you need to sharpen from time to time, don't go through the trouble of pulling …

Woodworking

Should You Buy One of the New High-Voltage Cordless Tool Systems?

The race for higher battery voltage and longer lasting cordless tools is ramping up. Here's how to choose a platform that works best for you.<p>Cordless tools took a leap forward this summer with the introduction of the first cordless miter saws from Milwaukee and DeWalt and a cordless table saw from …

This Was the Air Force's Secret Spy Space Station

This could have been the first space station: a high-orbit way to spy on the Russians.<p>In the 1960s, there were two classes of astronauts: NASA's astronauts, like those in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, and a top-secret United States Air Force initiative called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory. The …

Why Is NASA Looking To Hire More Astronauts?

And what are your odds of getting chosen?<p>What child hasn't dreamed of becoming an astronaut? Now, you can. Starting on December 14, NASA will begin accepting applications for the astronaut class of 2015.<p>NASA currently employs 47 astronauts, eight of which were selected as candidates during the last …

Space Science

Watch SpaceX fire up its Crew Dragon capsule's escape engines

This week, SpaceX successfully tested the engines it will use in its Crew Dragon, the spacecraft it's building to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The engines, called SuperDracos, were fired up 27 times at the company's test stand in McGregor, Texas. The SuperDracos are …

Space Travel

Pilot is building a glider to ride winds to the stratosphere — with no engine

Talk about serendipity.<p>Einar Enevoldson was strolling past a scientist's office in 1991 when he noticed a freshly printed image tacked to the wall.<p>He was thunderstruck; it showed faint particles in the sky that proved something he had long believed: The winds that rise off mountains travel far, far …

To find aliens, we need to build a giant space parasol

Could the light from stars be hiding evidence of extraterrestrial life? A giant “Starshade” could soon reveal answers.<p>Alien hunting isn’t just tabloid fodder anymore. Over the last few years, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets outside the Solar System, suggesting that the galaxy is …

Universe