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These Hand-Forged Kitchen Knives are Works of Rural Art

The world is not lacking for inexpensive kitchen knife sets—they've long been a staple of those repetitive late-night BUY-ONE-GET-TEN-FREE commercials and bargain bins alike—but top-quality cutlery is much harder to come by. These blades from Chelsea Miller Knives offer a rare mix of artful simplicity and rugged sturdiness. Read More >>

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Plumen's Beautiful New Bulbs Make Low-Energy Into High Art

A bulb is a bulb is a bulb. Wait, no, not—not when it looks like this it isn't. These energy-efficient bulbs make low power consumption a form of high art. Read More >>

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What's Your Favourite Cookbook App?

I've got a stack of loose paper recipe cards 40 centimetres tall, dozens of cookbooks, a bookmark folder jam-packed with links to Food Beast, Sunset, Bon Appetit, and enough canning ratios rattling around in my head to fill a 20-litre pot. What I don't have is a single mobile resource to digitise, organise, and store my family's four generations-worth of culinary knowledge. But maybe you do. Read More >>

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Watch Dyson Try and Block-Up Its Vacuum With Everything From Shoelaces to Miles of Skanky Hair

A Dyson will suck up almost anything, including fire, but getting all tangled-up is the constant, dreaded nightmare of any cleaner. Watch engineers torture-test Dyson's fancy hair destroying tool, throwing anything and everything long and tangly they could find. Look at that sucker go. [YouTube] Read More >>

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Finally, the Awesome Nest Smart Home Thermostat Is Coming to the UK

Home-modders rejoice! The awesome Nest smart home thermostat is finally making its way to our shores this year. Apparently the hold up is something to do with our home-heating systems using a different voltage, plus the myriad of crazy boiler setups we have here. Oh, and lack of air conditioning too. Let's just hope it won't be crazy expensive once it lands in the UK. [Pocket-Lint] Read More >>

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Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor Review: Now Anyone Can Be a Master Gardener

What's the opposite of a "green thumb"? You. After flubbing a forest's worth of ficuses and killing countless cacti, it's time to get some help with this whole indoor gardening thing. The Koubachi plant sensor might just get your houseplants through the week. Read More >>

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How To Break into Your Own House

You don't fool around with home security. The front door locks automatically when you leave. And there's no way you'd be a big enough sucker to hide a spare key beneath the welcome mat. But what will you do if you lock yourself out? Smash your own window? Not a chance. Read More >>

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How to Digitise Your Vinyl Collection

Your LP collection may be the coelacanth of storage mediums, but it is often a repository of tracks and titles that you simply can't get anywhere else. Here's how to digitise your wax-platter music, and finally drag the last remnants of your analog life into the 21st Century. Read More >>

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The Gazebo Gets a 21st Century Update

Summers appears to have landed in Blighty and, for a lot of us, that means BBQ and outdoor eating. But, rather than get one of those schlocky extendable awnings they sell on late-night TV, shelter your guests in a stylish sphere. Read More >>

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Grow Your Own Little Hanging Garden of Babylon with the Volet Végétal

Just because you're six stories up and the closest thing to a balcony you've got is the fire escape, doesn't mean you can't have yourself a kick-ass herb garden. The Volet Végétal concept could give even the densest city dwellers access to a little greenery. Read More >>

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Award-Winning Smoke Alarm Sounds Like a Bird and Could Save Your Life

Smoke alarms may be essential life-saving devices but aren't exactly the most aesthetically pleasing electronics in your home. At least until now, that is. Read More >>

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Transform Your Old iPhone into a Home Surveillance Cam

Home Security products are expensive and created by developers that have no interest in making things easy for end users. Instead, pull that old iPhone out of a drawer and make it the spy cam you've always wanted. Read More >>

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How to Keep Your House From Reeking of Cat Piss With a Computer Fan and Some Ducting

You haven't cleaned the litterbox in what, two weeks now? It's all well and good that you've acclimated to the overwhelming stench of ammonia and kitty poop, but what about when guests come over? With some minor mods and a little electrical engineering, you can keep your home from smelling of feline by-products without actually having to be a responsible pet owner and clean up! Read More >>

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Pakistan Plans to Demolish Bin Laden's Compound -- With RPG's

Osama Bin Laden may have gone out with a whimper but his secret lair in Abbottabad will soon be going out with a bang. A rocket-propelled bang, that is. Read More >>

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Measured: A Picture Is Worth a 1000-Inches

If you don't have a tape measure, buy one. But even if you do have a tape measure, there are things you just can't measure because they're either too large, or downright inaccessible. Instead of hauling out the ladder, let today's iPhone app, Measured, figure out the height and width for you by taking a photo. Read More >>

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