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1 My Pop Life • EXPERT HACKS, GEAR RECS & LIFE-TESTED WISDOM FROM OUR STAFF
Introducing DaVinci Resolve 17 • Edit and color correct video with the same software used by Hollywood, for free!
My Trusty Pocket-Knife Has a Surprisingly Deep History • STRANGELY COMPELLING AND COMPELLINGLY STRANGE TOPICS OUR STAFF IS OBSESSING OVER
3 THINGS THE TL-29 CAN DO
Someday, a Pig-to-Human Organ Transplant Could Save Your Life
EXPLAINED: ALPHA-GAL AND MEAT ALLERGIES
Thieves Want Your Catalytic Converter. Here’s How to Stop Them
BEST CATALYTIC CONVERTER LOCKS/SHIELDS
BATTERY POWER. MADE BY STIHL.
This Natural Treasure Contains the Secret to Stronger Armor
WHEN DICE-ROLL GAMES AREN’T TOTALLY RANDOM
Did the U.S. Lose a Crucial Testing Ground When It Left Afghanistan?
TESTED IN AFGHANISTAN • The nearly 20-year conflict saw the development of both transformational and controversial new military tech.
This Is the Closest Scientists Have Gotten to Reaching Absolute Zero
Absolute Zero Is Certain Death for Our Universe
Digital Locks Are Shackling the Future of Tinkering
STATE OF PLAY • Despite strong opposition from manufacturers and lobbies, Right to Repair reforms are coming.
Iodine-Powered Satellites Could Save Low-Earth OrbitT
Here’s the Thrust of It
HOW TO BUILD BACKYARD GREEN-HOUSE • Step-by-step plans for making a plant-filled oasis
I Bought a GHOST TOWN • This abandoned California mining village once had 400 buildings. Now I’m restoring the 20 that remain.
HOW TO BUY YOUR OWN UNIQUE PROPERTY • Looking for your own Cerro Gordo? Start here.
WE BUILT THE WORLD’S FIRST V-8 TESLA • THE RICH REBUILDS TEAM HAD A DEAD MODELS. THEY FIXED IT WITH A CAMARO ENGINE. SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME, WE’VE WANTED TO DISPLAY A FEATURED CAR AT SEMA.
THIS ONE’S FOR THE DOERS • You need tools to build, repair, and maintain. We test tools to help you find the perfect one for your job or passion. While that’s a simple equation, the testing process is not so simple, involving a lot of sweaty, thirsty, dirty (but enjoyable) work. We look at hundreds of tools over the course of a year. These ones rose to the top and will serve you best.
THE ELUSIVE GOAL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP
IN PRAISE OF THE SHOP
Plotting the Lot: Which Cordless Lawn Mowers Cut the Most Grass
KEEPING THE PEACE: MOWER NOISE LEVELS
GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BATTERIES
THE BEST OF THE TEST
TCL’s Latest 6-Series Television Is the First Affordable 8K TVA
THE 8K TRICKLE DOWN—AND HOW IT COULD BOOST YOUR INTERNET SPEED
13 Editors’ Choice • ONE PIECE OF GEAR THAT’S WON THE HEART OF OUR TEST TEAM
Flood Your Home With Wi-Fi Using a Mesh SystemI
THE BEST MESH WI-FI SYSTEMS
15 HOW TO BE GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO • LAUREN WOODS LIMBACH, 51, WOOD CELLAR DIRECTOR AND BLENDER AT NEW BELGIUM BREWERY, FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
HOW IT’S MADE