Popular Mechanics

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Popular Mechanics inspires, instructs and influences readers to help them master the modern world. Whether itís practical DIY home-improvement tips, gadgets and digital technology, information on the newest cars or the latest breakthroughs in science -- PM is the ultimate guide to our high-tech lifestyle.
  

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Contents

Energy Alternatives
12
Power resources (Forecasting)
Wish List 2006
26
Christmas gifts for men
PM'S Automated Home
40
Jones family (Connecticut family chosen to test and evaluate electronic equipment.), Home automation
Long-Term Tests
58
Toyota Scion (Automobile), Subaru Outback (Automobile), Porsche Cayenne (Automobile), Chevrolet Cobalt (Automobile), Jeep Liberty (Automobile)
Road Map to Mars
64
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space flight to Mars, Gravity and gravitation, Manned space flight, Space research (Forecasting), Space vehicles (Orbits)
How Your House Works Part 2: The Electrical System
97
Electricity in the home, Electric wire and wiring (Maintenance and repair)
Attic Furnace and Ice Dams
104
Ice dams, Attics, Gas furnaces, Insulation (Heat)
Be Prepared
106
Disaster planning, Survival and emergency equipment
Long-Term Test
108
Pickup trucks (Rating)
How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste
113
Hazardous substances (Recycling, Disposal)

Living Unplugged
72
Energy conservation, Solar energy, Electric generators, Houses (Energy usage)
Top 50 Inventions
76
Inventions
The Kindness of Strangers
86
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (Relief work)
Toilet Troubleshooting
93
Toilets (Maintenance and repair)
Keeper of the Keys
117
Automobile engines (Ignition, Defects), Chevrolet Corvette (Automobile)
Have It Your Way
121
Utilities (Computer programs), Computers (Internet resources), File organization (Computer science), User interfaces
Plug and Play
124
High definition television (Installation)
Neurosurgeon
136
Jaimie Henderson (American neurosurgeon.), Brain (Surgery)

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