Incredible Fuel Economy Jump

Okay - so I recently read this article (Article) about this auto club - the hypermilers.My lady friend got sick and I had to take her home - we were a 30 minute highway drive away at the time. At the time, I was driving a 2006 Altima (31/24mpg for the mtx drive train).Applying some of the things mentioned in the aforementioned article, I got a consistent 41.5mpg averaging 50mph and when I parked at home after some city driving and a lot of stop signs - the meter read 40.2mpg! For about 5 minutes on the highway, I was getting 43.4mpg.Impossible you say? Here's a picture off the dash from last night ;) Mind you, this was with an atx gear box! So those EPA estimates should be lower than what I posted above. Now that's damn near Prius territory for the average everyday stop/go driver with a 2.5L engine :PAt no time did I draft anyone or shut off the engine while en route. AND, I didn't take anything out of the car. There's a road kit, some umbrellas and a case of water bottles :PSo does anyone know where I can buy a meter to measure my fuel economy like this? I found Scangauge but the $170 cost comes with a bit of sticker shock :P Like the article said -- it turns into a game always trying to beat your last high score :P

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The Incredibly Complex Do Nothing Machine

AKA: Midnight MadnessI've been telling my friend for months to post this on the net. Well, he finally did! His description:AN ORIGINAL KINETIC SCULPTURE THAT IS COMPOSED OF HAND MADE AND INDUSTRIAL PARTS WHICH RUN AT RANDOM TO PRODUCE SOUND, LIGHTS AND MOVEMENT. 25"X25"X35"HIGH

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Incredible Light Art Perfomance Photography

Sometime the Daily Mail gets it right.Today they linked to a German website called LAPP-PRO.It's a light-graffiti site, but in its purest form - the shots are all untouched. Single, slow exposures, without any digital alterations.People moving with lights, installations, even night-shots of scenes lit with a single torch.The Mail's featured images are amazing, but the slideshows on the website are better.Look to the top of the screen for the controls.LAPP-PRO

Topic by Kiteman 


What is this incredibly hot liquid called? Answered

Well me and my friend added KNO3 and sugar to a tin coffee mix container to see the reaction. So it all went well (smoke shot all around and stuff the can turned red hot. ) but when I got to the can after I noticed it was still smoking a little I noticed that there was a tan-ish colored fluid at the bottom of the can that seemed to be the source of the smoke. Out of curiosity I dropped the dead match And I was surprised to see that it had lit on fire and completely disintegrated in less than 5 seconds. Anything I put in it (Paper cup plastic bottle) was burned and dissolved. It wasn't until I poured cold water in(after which boiled instantly) was i able to dump the liquid into the ground. So my question is what was that stuff?

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Me likey the new header layout.

Ok you guys, the new update rocks, especially the new header layout, and the profile page featured banners. On the header, when "Contests" and "Community" were right next to each other, I would always click on "Contests" when I wanted the other. The renaming of "Community" to "Forums" and moving it over is great. I always missed the featured banners on profile pages, and now that they're back, I love instructables even more (again!). And the new contest page layout is great. That's one less page I have to wait to load. On the "Awesome prizes" tab, though, you may want to insert some pictures. And I also like the relocation of the search bar. Overall, a very, very awesome update. Nice job, instructables team, give yourselves a pat on the back. You deserve it.

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(newsletter) Plasma Speaker, Steampunk Keyboard, Incredible Costumes...

Nov 6, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The DIY Halloween Contest is still scaring up awesome projects! We've got tons of great prizes to give away so be sure to enter before the contest closes on Sunday night! Show us your best costumes, treats, gadgets, jack-o-lanterns, and more! It's getting dark outside, and if you ride a bike that means trouble. So find some way to make yourself more visible, and enter the Light Up Your Ride Contest! We're giving away three pairs of totally sweet Bike to Work Pants from Cordarounds, so enter soon!While getting some groceries, Instructables ran into some Yip Yips! They were friendly and furry, but we couldn't quite remember what they said. Help us out in our caption contest and win a cool book to help you make some new crafts!Coming soon... a battery powered contest from Sanyo eneloop and be sure to get your tools ready for a huge Craftsman Workshop of the Future contest! Aliens Powerloader Costume by flaming_pele! Macaroni and Cheese by StumpChunkman Wall Clock from Old Hard Drives by grybaz Turn a Cell Phone into a Supergadget by theseventhsage Tons and tons of spooky and amazing prizes! Win some seriously cool clothes for your bike commute! Build A Plasma Speaker by Plasmana Keyboard Thumbtacks by noahw Mold a Speaker Cabinet for Bicycles by fossilfool Bike Light and Turn Signals by nsaltz94 Steampunk Keyboard by phirzcol Single Wheeled Bike Trailer by samfelis Wolverine Costume w/ Retractable Claws by Bug Make a Nice Cement Patio by bassman76jazz Check out these delicious recipesto make your feast amazing! See which eggs won! Multi-Color LED Fog Spreader by marc92 Full-Featured, Low-Cost Oscilloscope by womai LED Chandelier by Dipankar "Death Becomes Her" Costume by nicemag Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus 


If You Could Do Something Incredibly Stupid Without Consequences

If you could do something incredibly stupid without any consequences such as injury or death, what would you do? Here's what my friend said: He'd ride a lawn chair attached to balloons into the stratosphere, jump of (parachute not included) with a ton of home-made explosives, land in a large tub of Jello, and detonate the explosives. :D

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How do I make Android apps in Flash CS5?

This videos show that it's possible, but how? I have Adobe Master Collection CS5 and a decent knowledge of Flash. www.youtube.com/watch www.youtube.com/watch

Question by Izokay   |  last reply


Instructables Part of PC World's 100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites

Instructables made PC World's 100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites in the subsection 8 Great How-To Web Sites.Because of sites like Yahoo Answers and Instructables, the Web has become the first stop for people trying to fix something, build something, or learn a new skill. Here are our favorites.Instructables: Learn how to make anything from a corsage to a catapult. Users write in about what they do or have invented, and how they did it. The site originated with guys at the MIT Media Lab who needed a place to demonstrate their latest inventions. More news and press about Instructables here.

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


Windows 7 Screenshots

These are so far the most reliable screenshots of Windows 7 I've found.Some are pretty incredible.

Topic by puffyfluff   |  last reply


Modern Times - one to watch.

This video is ... incredible. Watch it, then thank me. MODERN TIMES from BC2010 on Vimeo.  

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Looking for a Jägerschnitzel Recipe

So the other day, I went to "Spring Fest," a local German American Society event. Naturally, the beer was great (some types I've never even heard of before), but... the food was incredible :) I'm looking for someone's own recipe for jägerschnitzel (as opposed to something I find on a large recipe database somewhere on the interweb). Perhaps it's my red meat deprived diet - but it was incredibly delicious and I'd like to try making it myself along with some red cabbage sour kraut (equally delicious).

Topic by trebuchet03 


Lego Universe beta key?

Hi, Is anyone here going to CES? If so, could you go to the NetDevil booth and get me a beta key? Just PM me the code, and if you do, I'll be incredibly greatful. Thanks

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anyone know of a video to make "book autopsies"?

These are books people take and carve incredible scenes in side . There is an artist Brain Dettmer who does fantastic work, I know I wont be that good but I just need to know lol Vie

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Does anyone have any ideas how this could be coded for and recreated?

Please have a look at the link below it is incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcRSKEIucjk&list;=PLFB48A3BB6DBE4756&feature;=player_detailpage

Question by dykeso   |  last reply


Ultimate Marble Run... from wood

I saw this on hackaday and thought I'd post it here for anyone that doesn't follow that site. This is really incredible if you like woodwork and marble run. http://woodgears.ca/marbles/run.html Explaining each piece:

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Kris Kuksi

Are any of you familiar with the artist Kris Kuksi? I had the fortune to see some of his work in person at a gallery...incredibly intricate. I'm pretty sure he's making off of this using a 3D printer: http://kuksi.com/

Topic by PlasticPanama   |  last reply


Make a Ghetto Simple LED Flasher :)

No programming or 555 Timers are required for this incredibly simple project.Using a pop can, a small motor, and 2 LEDs you can create an LED flasher. Full write up: http://www.hacknmod.com/displayMOD.php?hack=630Video:

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Veiw as list default

Sorry if this is an incredibly stupid question, but is there an instructables preference to make this: https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/?sort=POPULAR&layout;=text the default over this https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/?sort=POPULAR I want an option for my account, not a link to a greasemonkey script etc.Thanks

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Animal Camouflage in PopSci

Check out this neat slideshow of insane examples of adaptive camouflage I found on PopSci!It's really incredible stuff.Example: Alaskan tundra shot - can you find the rock ptarmigan? Hint:...It's round, and slightly right of center.

Topic by canida   |  last reply


Snail Graffiti

Most graffiti writers want to go big, but Slinkachu continues his fascination with the tiny with incredibly small graffiti on snails. Slinkachu has been working on the amazing Little People project and this is a continuation of the miniature exploration. It's all worth checking out. Linkvia Neatorama

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Is This Book Still Accurate? Answered

Today I found an electronics textbook, which will be incredibly helpful for me.  If it is still accurate.  The publishing date is 1989, and the title is 'Electronics Principles and Applications Third Edition'.  Would you consider the content to be still accurate since it is on a basic level? Thank you very much, I appreciate it.

Question by StarscreamClone   |  last reply


Virus Instruction?

I was googling to find a solution to the aftermath of a virus on a friend's computer.  What do I find?  Instructions on how to construct a virus.  Most of the posts were incredibly illiterate.  Big surprise, huh?  Why does a site that offers much quality allow this s**t?    Are there any awake moderators out there?

Topic by karena0822   |  last reply


How to get burn marks off a "frosted" hookah vase!? Answered

My MYA hookah vase has a brown/orange burn on the side otherwise its perfect i got it for 25$ which if you know the price of MYA brand thats incredible. Please help me. 

Question by FlatLinerMEDIC   |  last reply


"speederman" explains how a steadicam device works ...

Hi.I saw this instructable : https://www.instructables.com/id/Staedicam/Then, I wanted to see a video using a steadicam, because it was the first time I heard about this device ... and I've found this incredible video demonstration. Did you understand everything "Speederman" said ????

Topic by chooseausername   |  last reply


Repeating RSS Feed Topics

I'm subscribed to the RSS feeds for Instructables, News, Forum Topics, Comments (to me), and my Personal Messages Inbox. And they all repeatedly send me the forum topics. Most of the "new" items I get in all of my Instructables RSS feeds have already been sent to me before. It's incredibly annoying.

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Instructables Halloween Party Pictures

The Instructables Halloween Party was awesome! We demolished bofthem's multi-headed hydra pinata, had a costume fashion show, and danced all through the night on the roof under a full moon. There were some pretty incredible costumes! Here are some of my favorite pictures; check out all 295 pictures at this flickr set.

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Hot, Burning Resistor Question

Ok....I have 24 leds in parralel attached to a 9 volt battery - and a 10 ohm resistor - as reccommended by LEDCALC.comLEDCALC.com - but, when i connect the circuit and hold the resistor in my hand, it becomes INCREDIBLY hot. Each led is in parallel, individually. So...is it normal for it to be that hot, or did I do something wrong?

Topic by Joe426   |  last reply


Maker Faire 2009: Datamancer

More steampunk fun: check out Doc Nagy's incredible steampunk keyboards and laptop casemod. Ridiculously detailed, gorgeous stuff. Even more on his site, Datamancer, subtitled Prestidigital Datamancery & Paraphrenalic Technofetishism. I like. We totally have to run a casemod contest...

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How to build your own Sputnik

It seems incredible that the technology that went into building the first successful satellite 50 years ago can now be found lying around the average house. You could even build one yourself, as Paul Rubens explains below. Fancy having a go?http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7049002.stm

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


Hammock Bed

I just came across this incredibly comfortable looking hammock that I so desperately want. Unfortunately the price tag ($650) is a little too heavy. I think I can manage to make my own if I find the right materials.Does anyone have any ideas on how to go about doing it before I get started?

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Is it possible to make a monitor attached to my laptop the ONLY monitor?

Is this possible? I'm trying to run RCT3, and my dinky screen can't handle the incredible graphics...so I'm trying to make another monitor that can handle it the only monitor. Is it even possible to disable the lcd monitor that's built in? If so, how would I do it?

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A Shoutout: Make Your Instructables Better

Just want to say something: PEOPLE NEED TO USE MACRO MODE ON THEIR CAMERAS. Just press the button that looks like a flower. It lets you take macros, which are for taking close up pictures. You have no idea how many instructables there are out there with incredibly blurry pictures.

Topic by ultrauber 


How to clean crocodile clips?

I was cleaning my room and found some old crocodile clips, they are all oxidized at the tip, they are like this because when i was like 11 i was into electrolisis, and i used the crocodile clips for that... How incredibly dumb of me :S so How do i clean them? what shall i use? thanks

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Gift Exchange

My skills include: 2D computer graphics, woodworking, Arduino, Linux, programming, building flying RC models, cooking, designing objects, repurposing/modding/customizing/recycling, managing. What I'd like to make for someone: Something useful or beautiful or both, with a modern aesthetics. I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): S, M. I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: No. S, M, possibly XS or XXS. What I like: Science and technology, aircrafts and spaceships, jazz, prog rock, modern art, geometry, Vasarely, Giacometti, Scandinavian architecture, J.S. Bach, Babylon 5, Babel 17, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, A. Nothomb, Asimov, Iain Banks, D. Simmons, J. Haldeman, Python language, Motorola microprocessors, Unicode, hiking. What I don't like: Kitsch. Raisins. Inefficiency. Hypocrisy. Rudeness. Bad or lack of design. I absolutely can't have: Meat products (or containing). Type of thing I'd love to receive: Something incredibly fun or nice, that is also incredibly useful or incredibly useless. Something I like, but could not make. Something hand- and mind- made. An object , an image, or an idea. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Yes. Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: I confirm both.

Topic by laxap   |  last reply


Can you make a larger solar cell out of smaller ones?

Is it possible to make a larger solar cell out of small ones, such as those from solar calculators? I understand you can chain smaller cells into panels - would it be possible to use this same premise to recycle the incredibly small output from a calculator cell into something actually useful?

Question by Tetsuoh   |  last reply


How would you make this? Laser Cut? 3D Print? CNC?

I'm a photographer and want to create incredible pieces for the female models I work with. How would I recreate the headpiece portion of this? I don't need it as detailed or a replica. I'm asking about the concept itself.

Topic by shane.baker.775   |  last reply


What is the Deal with this Original Xbox Controller? Answered

Well, I picked up this controller for incredibly cheap at a yard sale, but then when I got home, I noticed the plug was circular as oppose to my Xbox's Oval-ey female plugs. And the Controller looks legit enough, it has all of the Microsoft and Xbox markings, it's just the older style of controller. Could anyone explain this to me? Greatly Appreciated!

Question by Wasagi   |  last reply


Why does the American population not know how to speak in a way that others can understand? Answered

Maybe I'm just a jerk but I find it incredibly annoying when people (especially on the internet) cannot speak (write). It's like a wad of words that someone just hucked at the wall and don't make any sense at all. Educate yourselves people! You sound like morons. Why don't they see this?

Question by jtp139   |  last reply


Can any one identify these strange pliers?

I have been lent a pair of unusual pliers, and have found them to be incredibly useful for working with wire chains. I would like to buy a pair, but can not find anything that resembles them, so does anyone have any idea as to what these are called? Many thanks in advance!

Topic by ChrisM590   |  last reply


Maker Faire 2009: South Bay Polymer Clay Guild

The Expo Hall at the Maker Faire was stuffed with 400+ booths! The polymer clay work from the South Bay Polymer Clay Guild was pretty incredible. Unfortunately I don't have close-ups! Check out their blog and class schedule if you're local and want to learn more.

Topic by canida 


The Pulse Jet Bicycle that Goes up to 75 mph

Pulse jets are fun to watch and you can get an intro to making one with a jam jar. Make a big one and it can be incredibly freakin' loud. Mount it onto a bicycle like Robert Maddox did and you'll get speeds up to 75 mph as you blast your ears into loose bits of jelly. Link

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Solar Cells Coating? Answered

Hi Guys! A few weeks ago I found an auction on ebay, bid, and won myself some big old pack of solar cells. Now these panels are wafer thin, no coating or covering. Additionally, I need to put the wire collecting ribbons on myself. The only problem with these is that they are incredibly fragile. What can I coat them with to protect them? Is there any spray or acrylic or resin that you use to protect them? Thanks

Question by transistorguy   |  last reply


How can I make the horns on my ram skull less dull in color? They're kind of gray/bland...? Answered

I have a ram skull which I found & defleshed. It's pretty incredible - the horns span almost 3 feet. But their sheen is pretty blah. When wet they have a gorgeous rich color - is it possible to make this color come out when dry?

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AJAX sliding down converter of units

Hello all, I was browsing, but not limited by, the food instructables and saw that all the measurements were in non-metric values. How would it be if European members can convert cups for milliliters, for example. It would certainly not be difficult to do, but takes some time to get it all working. I know the theory of jQuery but never tried it, so thats why Im saying it. It would help so incredibly much/.

Topic by TT2   |  last reply


Real Home made guns?

Hi there, i'm new in this site, but is there instructions here on making lethal homemade guns? Not just bbs or knex, I mean ones that are really lethal. or even beter, is there someone here that knows how to make lethal automatic guns? I wached mythbusters about the paper cross bow and discovered some inmates in the past made guns from plumbing materials. Is there anyone here that knows how to do somthing like that? Waht about home made ammo?

Topic by The Incredibles   |  last reply


Could someone make an instructible for a homebuilt version of DARPA's PowerSwim?

Hey! Could one of you amazing builders/innovators/homebrew engineers out there take a crack at reverse engineering and ghetto-fying DARPA's PowerSwim project? there isn't much on it but you can get some good google images of it. Apparently it uses "shed vortex's" to propel swimmers up to 150% faster than normal swimmers and it looks incredibly simple.

Question by mrguy19187   |  last reply


Handmade recliner workstation

I am concerned about the health of my son because he spends a lot of time playing computer games.I want to make for him a workstation with adjustable tilt of the chair and monitor as in Altwork Station or Human Touch Zero Gravity Chair, but without  complicated electric mechanisms. Unfortunately the price of such things in Ukraine is incredibly expensive, so I want to do it myself. Can someone help with ideas or plans ? Tnx Google translater was used 

Topic by Kirini 


T.V.I.K.T Entry

Here is my entry, it seems to be a mix between rail and slingshot crossbow.This makes it incredibly sturdy and enables me to put the trigger lower.The staircase shaped rubberband string is there to get more power out of a smaller area.Nice and heavy weapon, destroys cardboard easily and gets a nice 175 feet range.Camera on phone seems very sensitive to movement, sorry about the slight blur.

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Exploding Glass Tears-- forgot the name, but it's called "(some Austrian city) tears." ? Answered

You get a super-strong tear-shaped glass object that's incredibly strong-- stood up to repeated hammer blows on the bulb end. But when the "tail" is snapped, it bursts into powder. There's a wikipedia entry, but I need the name to find it again. I'd like to try it, but I need better info to avoid long trial/error sessions with hot glass.

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