8 SCIENCE PROJECTS KIDS WILL LOVE

Search on the words “8 YouTube Science Projects Kids Will Love” for some neat stuff.

One is called “Milk into Stone: Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic.” It shows you how ordinary milk and vinegar can be poured into a cookie cutter or other mold. After a couple of days it’s as hard as stone.

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30 USEFUL CAR HACKS

30 Useful Car Hacks that Every Driver Should Know. If you’re driving an unfamiliar car, look for the arrow next to the tiny image of a gas pump in the fuel gauge indicator. It points to the side the gas tank is on. Soak a newspaper in warm water and place it over hard-to-remove window stickers. Use the car’s floor mats for traction to get out of mud or snow.

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FROM CASSETTE TO DIGITAL

If you Google “How to Turn a Casette Tape into MP3s,” (or click here), you’ll get a CNET article that walks you through every step. We found it after a reader asked, but we bet lot of people have old tapes they’d like to preserve and play on a computer, phone, tablet or digital player.

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ORGANIZING YOUR IPAD

If you’re like us, your iPad screen is so full of colorful icons for programs, it’s getting hard to find the ones you use regularly. Clean up by putting them in folders, and type a label for those folders.

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TIPS AND TRICKS

– If you find the daily load of email as overwhelming as we do, try this trick: Instead of deleting messages you don’t want, one by one, check the box that selects them all. Then go down the list and uncheck the ones you want to look at. Dump the rest.

— Pulling a snapshot from a movie DVD can be done with…

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MAKE YOUR OWN BOX OR GIFT BAG

Ideogram.nl/boxmaker has a neat free template maker for making gift bags, boxes, cones, envelopes, and other things out of card stock. Select any size or geometric shape and it will create a template that shows you how to cut out what you need and where to fold and glue it. (How about a dodecahedron? Twelve sides.) Paint it, color it or use fancy paper and you’ve got an unusual gift box.

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GOOGLE TIPS AND TRICKS

Quora.com is our favorite question and answer site. It recently had some great tips for using Google in little-known ways. Like these:

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LEGO BOOKS

You can do a lot with LEGO  blocks, but surely nothing more remarkable than what’s pictured in these two books from No Starch Press. Should keep the kids busy over the holidays. — “Beautiful Lego” ($30), by Mike Doyle, is all pictures of completed projects, and beautiful they are, everything from a haunted house that seems to be falling apart, to a fantastic city floating in space. — “More Amazing Vehicles ($20), by Kuipers and Zamboni. Using step-by-step photos and instructions, the authors show us how to build anything from a Formula One race car to a fork-lift truck.  

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DONATING AN OLD COMPUTER

We heard from a reader who is donating his computer to the Salvation Army but wants to remove his personal stuff first. He didn’t mean deleting in the usual way, because that can be recovered. Skilled recovery experts can even resurrect data from a computer that’s been reformatted.

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PRINT LIVES

Just when you thought print was dead, along comes a new magazine from the website AllRecipes.com. Instead of going from print to digital, it’s going from digital to print. Of course, the website will still exist, but this November you can get the magazine too. The new “AllRecipes” magazine will cost $12 for a two-year subscription. The initial subscriber base is expected to be 500,000, which is very big. (People are always asking “What’s cooking?”). Print is handy to have in the kitchen. It’s easier to drip tomato sauce on a printed page than on your iPad. Mashable.com reports that print advertising in the food category is up over 10 percent this year. Bon Appetit’s advertising revenue was up 42 […]

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