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Ingenious SunPort plug lets you use solar energy even if you don’t have solar panels

Contrary to what you might think, you don't necessarily have to be a producer of solar energy in order to be a consumer of it -- and there's a brilliant new device on Kickstarter that makes it more accessible than ever before.

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Attention, hipster foodies: This $47 machine makes yogurt, quinoa, and rice

Short on kitchen space but have a passion for making specialty foods like quinoa? The Mini Tim3 Machin3 makes rice, quinoa, and yogurt, and takes up very little counter space. You can Kickstart it for $47.

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Amazon’s $5 push-to-buy Dash buttons are here

Amazon has started shipping its push-to-buy Dash dongle, enabling you to grab common household items with a simple press of a button. Each one costs $5, with 18 brands to choose from.

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Turn any food into caviar-like pearls with the Wonka-like Spherificator

Our fancy parties never involve caviar, but they could, thanks to the Imperial Spherificator. Well, it will still be fake caviar but in the familiar roe form. Use any liquid to make little spheres that burst when you bite them.

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Sick of waiting for the dryer? In a few years, new technology could dry clothes in minutes

Ayyoub Momen of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has come up with a new technology that dries clothes extremely quickly while using very little energy. He's working with GE to get the technology to consumers in about four years.

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Looking to rent a nice summer home? There’s a site for that

Not all of us can afford a summer home, but if you want to rent one, you've likely been to sites like VRBO and Homeaway. Tripping.com aggregates all these listings in one place, and just secured $16 million in funding.

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This automated house’s climate control goes way beyond a smart thermostat

Is your air conditioner losing the battle against the sweltering summer? The Great Gulf Active House has a whole bunch of tricks up its sleeve to control its internal climate, including windows and skylights that open and close automatically.

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Groggy? Perk up your morning commute with this in-car espresso maker

Handpresso has traveled all the way from France to bring espresso brewing deliciousness to your car. Is it a true replacement from your local café -- or just a hot mess?

  • Pros: Fewer trips to coffee shop , Quality feel and finish , Fresh…
  • Cons: Premium price , Can be messy

Turn that lukewarm beer frosty faster with this flash chilling trick

On a hot day, you don't want to wait around for a couple hours while your fridge chills your beer or soda. This method works in about five minutes and requires everyday items.

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How many George Washingtons would it take to buy Mount Vernon and other presidential homes?

If you're going to shell out some big bucks, why not buy a presidential home ... besides the fact that they're mostly owned by the National Park Service. Here are the current market values of a few of the more famous examples.

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A little girl shows off all the cool features of Japanese bathrooms

If you've never been to Japan, you might not know the bathrooms are a bit different than they are in the U.S. For one thing, they are far more partitioned, which means you don't have to wait for someone to get out of the bath to use the toilet.

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