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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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Nugget ice is just the tip of the chewable iceberg for GE’s crazed FirstBuild labs

The Opal from FirstBuild is a nugget ice maker, which works by packing together small ice crystals to create nuggets of soft yet crunchy ice. At $500, it's the latest from a company that's turning the home appliance market on its ear.

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Keep your smartphone food-free and your friends happy with Ikea’s fun new placemat

Ikea has come up with a solution to whether it's polite to put your phone, face up, on the dinner table or not. Its new placemat lets you keep your phone in sight, without making it too obvious.

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Target can now scour your Instagram photos to help decorate your dorm, if you want

Does whatever you like on Facebook contribute to your personal sense of style? According to Target, yes. They want to use college students' Facebook and Instagram profiles to determine dorm-room decor.

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A Chinese company assembled this 3D-printed home in just three hours

A Chinese real estate company recently completed manufacturing a 3D-printed home and assembled the finished product in Xi'an in just three hours.

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John Oliver would probably approve of this 3D-printed milk cap that detects spoilage

Do you trust expiration dates when it comes to milk, or do you use the sniff test? Soon, there might be a better way to tell if something's spoiled. UC Berkeley researchers have made a 3D-printed cap that detects when milk has gone bad.

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The Mother hub now sounds like running water when you need to take a drink

How much water did you drink today? It's not always easy to keep track of the ounces on your Nalgene bottle, so Sen.se created an app that uses its Mother Motion Cookies to keep tabs on your hydration.

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