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9 Useful Hacks From Popular Science

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Founded in 1872, Popular Science magazine makes science and technology interesting and thought-provoking for the general public. It is translated into 30 languages and sold in 45 countries. The following are nine selected Do-It-Yourself hacks that may come in handy or are just plain fun.

Snooper Proof Your Wallet

Foil RFID thieves with aluminum foil. Lurking inside your wallet’s credit cards are radio-frequency-identification-chips (RFIDs) and lurking outside your wallet are goons who scan that info and make off with your identity.
----Tear off a piece of aluminum foil about 6 inches (15 centimeters) in length.
----Fold the aluminum foil to the size of a dollar bill.
----Tuck the folded aluminum foil into your wallet’s billfold, place your cards inside, and forget about those RFID scammers out there.

Duct Tape Vacuum Hose Extender

Sometimes the hose on your vacuum cleaner isn’t long enough to get to out-of-reach places – like your ceiling. Just add a length of PVC pipe to the hose and seal the seam with duct tape. 

Mount A Camera To Your Bike

----Find a bike bell with a central screw that fits the tripod mount on the bottom of your camera. Most tripod mounts measure ¼ inch (6.35 mm).
----Attach the bell to the handlebars.
----Use a screwdriver to remove the bell’s dome.
----Screw the camera’s tripod mount to the bell’s central screw. Orient the camera whichever way you want and start shooting your photographic travelogue.

Popular Science: The Big Book of Hacks, edited by Doug Cantor, Weldon Owen Publishers, 2018  

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.


  1. It was always fascinating for me to watch such experiments. You can never predict the result of the experiment and I think, this is cool.


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