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We're in a Technological Arms Race with Bears for Our Food

It's almost impossible to secure yourself against a food raid from bears. That's because these giant mammals are clever tool users, and they share their tech knowledge with other bears nearby. As a result, bear-proofing technology rarely works for more than a couple of decades before every bear knows how to crack it. » 8/14/15 6:43pm 8/14/15 6:43pm

How To Survive The Cascadia Tsunami

“Thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami,” reads Kathryn Schulz’s now-infamous New Yorker article. “Everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Turns out a very similar event occurred in Chile 55 years ago. What wisdom can its survivors share with residents of the Northwest? » 7/31/15 12:59pm 7/31/15 12:59pm

An Adult’s Guide To Learning To Ride A Bicycle

The Anna Karenina principle of biking is this: Everyone who learned how to ride a bicycle did so in roughly the same boring way; anyone who made it to adulthood without learning required a unique series of roadblocks, failures, negligence, and procrastination. If you fall into the latter group, congratulations! Your… » 7/15/15 7:45pm 7/15/15 7:45pm

How To Use All The Weird Toilets You’ll Find Outdoors

There you are, visiting a remote cabin, when it’s time to poop. You walk into the bathroom and there’s a toilet seat, like normal, but underneath it is nothing but a hanging plastic bag. What do you do in it and how do you dispose of it after? Don’t worry, IndefinitelyWild is here to help you poop properly. » 6/29/15 4:46pm 6/29/15 4:46pm

How to Take Better Photos Using Your Camera's Mode Dial

Switching your camera out of Auto mode can be daunting, but it’s the only path toward taking control of how your photos look. Of course, it helps to know what things like f-stop and shutter speed do, but just as important are the various modes that appear on almost every camera’s dial. We made this handy video… » 5/29/15 10:40am 5/29/15 10:40am

UV Water Purifiers Are Bullshit

To achieve its claimed ability to remove pathogens, water going into CamelBak’s new UV purifier must first be cleaned by a filter from a rival manufacturer. And that rival product is cheaper. That’s according to CamelBak’s own lab testing. And its not the only water treatment technology that’s incapable of performing… » 5/14/15 2:25pm 5/14/15 2:25pm

How to make your own powerful vortex cannon that boom blasts the air

Let’s say you’re bored. Let’s say you’ve always dreamed of firing a cannon. Let’s say you like blowing things up. Let’s say you spend a free night building this kick ass vortex cannon that can blast the air silly. Let’s say it’d be totally worth it just to see these giant smoke ring explosions in real life. » 5/06/15 2:30pm 5/06/15 2:30pm