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In this issue:  Urban farming, finding contractors, and privacy.

Popular Mechanics tells you how to make four alternative
fuels at home: ethanol, biodiesel, electricity, and hydrogen.

Urban farming is an excuse to geek out with some awesome
tech.  Wired says innovations from NASA and garage tinkerers
have made food-growing radically more efficient and compact
than the victory gardens of yore.
Fast Company describes how seven food industry execs are
making the food supply cleaner, greener, and healthier.

This Old House provides tips for using online resources to
get the best contractors for your projects.

The Web is an unparalleled tool for generating, finding, and
sharing sound information.  Wired says it's moronic is to
assume that it hurts us more than it helps.

  Organize large document sets:

Sports fans and average humans were left dumbfounded last
week as Michael Phelps and his USA Swimming teammates
shattered records on a daily basis.  Popular Mechanics looks
for an explanation.
We love fireworks, but from now on, will we have to see them
in person to believe them?  Popular Mechanics reports that a
Chinese newspaper broke the story that some of the fireworks
footage from the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony was
prepared digitally in advance of the broadcast.

IEEE Spectrum explains how the Large Hadron Collider will
stop a proton beam that can melt a half ton of copper.

Scientific American says our jittery state since 9/11,
coupled with the Internet revolution, is shifting the
boundaries between public interest and "the right to be let
Many issues posing as questions of privacy can turn out to
be matters of security, health policy, insurance or
self-presentation.  Scientific American claims it is useful
to clarify those issues before focusing on privacy itself.

Recycling should be the easy way to get people involved in
helping the environment, but Fast Company says the
businesses behind it are blowing it.

AskMen explains how to change your name.