The Longest Car-Free Bicycle Routes In The U.S.

by Tracy McGill •

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Bicycle touring is gaining in popularity across the U.S. with more car-free bike routes being completed each year. Cyclists who like the idea of long distance riding, but not the hassle of navigating through traffic and across busy roads on a bike can now plan an outing on one of these bike trails. Thanks to abandoned railway lines and canal …

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Top Car-Free Bike Routes In The Midwest

by Tracy McGill •

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There’s a growing trend happening in the Midwest and across the country. With the support of local and regional governments, long distance bike routes are being converted from abandoned rail corridors in an attempt to connect a nationwide network of trails most commonly referred to as rails-to-trails. These trails are generally flat or follow a gentle grade, perfect for beginning …

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The Best LED TVs of 2011

by Tracy McGill •

LED TVs are a type of LCD TV that use LED lights to illuminate the screen. In full-array LED TVs the light emitting diodes are embedded across the entire back of the panel, while other models are edge-lit, where the LEDs are arranged around the sides of the panel and illumination is directed toward the center. Most LED TVs feature …

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Best Prepaid Cell Phones

by Tracy McGill •

Prepaid cell phones have recently seen a surge in consumer interest as a recession-friendly option for mobile communication. With no contract to sign, prepaid cell phones are an attractive option for those who don’t want a large monthly bill or to be tied down to one phone or carrier for a lengthy period of time. Prepaid cell phones are also …

The Best Portable DSLR Cameras For 2011

by Justin Thomas •

Back in 2008, digital cameras fell into two basic categories: point-and-shoot cameras, and digital single-lens reflex cameras (digital SLRs or DSLRs). Now, there’s a new camera category that attempts to bridge this divide: Four Thirds Cameras. These cameras combine the compactness of a point-and-shoot camera with the advanced features of a DSLR camera. Depending on who you talk to you, you’ll …

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Princeton’s Ivy Halls To Be Powered By Solar Energy

by Tracy McGill •

Princeton University will soon be home to the largest solar field on a U.S. college campus. Scheduled for completion by summer 2012, the 5.3 megawatt system will be comprised of 16,500 photovoltaic solar panels, estimated to generate 5.5 % of electrical power to reduce campus energy costs by 8 %. The solar field will cover 27 acres on the university’s …

New Ford Focus Electric Aims to Blow Nissan Leaf Away

by Tracy McGill •

Since the release of our 2011 electric car review, Ford has unveiled the new 2012 Focus Electric, first at the recent 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, and currently at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Though showing up a little late to the electric vehicle party, Ford is flaunting the new Focus’ ability to recharge the 23 kwh …

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Electric Cars Making A Comeback In 2011

by Tracy McGill •

2011 is being heralded by auto industry insiders as the “year of the electric car”. Though we here at Metaefficient endorse a life free of dependency upon cars, 100% electric vehicles are certainly more fuel efficient than internal combustion vehicles and may be on their way to becoming user-friendly as well. For 2011 consumers interested in electric vehicles will have …

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Bike Books: A Review

by Tracy McGill •

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With the temperatures falling outside you may not be getting on your bike as much as you’d like, especially if you haven’t stocked up on your wool clothing. So it’s the perfect time to catch up on your reading. As bike popularity is exploding, so are the number of books written about the love and care of a bicycle. Whether …

The Best Home Theater Receivers

by Ryan •

The best home theatre receivers are packed with features and give users the ability to make the most of their home theatre systems. And with great new abilities like home networking, advanced audio processing, and better speaker control, there’s not much a user can’t do with these best home theatre receivers. Many receivers even allow owners to set up multiple …