Talon was instilled with a passion for cars, engineering, and technology practically from birth. An old home videotape shows him at 2 years old, calling all his Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys by make and model. He's applied this knowledge and enthusiasm to pieces for The Drive, Popular Mechanics, Car and Driver magazine, and now to HowStuffWorks.

Recent Contributions

Mercedes-Benz hopes to have more than 400 high-speed EV charging hubs online in North America by 2027. That's great for global emissions. Is it great for the electrical grid?

By Talon Homer

Cars with an automatic transmission use a device called a torque converter instead of a clutch. So what does a torque converter do?

By Karim Nice & Talon Homer

It's raining and your internet went down. Again. Are the two connected?

By Talon Homer

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There is something exotic about the traffic lights that "know" you are there — the instant you pull up, they change! How do they detect your presence?

By Talon Homer

Ring lights are not just for social media influencers. They're a quick and easy way to brighten up video conferences for improved image quality. Find out how to set up a ring light.

By Talon Homer

If your iPhone's home screen is getting out of control with apps, hide some of them. It's easy and your phone will never look better.

By Talon Homer

For your average computer user, operating systems like Windows or the MacOS are par for the course. But what if there wasn't an operating system? Would the computer still, well, compute?

By Kate Kershner & Talon Homer

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Email clients like Outlook and Gmail have a handy recall message feature that allows you to delete or edit emails after you've sent them. We'll tell you how to use them.

By Talon Homer

Although the amount of fuel may seem high, when you do the math, it's actually not so bad.

By Talon Homer

Your car's ignition coil supplies the engine with the high voltages needed to get the car running. But how do you know if the ignition coil is malfunctioning?

By Talon Homer

Casting lets you go from watching a movie or TV show on your mobile device and to watching it on your TV without ever skipping a beat. And Roku devices make it super simple.

By Talon Homer

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Our planet's rising temperatures are making it harder for planes to take off at some airports, presenting yet another challenge to civil aviation. So, how does warmer air affect takeoff?

By Talon Homer

Modern PCs and Macs use built-in Bluetooth to easily connect to your phone's AirPods. We'll show you how.

By Talon Homer

To make their money back, plus a tidy profit, movie studios have to get butts into theater seats. This plan doesn't always work out, and some films become known as massive flops. Which are the worst?

By Talon Homer

It's not an easy question to answer but we've made an educated guess.

By Talon Homer

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When license plates were first introduced in the U.S. in 1901, you had to make your own. Nowadays, prisoners make them for you. Yes, it's true. Find out more about this and other strange facts about license plates.

By Talon Homer

Your toilet is clogged and you can't find a plunger. Don't worry, there are other ways to clear a clogged toilet. Here are four of the easiest ways to get things flowing again.

By Talon Homer

A whole-house surge protector is a device larger than the typical power strip. It can defend an entire house from voltage spikes coming off the electrical grid.

By Talon Homer

Most of us have been told that driving with the air conditioner switched on uses a lot more fuel than simply rolling the windows down to cool off. But is that always true?

By Christopher Neiger & Talon Homer

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A coping saw features a U-shaped frame with a swiveling spigot, or clip, that eases the job of making turning cuts. We'll show you how to use one.

By Talon Homer

You probably don't give your water heater much thought until your shower goes cold but it's an important appliance in your home. Find out how these produce hot water and which is right for you.

By Sara Elliott & Talon Homer

You've probably seen a raw file option on your digital camera or smartphone. How is it different from the typical JPEG file and when should you use it?

By Talon Homer

Smartphones and social networking let us plan spontaneous meetups and discover new people. But do they also make us vulnerable to surveillance?

By Stephanie Crawford & Talon Homer

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The power supply in your PC provides all the different voltages your computer needs to operate properly. Find out how it puts the pieces together and troubleshoot your power supply problems.

By Gary Brown & Talon Homer

Buying movies, video games and music online may be convenient, but what if the company you bought it from stops providing it or goes out of business? You could be out of luck.

By Talon Homer