Who said green's gotta be dull? A scooter, hot tub and robot lawnmower are just some of our top eco-friendly picks.
By Abby SeiffPosted 10.17.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
In each issue of Popular Science, our renowned What's New section keeps you up to date with the most innovative consumer products currently on the market. Here on PopSci.com, we bring you a special expanded and eco-conscious edition of "The Goods."
Helping the environment shouldn't always demand a sacrifice. Click "View Photos" at left to launch the gallery and see our picks for the computers, phones and even barbecues that will ease your conscience in style.
By Gregory MonePosted 10.16.2007 at 1:06 pm 2 Comments
It doesn't always pay to spam. Two men convicted of sending pornographic versions of the annoying emails have been sentenced to more than five years in prison.
The two 41-year-old men, who put together an international spam ring that pulled in over $1 million, now owe fines of $100,000 in addition to the extensive prison time. Working out of Phoenix, the men used servers in Amsterdam to make it look like the scam was originating outside the country.
While five years might sound like quite a lot of time, these are far from the harshest sentences on record. In 2005, a jury blasted junk-mail king Jeremy Jaynes with nine years. (The prosecution wanted 15.) Jaynes appealed, and lost, but his case has now gone to the Supreme Court of Virginia. A decision is expected next month.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 10.16.2007 at 1:04 pm 0 Comments
Yes, Arthur C. Clarke is still alive, and, at 89 years old, he's just as sharp as ever, if this interview in IEEE Spectrum is any indication. Popular Science sat down with the legendary science fiction writer and futurist at his Sri Lankan home in 2004, but that was before the private spaceflight industry transformed from a dream into reality.
Clarke is a big fan of Bigelow Aerospace, and he believes his concept of a space elevator will be realized in the coming decades. He also hopes to be a customer when the space tourism business really gets running.—Gregory Mone
If you're bored of everyday kitchen chemistry and are hankering to bust out the big guns of molecular gastronomy, your ordinary cookbook probably won't cut it. Fortunately, PopSci has you covered. Check out our favorite high-tech recipes-courtesy of International Cooking Concepts-perfect for rounding out any gastronomer's oeuvre.
By Dave ProchnowPosted 10.15.2007 at 12:03 pm 0 Comments
Want to add some zip to your Halloween decorations, this year? NK5 has posted a project for building your own lightning globe on Instructables. Although this how to is rife with warnings, the projects overall cost of approximately five bucks makes it worth a look. Just make sure that you arent viewing the video while using an aluminum notebook computer . . . it could be a shocking experience. ☺
By Gregory MonePosted 10.15.2007 at 12:00 pm 0 Comments
Granted, they might not be as pretty as their much larger counterparts, but unlike their bold and sparkling brethren, the tiny particles known as nanodiamonds might actually end up doing some good in the world.
Scientists at Northwestern University have demonstrated that these relatively new nanomaterials can shuttle chemotherapy drugs to cells without producing the negative effects of today's delivery agents. Clusters of the nanodiamonds surrounding the drugs block them off from healthy cells, preventing unnecessary damage, and then release them upon reaching the intended targets. Just as important, the leftover diamonds, hundreds of thousands of which could cram onto the eye of a needle, don't induce inflammation in cells once they've done their job. The study, the first to demonstrate the usefulness of the material in biomedicine, is published online in Nano Letters.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 10.15.2007 at 11:55 am 0 Comments
Helping to fight illegal brawn with brains, scientists at Purdue University and Tsinghua University in Beijing have developed a quicker way to screen for performance-enhancing steroids.
The work, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Analytic Chemistry, simplifies the process of checking a sample by using two techniques: reactive desorption electrospray ionization and tandem mass spectrometry. In lab tests, the scientists showed that they could identify the presence of 7 different types of anabolic steroids from a single drop of urine. And they can do this at a rate of nearly one sample per second. Hopefully the development of this new technique is a sign that the cheaters won't always be a few steps ahead.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 10.15.2007 at 11:54 am 1 Comment
Medtronic, the medical devices manufacturer, announced today that the malfunctioning of a key part of one of its heart defibrillation systems may have led to five patient deaths.
Normally the system, designed for patients at risk for cardiac arrest, delivers a jolt to reset the heart when it detects abnormal rhythms. The company found that in some cases, certain models of the leads that monitor the heart can fracture, leading to unnecessary shocks.
Medtronic is now asking doctors not to install these wires - the Sprint Fidelis model - any longer, but the company, along with the FDA, says that the estimated 268,000 patients who do have them in place do not need to have them removed. The risks associated with removing and replacing the leads are greater than those associated with leaving the potentially faulty wires in place. Instead, doctors can reprogram the system so that it will warn the patient if his or her leads go haywire. Think that's making any of those patients feel better? Me neither.—Gregory Mone