Ivan Moscovich likes nothing better than a riddle wrapped inside an enigma.
By Charles HirshbergPosted 05.06.2002 at 2:18 pm 0 Comments
Over the course of his amazing life, Ivan Moscovich has been a railroad supervisor, a museum director, an inventor, a researcher for the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and an artist. But math and science puzzles are his greatest love, as shown by his recent book, 1,000 Playthinks (Workman Publishing).
When Mickey or Bullwinkle falls to pieces, it's Ron Stark to the rescue!
By Julie BainPosted 05.06.2002 at 11:50 am 0 Comments
Ron Stark couldn't believe it. A woman was approaching him holding a rare piece of original animation from Walt Disney's Fantasia. "It was Mickey Mouse from 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' and she was waving it around like a piece of salami. Flakes of paint were sprinkling off of it," he recalls. "What do I do?" she asked. "Well, the first thing you do," he replied, "is hold it flat."
This month's "Why didn't I think of that" award goes to Panasonic's nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) battery set, which converts AAs to C or D batteries. It comes with rechargeables, but alkalines work as well. Just pop on the appropriate jacket and you're ready. Of course, you get the battery life of a AA, not that of longer-lasting Cs and Ds.
Price: $30; includes six AAs, two AAAs, four adapters, and a charger.
By Suzanne Kantra KirschnerPosted 05.03.2002 at 4:56 pm 0 Comments
"Ciba Vision has combined the peanut butter and the chocolate," says New York opthamologist Barry Farkas, referring to the company's Focus Night & Day contact lenses, the first designed for continuous 24-hour, 30-day use. The lens is a hybrid of an oxygen-permeable silicon lens (the peanut butter) and a more comfortable soft lens (the chocolate). Under Farkas' care, two Popular Science editors tested Ciba's claims.
With these new high-tech tools, your yardwork will not only be easier, it may actually be fun.
By Phil McCaffertyPosted 05.03.2002 at 3:59 pm 0 Comments
Spring is just around the corner, and so are all the lawn and garden chores it brings. But with these new high-tech tools, your yardwork will not only be easier, it may actually be-dare we say it?-fun.
It's a Lawnmower, It's a Portable Generator
Producer Larry Klein takes us behind the scenes of the NOVA
documentary "Why the Towers Fell", a scientific look at the American Society
of Civil Engineers' report of why the World Trade Center collapsed.
By Larry KleinPosted 05.01.2002 at 5:06 pm 0 Comments
NOVA producer Larry Klein, who won a Peabody Award for his NOVA production Building Big, completes a six-month partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers in order to bring NOVA viewers behind the scenes in the investigation into "Why The Towers Fell." In the following essay, Mr. Klein reveals his personal feelings on this project.
Looking back over the months it has taken to produce "Why The Towers Fell,"
my most vivid memories come from the first day of shooting. After weeks of
Seventy-five years after Charles Lindbergh shrank the globe by flying his single-engine Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic, another Lindbergh has piloted a small single-engine craft from New York to Paris.
By Bob SilleryPosted 05.01.2002 at 1:52 pm 0 Comments
Erik Lindbergh, the 36-year-old grandson of the legendary "Lone Eagle," took
off at about 12:16 p.m. Eastern time from Farmingdale, Long Island, on
Wednesday May 1, slightly east of the Roosevelt Field shopping mall that now
stands where his 25-year-old grandfather departed on May 20, 1927. Erik
Lindbergh arrived at the same Le Bourget airfield near Paris where a
throng of 100,000 people greeted his grandfather. While Charles´ flight took
about 33 hours, Erik´s took about 17 hours. He touched down at 11:30 local time on Thursday, May 2.
The inside account of how GM stole the Detroit auto show by hustling its Pontiac Solstice off the sketchpad and onto the stage in record time.
By Don ShermanPhotographs by John B. CarnettPosted 04.24.2002 at 2:37 pm 0 Comments
Bob Lutz never minces dreams. The 70-year-old ex-BMW, ex-Chrysler, ex-Ford executive and ex-U.S. Marine Corps aviator joined General Motors last September with a no-nonsense, ambitious agenda. His immediate task as the automaker's vice chairman and product czar: to snap the world's largest vehicle manufacturer out of its longstanding, self-inflicted catatonia.
If your beat-up knuckles don't do you in, the tedium of tightening a nut in a tight spot will. But Midland Design's QuickTwist ratchet wrench makes short work of any job, no matter how limited the space. In addition to regular rotation, you can tighten by twisting the tool's grip like a motorcycle throttle.