Look, world's longest ongoing experiment. You're impressive. We won't deny that. But the fact that nobody has ever seen your tar pitch actually drip in person, after 85 years, is infuriating. Just ask this trio of impatient folks: Ms. Hawk, Admiral F-35, and Dr. Whiskeybottle are all waiting for something, anything, to happen.
Good thing all that noise about SOPA and PIPA worked, at least a little. Otherwise you might not get to see this week's great Baarbarian illustration--we might've had to replace all of our images with big black censored bars.
The PopSci staff has been darting all over the country this week--Las Vegas, Detroit...I guess that's it, but still, those are two places more than we usually go. And at those conventions, surrounded by tens of thousands of people, we often get to wishing we were undetectable, able to drift through the crowds silently and unseen, snapping our photos and then getting the hell out of there. This week's roundup illustration speaks to us.
Do you have an invention you KNOW will someday change the world? Have you been toiling for years in your basement, building prototype after prototype to PROVE that your idea works? If so, tell us about it! Enter the sixth annual PopSci Invention Awards. We’re looking for game-changing products that come from the passionate drive of independent inventors (rather than those born in the R&D labs of universities and corporations).
That time is upon us. The science and technology of 2011 have been terrifically exciting, but the year is winding down. Here at PopSci, we're strapping on our jetpacks to go spend time with our nuclear families.
In this video, we kick off the festivities with a Phantom ultra-slow-motion camera and a hyper-powerful Vitamix blender.
Created by PopSci's sister mag Sound + Vision, BackStage is an app that does much more than inform you of concerts. BackStage serves three main functions: The first is a concert calendar that informs you of concerts in your area based on data from your iTunes library and your current location. The second is a comprehensive music search engine that allows you to search for and view videos, listen to albums, read artist biographies and even purchase tickets. Finally, BackStage allows the user to share concert details with their friends via Facebook, Twitter and email. Check it out in iTunes for iPad and iPhone.
We're in for a weird one, you guys. Surfing, sandwich-eating mammoths will surf in the mountaintops. The threatened American crocodile gets saved by nuclear power plants. At least the future won't be boring.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.