Dan Nosowitz is PopSci.com's Associate Editor. He has previously written for Fast Company, SmartPlanet, the Billfold, and Splitsider, and got his start at the gadget blog Gizmodo. He is also the founder and editorial director of Oh Em Gee., a pop culture criticism collective based in Montreal. Dan holds an undergraduate degree in English literature from McGill University. You can follow him on Twitter.
Robert G. Edwards, a British physiologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2010 for his pioneering work on in vitro fertilization, died today. In the 1960s, Edwards and his collaborator Patrick Steptoe began working on artificial fertilization, finally succeeding after eight years of work--at which point they were the center of a fiery controversy about the morality of this technique.
Our friends over at Flying have a great slideshow up walking us through the 50 greatest innovations in navigation of all time. It's really fun to see how primitive but effective navigation used to be--celestial navigation and bonfires are on the list--and how far we've come, using microwaves and satellites and autopilot and man, so much other cool stuff. Read the article over at Flying.
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.