The Jetlev-Flyer propels itself using a torrent of water
By Rena Marie PacellaPosted 07.30.2009 at 10:58 am 38 Comments
When Raymond Li decided to build a jetpack propelled by water instead of rocket fuel, most of his friends thought he had gone crazy. Worse, engineers told him it would be impossible to manage the water’s mass and thrust to keep it stable in the air.
By Bjorn CareyPosted 07.29.2009 at 2:35 pm 4 Comments
Shockingly, no major studies have been conducted on this topic. “The implications are, however, profound,” says Michael Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. “Reckless flying, passing out in frosty beer mugs, hitting on crane flies instead of mosquito babes. Frightening!” Fortunately, enough related research exists to make an educated guess.
Self-described "Mr. Fix-It" Trent Whatley was tired of having to replace parts of his gas grill every year, so he decided to build a brand-new one out of a V8 engine from an old Chevy. First he spent about 15 hours painstakingly removing the guts from the engine with a plasma cutter and smoothing all the jagged edges. Then he sand-blasted it to remove rust and had it cleaned professionally at a machine shop.
By Steven KotlerPosted 07.20.2009 at 10:35 am 7 Comments
Before swine flu swept through the U.S., the virus had bounced around South America undetected for years. The H1N1 strain caught scientists by surprise, and without a vaccine. But a few weeks before the first North American case popped up, researchers successfully tested a therapy that could knock out almost any flu, and possibly any virus.
Our August issue has now been posted in its entirety--you can check it out here. As always, we'll continue to highlight articles from the issue online throughout the month, enhanced here with plenty of online-exclusive extras. Enjoy!
By Michal Lev-RamPosted 07.02.2009 at 1:24 pm 3 Comments
You never know when the creative impulse will strike. New phones put the tools of an artist in your pocket, using smaller camera sensors and novel materials. So create expert photos or music, and get your agent on the line.