As the Thrust SuperSonic Car team constructs the 1,000 MPH Bloodhound rocket car, separate teams are working on a protective suit for driver Andy Green, so he feels safe even while driving at ludicrous speed. He’ll wear three layers of a new flame-proof fabric that can survive temperatures in excess of 1,800 degrees F.
This rocket car shot along at 90 miles an hour on a different sort of alternative fuel: liquid oxygen. The driver ended up being killed in an explosion at a later trial, but its inventor insisted that the successful first run proved "the scientific possibility of driving vehicles this way."
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.