Messenger’s wild and risky ride to the innermost planet.
By William Speed Weed
Posted 10.27.2004 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
If you haven’t perfected your tan yet this summer, have we got a spot for you! A place where the sun shines 11 times as bright as on Earth, doesn’t set for 4,000 hours, and produces 800�F temperatures. There’s much to explore, since this exotic destination is mostly unmapped. If you get lost, a compass will orient you, thanks to an Earth-like magnetic field.
We’re talking, of course, about Mercury. Despite the sales pitch, only one craft has ever visited the tiny planet: Mariner 10,
High-speed movie cameras can shoot up to 20 million frames in the blink of an eye. The world is a mighty interesting place in ultimate slo-mo.
By Ethan Smith
Posted 07.01.2003 at 12:45 pm 0 Comments
In the climactic gun battle of John Woo´s deliriously nutty identity-switch action film Face/Off, the two enemies-Cage and Travolta-and their sidekicks fire away at each other with Berettas and Glocks; you can see densely detailed plumes of smoke erupt from the muzzles, obscuring the shooters´ hands. As bullets emerge from weapons, thousand-foot-per-second velocities slow to a graceful glide, until the spin from the spiral rifling of the gun barrels
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.