This week's Baarbarian illustration is a tribute to the memory of Apple's visionary Steve Jobs. In other news, we've found the fold in the brain that distinguishes imagination and reality, and Apple's Siri voice command application has an older cousin in the military.
Netflix's plan to separate itself into two separate services may have seemed ill-considered and inconvenient--but little did we know, the next step involved a group of DVD-chomping pigs. It all makes much more sense now.
It's been a cat-heavy week in the future, which is just the way we like it. This week's Baarbarian illustration suggests a possible way Willow the long-distance housecat journeyed from his home in Colorado to PopSci's hometown, New York City, and that's how we'll believe it happened until proven otherwise.
In the future, when we can translate thoughts into words, we can only hope that our thoughts will be as G-rated and well-informed as our astronaut friend here. Thanks for reading this week's PopSci so thoroughly, future-naut!
This week's Baarbarian illustration shows a three-way race (...to the future!). A robot named Mabel races to prove her sporting abilities. An electric car races to prove its endurance. And an alligator races because everyone else is trying to harvest its fat.
This week in the futureStars: They're Just Like Us!: Burt Reynolds caught with a fake ID, just like college students across the nation. Burt, we know there's a certain other Burt who got honored with a PopSci post this week--but even if you're not an aerospace pioneer, we'll always have a special place in our heart for the Bandit. (Note: This PopSci celebrity news brief has as much truth to it as your average celebrity gossip. Which is to say, none.)
Direct from Baarbarian himself: "Couldn't resist the 'Soylent' Green reference." And neither could any of you, judging by the overwhelming cry of "IT'S PEOPLE!!!" on Twitter in response to our gelatin-made-of-humans story. Speaking of Twitter, you should use Twitter! If nothing else, it's the only way to win a free t-shirt with this week's This Week in the Future illustration on it.
And today we say goodbye to a space program that has captivated us for decades. I can't say it as eloquently as Rebecca, but this Baarbarian illustration should serve as our pictorial adieu to the Shuttle program. (You can check out all of our coverage of today's launch here, by the way.)
Happy Fourth of July! And happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north, though there doesn't happen to be any maple leafery in this week's Baarbarian-inked This Week in the Future illustration. There are fireworks, though. And who doesn't love fireworks? Especially in ultra-slow motion.
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.