Camping's a blast. That is, until your sleeping bag turns into a sweat-soaked biohazard, the massive boots rip up your feet and a weak headlamp sends you stumbling through a patch of poison oak. Enter technology. The newest camping gear utilizes ultra-advanced material—everything from high-lumen LEDs to ceramic particles to chemical coatings—to make the lightest, strongest, and most comfortable gear yet. Meaning you can devote your energies to something important. More s'mores anyone?
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.