By Jenny EverettPosted 10.02.2003 at 5:38 pm 0 Comments
"Powered by the air you breathe," OxiClean promises to "remove your stains like magic." Sure, it works-quite well, in fact. But we couldn't help thinking that the commercial's description of how OxiClean removes stains is unhelpful at best, misleading at worst. Does the cleaner somehow use air, the atmosphere, to remove stains? Seems unlikely. But what else could the very specific tag line mean?
The art of shrinking coins using copper coils, magnetic fields and enough energy to power a small city.
By Theodore GrayPosted 10.01.2003 at 8:00 pm 0 Comments
I remember driving past a fraternity house when I was a teenager and wondering why I could tell instantly that someone was playing the drums live, not on a stereo. Live drums, I realized, have a sharper attack than any electronic reproduction, and the distinction is obvious to the drums in our ears. But shouldn't it be possible to hit a speaker cone with a magnetic field just as hard as you can hit a drum with a stick?
Pigs don't fly, but a model airplane has crossed the Atlantic.
By Michael StrohPosted 10.01.2003 at 7:07 pm 0 Comments
He may be legally blind and partially deaf, but 77-year-old Maynard Hill can still perform miracles with balsa and glue: In August the retired engineer stunned the hobby world by building the first model airplane to cross an ocean.
The Spirit of Butts Farm sailed from Newfoundland to Ireland in 38 hours and 52 minutes, shattering world aeromodel records for flight time and distance.
Now available in the U.S.: Not one but two rally-inspired sports cars for real-world driving. How do they score against each other?
By Preston LernerPosted 09.30.2003 at 4:55 pm 0 Comments
The Subaru Impreza WRX STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, which hit dealerships earlier this year, offer more performance bang for the buck than any other cars sold in the U.S. Inspired by the half-million-dollar monsters
Subaru and Mitsubishi assemble for World Rally Championship races, the STi and Evo aim to prove?with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, four-wheel drive, sticky tires and monster brakes?that nothing succeeds like excess.
Rally racers in super-modded street cars follow their own Cliffs Notes to navigate rocky dirt roads full of gullies and blind curves. The rawest form of racing is finally gaining traction in the U.S.
By Preston LernerPosted 09.30.2003 at 1:51 pm 0 Comments
With its 13O miles of twisty mountain trails, the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area is the promised land for southern California's off-roaders. On a crisp but cloudless spring morning, it is crawling with stumpy four-wheelers and spindly motocross bikes; the angry, annoying buzz of two-stroke engines -- think amplified mosquitoes -- fills the park. A ratty pickup truck with gigantic wheels and two audibly flat tires trundles to a stop in front of a service area that's been fashioned from a fleet of big rigs, a couple of E-Z UP portable shelters and some heavy-duty tarps.
Dave Minto oversees hyper-speed ground tests of everything the Air Force shoots into the air.
By Charles GraeberPosted 09.26.2003 at 4:21 pm 0 Comments
NAME: Dave Minto
JOB: As technical director of the High Speed Test Track at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Minto oversees hyper-speed (over Mach 5) ground tests of everything the Air Force shoots into the air—from ejection seats to prototypes for anti-ballistic missile delivery systems.
The right tech to scare the bejesus out of little children.
By Ariana GreenPosted 09.24.2003 at 6:06 pm 0 Comments
Halloween is one of the only times when it's socially acceptable to scare the bejesus out of little children, and the time-tested best way to do it is with a haunted house. But nothing makes your amateur fright farm seem more like a joke than bad sound. Until recently, most garage crypt-keepers relied on cheesy effects tapes to terrify the tykes. Time to get with the 21st century.
By Suzanne Kantra KirschnerPosted 09.24.2003 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
Dedicated portable navigation systems are fantastic, but they've been hamstrung by the process of plugging in addresses using a scroll pad. GPS granddaddy Garmin has leapfrogged the cumbersome data-entry issue by adding a touchscreen to its new 2650 ($1,400).
By Ted WestPosted 09.24.2003 at 5:54 pm 0 Comments
Revolutionary technology may be endlessly fascinating, but often it's easier to take at a distance. Doubly so when it affects something central to the driving experience. Case in point, we were recently introduced to Active Front Steering on the new BMW 5 at its debut in Sardinia—a revolutionary (there's that word again) steer-by-wire system.
By Jenny EverettPosted 09.24.2003 at 5:49 pm 0 Comments
When the top eggheads at Bombardier (a Montreal-based company that designs ATVs and jet skis) were asked to envision commuter transportation 25 years from now, they rolled with it. The Embrio Advanced Concept, a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered, gyro-stabilized vehicle, makes your neighbor's Segway look like something out of the Steam Age. At a stop, the Embrio relies on a wheeled â€landing gearâ€ to stay upright. Above 12 miles per hour, the landing gear retracts, letting you one-wheel along at highway speeds.