By Gregory Mone
Posted 11.22.2004 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment
Forget about jumping back to the age of the dinosaurs. In Primer, a time- travel movie opening this month, the characters barely backtrack a full workday. When Shane Carruth, the writer, director and co-star, set out to make a film about two friends who construct a time machine in a garage, he wanted to offer an unconventional take on the genre. “In other stories, people seem to 'jump' from one point in time to another,” Carruth says, which didn’t make sense to him.
Buy one digital video camera, and we'll throw in the point-and-shoot.
By David Carnoy
Posted 11.18.2004 at 9:00 pm 0 Comments
Video and still cameras may seem similar, but they’re very different beasts. Decent stills require pixel-packed sensors that bog down processors. And video cameras have high-power optical zooms, which, at maximum magnification, blur stills at the slightest movement. Through miniaturization, optical stabilizers and faster chips, manufacturers are finally making
worthy combos, each in their own way.
By Sarah Goforth
Posted 11.18.2004 at 5:25 pm 0 Comments
One in 12 women, and one in 45 men, will be victims of stalking in their lifetime, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. But for such a common crime, stalkers aren't common criminals. More often than not, they are—or once were—lovers, spouses or friends of their victims.
Scientists say we’re ill-prepared for devastating tsunamis.
By Rena Pacella
Posted 11.14.2004 at 7:00 pm 0 Comments
For years, scientist Bill McGuire of University College London has been warning the world about Cumbre Vieja, a volcano on the island of La Palma off the African coast. If it erupts, he says, it could force a Manhattan-size rock to splash down into the Atlantic Ocean, kicking up 300-story-high waves that would travel out from the island at jet speeds. Within nine hours, 85-foot-high swells would slam Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Now scientists at the University of Hawaii say that this wild scenario has historical precedence: A similar event unfolded 120,000 years ago in the Pacific.
Gentlemen, charge your batteries: four vehicles that won’t need gas to top 300 mph
By Adam Voiland
Posted 11.14.2004 at 5:00 pm 0 Comments
This fall, Ohio State University’s Buckeye Bullet is gunning for an electric-vehicle land-speed world record on the salt flats of Bonneville, Utah, the site of the world’s premier speed events. The Buckeye Bullet’s attempt highlights the leaner, cleaner side of racing, featuring needle-shaped, battery-powered vehicles sprinting at 250-plus mph. Students aren’t the only Ones chasing green speed. Other teams include garage-savvy environmentalists, a former drag racer and a recovered quadraplegic who drives for charity, not just records.
Dot-com millionaire Elon Musk put his profits into orbit.
By William Jacobs
Posted 11.14.2004 at 2:55 pm 0 Comments
Late this month, if everything goes according to plan, Space Exploration Corporation, or SpaceX for short, will launch its privately funded two-stage rocket, Falcon I, into low-Earth orbit, carrying with it the U.S. Department of Defense’s TacSat-1 satellite. The ride costs just under $6 million, a price that undercuts the competition by up to two thirds. â€We want to be the Southwest Airlines of space launches,â€ says SpaceX CEO and PayPal founder Elon Musk.
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.