“One beaten man is worth two unbeaten men.” This is not the reasoning Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave to explain why Russia is green-lighting a dicey project to drill for undersea oil in the forbidding Arctic Ocean. It’s the justification he gave for Russia’s choice of partner in the projects: BP.
Modern technologies like GPS and cell signal triangulation have made the compass something of a novelty for most people simply trying to navigate their everyday lives. But super-sensitive compasses are necessary for many industrial and scientific applications, like oil and mineral exploration, seismology, or even maritime affairs (in emergencies, anyhow).
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.