Kickstarter connects people with big ideas and zero funding to eager micro-investors around the U.S. But how are your town’s entrepreneurs faring? ThingsWeStart.com, an interactive map of Kickstarter projects, shows you at a glance. Zooming in on hotspots of ingenuity pinpoints individual projects. Click a pin to learn more about each one, including how much time you have left to contribute. You can even search for certain types of projects and set alerts for new arrivals.
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.