Challenge: Genetically modify animals to follow us into battle. We could use PopSci’s favorite land mammal, lemurs. Genetic modification of plants is advanced enough that scientists can pick for certain traits--and anyone with a dog knows that selective breeding is very effective at yielding smarter, more agile animals. Let’s select the highest-leaping lemur and give it some dog genes to instill it with obedience and unquestioning loyalty. Lemur muttations: What could possibly go wrong?
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.