February 2010 Issue: Rebuilding America's Infrastructure

February 2010

Rebuilding America


[Renovating America


How can we build better bridges, highways and water mains? With new tech, including superconducting power lines, no-dig water pipes, and self-healing pavement. By Adam M. Bright

Mary Lou Jepsen, the engineer behind the "$100 laptop" initiative, has perfected an LCD screen that could finally mean the death of paper. By Lauren Aaronson

Neuroscientists can reconstruct mental images—like the hamburger you're picturing—using a common brain scanner and complex math. Reading your thoughts may well be next. By Lisa Katayama

To fear or not to fear: next-gen nukes, cyborg beetles, and a drug that makes you trust total strangers. We uncover the truth behind creepy research.** By Jason Daley**

Learn from PopSci's staff photog as he constructs a home packed with eco-innovations. This month: Radio-controlled light switches to save energy easily.** By John B. Carnett**


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