The Week In Numbers: The Rise Of Bed Bugs, A Portable X-Ray Machine, And More

2,500 mph: the speed attained this year by the six-passenger Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites Spaceship Two, the first commercial spacecraft to exceed Mach 1

99 percent: the portion of American exterminators that have encountered bed bug infestations in the past year, up from only 11 percent more than 10 years ago

2015: the year Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota plan to offer a small number of hydrogen fuel-cell cars to consumers

15 gigawatt-hours: the amount of electric energy—nearly a day’s output for a mid-size nuclear power plant—that has been lost since 2012 to the Tesla Model S’s “vampire” power drain problem

$71 million: the amount Michelin is investing in plant-based tires

90 percent: the portion of drugs that pass animal testing, then fail in human trials (scientists are developing alternatives that equal or surpass animal-based methods)

1 foot: the length of a plug of whale earwax

4.6 feet: the height of the Samsung Roboray, an agile, bipedal robot that can 3-D-map its surroundings in real time, and thus navigate an environment without GPS

5 pounds: the weight of the MiniMAX, a portable x-ray machine that can be whisked to accidents, crime scenes, battlefields, airports, sidelines, and any other place that could benefit from on-the-spot x-ray vision

1944: the year the United States built its last battleship (check out this “How A Battleship Works” infographic from the October 1943 issue of Popular Science)

Close Up On Gun Turrets
Close Up On Gun Turrets S.W. Clatworthy, Popular Science

$225: the price of a tennis racquet made from the world’s strongest material

70 percent: the portion of America’s silent films that have been lost since the arrival of “talkies,” according to a recent Library of Congress study