July 2009 Issue: The Future of Energy
Extraordinary solutions for a clean-energy century
From here to 2050: The Reality-Check Energy Guide; Which technologies will finally free us from oil?
Last October, Iceland’s economy tanked. Its bailout? A two-mile geothermal well drilled into a volcano that could generate an endless supply of clean energy. Or, as Icelanders will calmly explain, it could all blow up in their faces
Can physics Nobel winner Steven Chu, head of the Department of Energy, inspire an energy revolution?
John B. Carnett, PopSci‘s staff photographer, is using the latest green technology to build his dream home. Follow his progress in his new recurring column, debuting this month
A robot nurse, a virtual patient, a mind-reading helmet and more
An autonomous spycraft designed to fly practically forever, powered by nothing but sunshine
• Next-Gen Firefighting Technology Arrives Just in Time to Combat Wildfires: High-tech solutions to a burning problem
• A Nylon Sheath For Your House, to Quench Fires: A new system could stop raging flames from burning down your home
• Eye, Robot: A filmmaker documents his life using a homemade video camera implanted in his prosthetic eye
• Sunspots Missing, Camel Found: A roundup of science and tech’s lost and founds this month
• An Artificial Uterus Gives an Endangered Species a Shot at Survival: Building a shark factory
• Volvo’s Anti-Fender-Bender Tech Hits the Brakes For You: PopSci tests new tech that doesn’t let you crash
• Online Videogames Herald the End of Discs — and Expensive PCs: Gaming grows up, moves out