Featured in April 2010
April 2010: How It Works
Features How It Works Our annual look inside some of the world’s most amazing machines and gadgets. The Next-Gen Wind … Continued
You Built What?! The Electronic Didgeridoo
An electronic didgeridoo gives traditional Australian music a new spin
The Homemade Lunar Lander
Using off-the-shelf parts, a start-up built a rocket accurate and reliable enough to fly itself around the moon
What makes these everyday devices so innovative? We x-rayed them to find out
How It Works: The Lab That Fits in Your Hand
A piece of plastic the size of a credit card, combined with a book-size gadget, can diagnose as many deadly diseases as big laboratory machines can—but quickly, cheaply and in...
If I Ate Lab-Grown Human Tissue or Organs, Would I Be Considered a Cannibal?
We realize you’re asking hypothetically. If you’re looking to indulge in the other, other white meat but can’t stand the … Continued
Does Geothermal Power Cause Earthquakes?
A new energy method could trigger a risky side effect
What are Virtual PCs, and What Can I Do With Them?
You’ve finally got your PC set up to your liking and running smoothly. So when you decide to add software … Continued
Should I Be Worried About Electromagnetic Pulses Destroying My Electronics?
It depends on the source of the pulse. Electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) large enough to cause you trouble come in two … Continued
A Naked Engine For Cleaner Flights
A jet engine shelved in the '80s could improve airplane fuel economy today