Featured in August 2009
New Lawsuit Challenges the Right to Patent Human Genes for Profit
Five breast cancer patients, with the help of the ACLU, are heading to court to dispute a company's right to monopolize parts of the human genome
Five Lessons for Dangerous Living With Bill Gurstelle
I learned a lot of interesting scientific facts while writing Absinthe and Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of...
The Future of Farming: Eight Solutions For a Hungry World
The challenge of growing twice as much food by 2050 to feed nine billion people—with less and less land—is everyone’s problem. But scientists are hard at work fomenting a second green revolution.
Another League Under the Sea: Tomorrow’s Research Subs Open Earth’s Final Frontier
Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
Kit of the Month: Twitter Your Home’s Power Consumption
Build an energy monitor that broadcasts your energy usage to the world
Five Tools To Survive the Apocalypse
Swine flu, nuclear tests, global warming—signs of impending doom abound. Should the unthinkable happen, the smart survivalist has two options:...
Why Does Coke From a Glass Bottle Taste Different?
It doesn’t. That’s what Coca-Cola’s spokespeople say, anyway. “The great taste of Coca-Cola is the same regardless of the package...
Blackout Bomb: Air Force’s High-Powered Microwave Weapons Fry Enemy Equipment
An experimental stealth weapon could blind enemy surveillance
A Water-Powered Jetpack
The Jetlev-Flyer propels itself using a torrent of water
If a Mosquito Bites Me after I’ve Had a Beer, Can It Get Drunk?
Shockingly, no major studies have been conducted on this topic. “The implications are, however, profound,” says Michael Raupp, an entomologist...