Featured in december 2010
FYI: Did Cavemen Get Athlete’s Foot?
Hard to know, says Will Harcourt- Smith, an expert on early-human fossils at the American Museum of Natural History in … Continued
Video: Gray Matter Is Big in Japan
Our columnist heads to the Far East to prove that he's the world's greatest mad scientist.
NASA Engineers Propose Combining a Rail Gun and a Scramjet to Fire Spacecraft Into Orbit
In April, President Obama urged NASA to come up with, among other things, a less expensive method than conventional rocketry … Continued
Five Contests That Recognize The Science Achievements of the Everyman
There’s a long tradition of offering big cash prizes to entice talented and creative individuals to solve problems that have … Continued
FYI: How Would NASA Rescue An Astronaut Who Floated Away From The International Space Station?
It’s never happened, and NASA feels confident that it never will. For one thing, astronauts generally don’t float free. Outside … Continued
FYI: Can Skyscrapers Prevent Tornadoes?
It’s true that the plains of Kansas are a more familiar backdrop for tornadoes than Times Square, but the funnels … Continued
A Science Experiment in South Pole Ice Searches For Clues About Dark Matter
Every December since 2004, engineers have flown to the South Pole to drill 8,000-foot-deep holes in the ice. The team … Continued
December 2010: The 100 Best Innovations of the Year
Including a portable oasis, road-ready speedboat, the world's tallest building, and more
An iPhone-Controlled LED Suit Tears Up The Dance Floor
The sharpest-dressed man at Dragon*Con
Take Your Office Anywhere With This Weatherproof, Solar-Powered Rig
Use your computer for days even if you're away from civilization.