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Now Live: The July 2013 Issue Of Popular Science Magazine
Flight is freedom. The power to rise into the air and reach a destination unshackles us from gravity, distance, topography,...
The Next Phase Of Combat Aviation Isn’t Unmanned, It’s Less Manned
Robots are the new wingmen.
Check Out This Giant Inflatable Hangar For A Solar-Powered Plane
Instead of flying out of Dallas and touching down in a reserved hangar, the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse will land in an inflatable structure for part three of its trans-America flight.
Bats Build Mental Maps Of Their Surroundings And Remember Them For Future Flights
Like people choosing which path to take from the grocery store, bats develop preferred routes and remember them.
Homemade Jetpack Designed To Reach An Altitude Of 25,000 Feet
But, uh, how do you land?
BigPic: An Aircraft-Fire Simulator Goes Up In Smoke
On command, Daddy's Girl Rose Etta II burns down--and burns through 800 gallons of propane.
Lifting James’ Giant Peach Would Have Required Way More Seagulls Than Roald Dahl Said
Physicists calculate how many newtons of force would be needed to carry the peach across the Atlantic.
Inside China’s Secret Arsenal
The Chinese government is rapidly building a bigger, more sophisticated military. Here’s what they have, what they want, and what it means for the U.S.
Japanese Team Aims For World Record In Human-Powered Styrofoam Plane
The team wants to beat the world distance record for a pedal-powered airplane.
The Smarter, Safer, Stronger, Far-Out Materials Of The Future
Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.