Featured in May 2012
You Built What?!: A Portable X-Ray Machine
In his free time during high school, Adam Munich built himself a machine to see inside other machines
Gray Matter: In Which I Play With White Phosphorus
One of the nastiest substances on Earth creates a beautiful glow
FYI: My Dog Is A Very Good Listener, But How Much Can He Understand?
That depends. Dogs aren’t linguists, but they have remarkably good social cognition skills. Daniel Povinelli, a psychologist at the University...
Making Preserved Food Actually Taste Good
Preserving food isn't hard--the challenge is in the flavor (or lack thereof, or disgustingness thereof)
China Takes Off
The largest nation on Earth is flying more people more places than ever before. Its struggle to do so without (further) destroying the environment could show the rest of the world a greener way to travel
The Goods: May 2012’s Hottest Gadgets
A dozen great ideas in gear
Smartphones Will Become the Only Device Hardcore Gamers Need
When Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo introduces a new videogame console, its obsolescence within six years is more or less assumed....
Testing the Long-Awaited Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid
At the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the start-up Fisker Automotive unveiled its Karma concept , a high-end plug-in hybrid the...
Curious Things That Fall From The Sky
Rain and snow aren’t the only things to fall from the sky. Throughout history rare occurrences have been recorded of...
The Fastest, Lightest, Most Maneuverable R/C Jet Plane
Remote-control jets have never performed particularly well. Their engines are less efficient than exposed propellers at an R/C plane’s speed,...