Featured in September 2009
A Portable Device for Frying Electronics
An enemy missile has no strategic value if its computer is down. A high-power-microwave emitter can disable a missile’s electronics...
Real Genius: Eight Brilliant Inventors Still in High School
While their peers worry about zits, these rising young stars are designing lunar bioreactors and new cancer drugs. What did you accomplish before turning 18? Meet our eight future Edisons here
FYI: Do Other Animals Have Trouble With Wisdom Teeth?
The third molars—the last of a group of teeth that grinds food into easy-to-swallow chunks—tend to be overcrowded in adult...
Mites Keep Cockroaches Mold-Free
Thinking of keeping a giant roach as a pet? Make sure it's infested with beneficial parasites first
Build It: A Touch-Activated Speakerphone
Control your appliances in the dark with a hidden system that works just by placing your hand on your nightstand
Point. Click. Kill: Inside The Air Force’s Frantic Unmanned Reinvention
The age of remote-control warfare isn't coming--it's here, and not even the Air Force, which made it happen, is entirely prepared. Here, a firsthand look at the struggle to train thousands of drone pilots virtually overnight
How It Works: Protecting New Orleans With The World’s Largest Flood Pump
New Orleans sits smack dab between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, and when a hurricane comes rolling in,...
A Giant Parachute Pulls Orbital Debris Back to Earth
Having scrubbed the notoriously squalid streets of Paris spotless, the French have set their sights on a bigger clean-up project:...
Megapixels: A Living, Beating Pig Heart in the Lab, No Pig Necessary
This is a pig heart, procured from a slaughterhouse, beating on a heart-pumping machine called the Heart Cart. Because pig...
Sensors Mounted On Commercial Airliners Networked For Most Accurate Weather Forecasts Ever
AirDat's sensors, currently installed on the nosecones of 160 commercial airplanes, beam real-time atmospheric data to forecasters