Issue: 20020801

Thursday, August 1, 2002
AUGUST 2002
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POPULAR SCIENCE
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Subaru
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LEATHERMAN: Juice
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LEATHERMAN
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POPULAR SCIENCE
Contents
tech
news
stories
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From the Editor
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I'm Lying Right Now
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Scott Mowbray
HERE ARE SOME STATEMENTS I RECENTLY MADE. ONE OF them is untrue. (And it may be the preceding statement.) I'm 6 feet 2 inches tall. Yes, my luggage has been in my control at all times. I invested wisely during the dot-com run-up and got out just in time.
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masthead
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POPULAR SCIENCE
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Advertisement: BEST BUY
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BEST BUY
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GARMIN
StreetPilot III
GARMIN
GPS V
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May the First Flyer Rest in Peace
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Thanks for your article on the Wright brothers ["Rebuilding the Genius Machines," June]. Ken Hyde and his team can readily be forgiven should they have trouble getting the 1903 replica to fly—the Wrights themselves required about a year of trials with the improved 1904 model to equal their best Kitty Hawk flight!
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Letters
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Letters
Of Particles and Pucks
Dirty Indy Car, Clean Coal, Clear Conscience
We Dropped the Die
Hotshots Like Smokejumpers, Really
Rare Car Missing
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I'm a Daytonian, and I appreciate your mentioning the Wright brothers' home as being Dayton, Ohio. North Carolina license plates say "First in Flight,” and yes, this is technically true. But let me state this one more time—Dayton, Ohio, is the birthplace of modern aviation.
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HOW TO CONTACT US Address: 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016 Fax: 212-779-5103 PRODUCT INQUIRIES We have included the city and state for companies mentioned in our articles. For further assistance: E-mail: reader@popsci.com Fax:212-779-5103 LETTERS Comments may be edited for space and clarity.
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NISSAN DRIVEN: NISSAN ALTIMA.
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NISSAN DRIVEN
NISSAN ALTIMA.
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ebay Motoras
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ebay Motoras
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What'sNew
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motorcars Lean,Mean Driving Machine
One part automobile, one part motorcycle. Stir. Then get out of the way.
watches Touchy-Feely Chronometer
THE BETTER PAINT CAN
computing A Laptop That's a Desktop
preview drive 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8
INSIDE VW'S NEW POWERPLANT
cameras CAMERAS WITH TO-DO LISTS
SNAP IT, THEN SHARE IT
prototype Read the Writing on the Wall
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$595.
Watches are hopping on the tactile bandwagon. With six electrodes in its sapphire face, the Tissot T-Touch puts smart functions at your finqertips: thermometer, altimeter, chronograph, compass, alarm, and weather. We'd like to see a larger LCD, but smarts and good looks make this watch appropriate for the office or the Appalachian Trail. Price: $595. www.t-touch.com
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Watches are hopping on the tactile bandwagon. With six electrodes in its sapphire face, the Tissot T-Touch puts smart functions at your finqertips: thermometer, altimeter, chronograph, compass, alarm, and weather. We'd like to see a larger LCD, but smarts and good looks make this watch appropriate for the office or the Appalachian Trail. Price: $595. www.t-touch.com
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$595.
Watches are hopping on the tactile bandwagon. With six electrodes in its sapphire face, the Tissot T-Touch puts smart functions at your finqertips: thermometer, altimeter, chronograph, compass, alarm, and weather. We'd like to see a larger LCD, but smarts and good looks make this watch appropriate for the office or the Appalachian Trail. Price: $595. www.t-touch.com
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$595.
Watches are hopping on the tactile bandwagon. With six electrodes in its sapphire face, the Tissot T-Touch puts smart functions at your finqertips: thermometer, altimeter, chronograph, compass, alarm, and weather. We'd like to see a larger LCD, but smarts and good looks make this watch appropriate for the office or the Appalachian Trail. Price: $595. www.t-touch.com
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$595.
Watches are hopping on the tactile bandwagon. With six electrodes in its sapphire face, the Tissot T-Touch puts smart functions at your finqertips: thermometer, altimeter, chronograph, compass, alarm, and weather. We'd like to see a larger LCD, but smarts and good looks make this watch appropriate for the office or the Appalachian Trail. Price: $595. www.t-touch.com
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The Vandenbrink Carver, launched in January, is a crossover vehicle of a different sort: Its enclosed cabin is reminiscent of a car's (specifically, the New Beetle's), but it seats just two in tandem like a motorcycle. It leans into turns (motorcycle), as directed by a steering wheel (car).
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CREATIVE
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scuba Tech Goes Deep
Seven ways to dive farther, swim faster, and avoid confrontations with nature.
WEAR A MORE COMFORTABLE SUIT
CUSTOMIZE YOUR FINS
BE SEEN IF YOU GET IN TROUBLE
SEE MORE FISH
BREATHE EASIER AS YOU DIVE DEEPER
BECOME MORE BUOYANT (QUICKLY)
REPEL DANGEROUS PREDATORS
5.1 Channels of Sound Are Plenty
roundup Head Masters
update NOW, DIAL AN E-MAIL
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
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3000 X
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Finally, a scuba suit that doesn't feel like a straight jacket. O'Neill's new 3000 X ($216) borrows high-tech fabrics from surfing wet suits. Chief among them: Thin Ultraflex neoprene in the arms and shoulders provides less resistance and a greater range of motion. Extra protection on the chest prevents body heat from escaping, www.oneill.com
SUZANNE KANTRA KIRSCHNER
Despite the inherent danger, scuba became all the rage not long after Jacques Cousteau invented the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus in 1943. (In fact, in July 1953, POPULAR SCIENCE showed readers how to make their own gear.) Almost 60 years later, scuba is still growing in popularity, with 3 million certified divers in the United States alone.
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DISCOVER
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DISCOVER
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why buy How to Make Your Water Squeaky Clean
Some filters improve taste, others remove impurities. Here's how to pick the right one for your tap.
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Carbon Filter
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$25 How It Works: Contaminants are trapped as water flows through Removes: Tastes and odors from organic compounds, plus chlorine and pesticides. Some eliminate heavy metals Ignores: Microbes and some metals Product Types: At the tap, carafes, or under sink
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Carbon Filter
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$25 How It Works: Contaminants are trapped as water flows through Removes: Tastes and odors from organic compounds, plus chlorine and pesticides. Some eliminate heavy metals Ignores: Microbes and some metals Product Types: At the tap, carafes, or under sink
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Carbon Filter
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$25 How It Works: Contaminants are trapped as water flows through Removes: Tastes and odors from organic compounds, plus chlorine and pesticides. Some eliminate heavy metals Ignores: Microbes and some metals Product Types: At the tap, carafes, or under sink
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Carbon Filter
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$25 How It Works: Contaminants are trapped as water flows through Removes: Tastes and odors from organic compounds, plus chlorine and pesticides. Some eliminate heavy metals Ignores: Microbes and some metals Product Types: At the tap, carafes, or under sink
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Carbon Filter
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$25 How It Works: Contaminants are trapped as water flows through Removes: Tastes and odors from organic compounds, plus chlorine and pesticides. Some eliminate heavy metals Ignores: Microbes and some metals Product Types: At the tap, carafes, or under sink
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$25 How It Works: Contaminants are trapped as water flows through Removes: Tastes and odors from organic compounds, plus chlorine and pesticides. Some eliminate heavy metals Ignores: Microbes and some metals Product Types: At the tap, carafes, or under sink
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$25 How It Works: Contaminants are trapped as water flows through Removes: Tastes and odors from organic compounds, plus chlorine and pesticides. Some eliminate heavy metals Ignores: Microbes and some metals Product Types: At the tap, carafes, or under sink
Suzanne Kantra Kirschner
If you lived on a deserted island, would you buy a home security system? Consumers do the aquatic equivalent every day, purchasing water filters without knowing if there's anything worrisome in their water. So always test your water first.
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AUGUST FOCUS GAMING
Play It You Will
THE SIMS FIND A WEB ADDRESS And if thats not enough, a game arrives from a galaxy far, far away.
sneak preview Next Year's Games to Watch What the world's top developers are working on.
GET A GRIP! Four new ways to seize control of your favorite game.
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STICK IT TO YOUR ENEMIES With front-mounted throttles and a rapid-action trigger within easy reach, Saitek's Cyborg 3D Pro for PlayStation 2 and Adrenalin Stick (shown) for Xbox joysticks (each $40) are surefire score-boosters for flying, shooting, and driving games, www.saitek.com
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STICK IT TO YOUR ENEMIES With front-mounted throttles and a rapid-action trigger within easy reach, Saitek's Cyborg 3D Pro for PlayStation 2 and Adrenalin Stick (shown) for Xbox joysticks (each $40) are surefire score-boosters for flying, shooting, and driving games, www.saitek.com
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STICK IT TO YOUR ENEMIES With front-mounted throttles and a rapid-action trigger within easy reach, Saitek's Cyborg 3D Pro for PlayStation 2 and Adrenalin Stick (shown) for Xbox joysticks (each $40) are surefire score-boosters for flying, shooting, and driving games, www.saitek.com
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STICK IT TO YOUR ENEMIES With front-mounted throttles and a rapid-action trigger within easy reach, Saitek's Cyborg 3D Pro for PlayStation 2 and Adrenalin Stick (shown) for Xbox joysticks (each $40) are surefire score-boosters for flying, shooting, and driving games, www.saitek.com
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The two most highly anticipated online games in history are just months away. And after getting a sneak preview of The Sims Online and Star Wars Galaxies, it's fair to say that both have a good chance of luring newbies into the online gaming arena — even at $ 10 a month.
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CRAFTZMAN
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Concept
Prototype
Thin Car Travels Far
Volkswagen's canoe-skinny mini could do New York to D.C. on 1 gallon of gas.
World-Class Gas Sippers
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John Matras
TO LISTEN TO AUTOMAKERS SNIPE ABOUT TIGHTENING FUEL ECONOMY standards, you'd think it impossible to squeeze more miles from a barrel of Extract of Arabia. This, of course, is not the case, particularly if you design a vehicle expressly to drive far and drink little.
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Man&Machine
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9 Horses, and You Feel Like A.J.Foyt
Competitive karting is CART for the rest of us. And the kids can kick your butt.
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Stephan Wilkinson
o I spend my life playing with fast cars, and the first time I’m on a track with my 23-year-old daughter—the backpacker with the Ivy League sociology degree—she blows me into the bulrushes. Almost literally: The downhill chicane leading onto the main straight at Oakland Valley threatens to launch you right over the rumble strip into a cattail-bordered pond if you don't get the kart rotated and the power down early.
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ENCOMPASS INSURANCE
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ENCOMPASS INSURANCE
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ebay
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ebay
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ThermaCare : HEATWRAPS
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HEATWRAPS
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NewsFiles
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education Why Johnny Thinks E=mc3
The problem. one critic says. lies with science textbooks. They stink.
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fAR TOO MANY OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEXTbooks are just abominable. In recent years, some have featured maps that show the equator running through the southern United States, photos that don’t match their captions, and misstatements of major laws of physics.
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NewsFiles
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digital development THE HOLE-IN-THE-WALL GANG
Hands-on Indian kids master computerese with zero instruction.
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fROM FISHING VILLAGES ON THE COAST OF the Arabian Sea to New Delhi slums teeming with people and poverty, children are learning the basics of computing—all by themselves. It’s an experiment in what Sugata Mitra calls Minimally Invasive Education.
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robotics AIBO DOGS BOOGIE, SONY DOESN'T BARK
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"VOGUE!" BLEATS MADONNA'S VOICE, and three robotic dogs stare straight ahead, slowly lifting their front paws above their heads to the '90s hit. Perfectly in sync, they flip their paws inward and, yes, strike a pose. The dogs (which can be seen at www.aibopet.com) are Sony Aibos, and they learned to vogue courtesy of a passionate hacker and robotics hobbyist known only as Aibopet.
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nanotechnology TINY MOTOR, GIANT LEAP
A little engine that can.
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IN THE RACE TO BUILD EVER-SMALLer devices, a new entry appears to have burst into the lead. Researchers in Germany have turned a single molecule into a sort of motor. Azobenzene, a polymer molecule, has a unique characteristic: It changes from one shape to another when exposed to light of different wavelengths.
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space travel LET'S DO LAUNCH
American rocketeers hope to reignite business.
YOUR ORDER, PLEASE?
THRUST TO BURN
STEAM MACHINE
THE NEW SPACE RACE
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ONCE UPON A TIME, the United States was the world leader when it came to doing business in space: We launched most of the world's commercial satellites. But after the disastrous Challenger explosion of 1986, then-President Reagan banned the shuttle from carrying commercial payloads (a ban that remains in effect), and the European Space Agency quickly began to grab more and more of the commercial market.
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neurology WHAT DRIVES A MOUSE TO DRINK? ITS GENES
WHY DOES STRESS TURN SOME PEOPLE
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into lifelong boozers, while others can gut it out with no lasting harm? Researchers at Munich's Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry studied this question by testing mutant mice that couldn't handle stress well. The answer, they now say, may lie in our genes.
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BELTRONICS
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recycling POWER FROM THE THRONE
It's not waste unless you waste it.
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WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE years, sewage and other types of wet waste could produce enough energy to power cars, homes, and factories. A team headed by Ashok Bhattacharya, director of the process technology group at England’s Warwick University, has developed a method of pulling hydrogen gas from sludge and other wet biomass—hydrogen that can be used in fuel cells.
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psychology IQ BRUISED AS EGO BATTERED
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IF SOMEONE MAKES YOU FEEL STUPID, that doesn't make you stupid, does it? Well, actually, it might, according to a two-year study on isolation and rejection conducted by social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister of Ohio's Case Western Reserve University, and two colleagues.
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YOU'RE NOT GETTING OLDER, JUST YOUR DNA
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eVERYTHING CONKS OUT eventually—our TV sets, our cars, even our bodies. It’s obvious why appliances wear out, but not people. Bodies have a tremendous ability to repair themselves. So why then do we age? According to one theory, it's all genetic: Just as our cells are programmed to make us grow, at a certain point they are programmed to make us die.
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Advertisement: CONSORT
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CONSORT
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DISPATCHES FROM THE DREAM OF PERSONAL FLIGHT
INVENTORS LONG PROMISED THAT A CHEAP, EASY-TO-FLY HELICOPTER WAS NIGHT CAN WOODY NORRIS FINALLY BRING ONE TO MARKET?
"I SWEAR," WOODY NORRIS SAYS,
STANDARD HELICOPTER
SOLOTREK
AIRSCOOTER
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SETH SHULMAN
"I’m going to pour gasoline on that motor and set it on fire once we get our new four-stroke engine installed." Elwood Norris, inventor, promoter, and full-throttle enthusiast about the dream of building a personal flying machine, is joking about the temperamental Italian two-stroke engine that powers a contraption he refers to as his baby.
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LOOKING BACK
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HELICOPTER KITES & PLANE-CARS
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Imagine flying an 86-pound windmill built of water pipe and wood. Igor Bensen's Gyro-Glider was half kite, half helicopter. A modest tow speed or tail wind got the glider's rotor blades spinning quickly enough for the craft to take off, claimed the inventor.
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liar liar pants on fire
The polygraph, though used in hiring, marital disputes, and possibly even anti-terror investigations, is flawed. Now scientists are looking deep within the brain to devise ways to detect deception at its source.
Is Foolproof Lie Detection in the Cards?
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Polly Shulman
Brown passionately defended his innocence, and in January 2001, his supporters leapt on advances in DNA testing to prove that a semen sample from Russell that had been kept refrigerated at a crime lab in Toledo, Ohio, was not Brown's. But that wasn't enough to get Brown released.
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Terror Talk
Can polygraphs expose anti-U.S. plots?
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LARRY STEVENS
The Department of Defense isn't say-ing whether he detectors are being used to grill prisoners captured in the war against terrorism. An FBI spokes-man is only a bit more revealing: "It's fair to say polygraphs are being ad-ministered an some cases," says Paul Bresser.
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Calling that Bluff
The science of "tells."
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The final moments of a poker hand are agonizing. The chips are in the pot; your opponent just raised your last bet. Call or fold? What are you going to do? Your opponent, a regular at this Friday night game, looks around the room. He fixes his hair.
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MINI PLANE WITH HIGH iQ THE NAVY’S NEW LITTLE SWARM DRONES WILL SURVEY, REPORT, EVEN POSSIBLY ATTACK— WORKING AS AN INTELLIGENT GROUP
scenario 1 SEEK AND DESTROY
scenario 2 PROTECTING PORTS
scenario 3 BEACH PATROL
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FRANK VIZARD
SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY THE brown pelicans flew in formation over the waves transfixed Vince Castelli. He was on vacation at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but the movement of the birds took him back to discussions he and his engineering colleagues at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in West Bethesda, Maryland, had had in a brainstorming session.
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the mod Squad
how to mod
must-have mods
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DAVID KUSHNER
CONSIDER WHETHER YOU WOULD hack a DVD of the film Gladiator so that Russell Crowe was relocated from Rome to, say, a Wal-Mart parking lot in Missoula, Montana. Perhaps substitute pickup trucks for chariots, grizzly bears for lions.
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HACKED TO DEATH
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOOD HACKERS GO BAD? SOME SHOW-OFFS BEAT THE RULES AND CLEAN UP.
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MOST GAME HACKING IS FAIRLY BENIGN; SOME IS INSPIRED. BUT CROSS paths with the wrong hombre in Diablo II, a fantasy role-playing game that has spawned a large interactive community of online players, and you could find your game persona naked, penniless, or dead.
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CRACKING THE XBOX
NINTENDO-STYLE GAME CONSOLES POSE THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE-AND THAT'S WHAT HACKERS LIVE FOR
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THE CLOSED ARCHITECTURE OF GAME CONSOLES SUCH AS SONY'S PLAYStation 2 has made them almost impossible to infiltrate. Hackers hoped for a new playground, however, with Microsoft's Xbox console, which went on sale last November. That's because the Xbox is PC-based, with a standard Intel processor and a hard drive.
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The Army's New Wheels
The eight-wheel armored Stryker is here —and we're the first to drive it.
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PHIL BERG
JUST IN CASE YOU missed it, the U.S. Army changed forever on March 8. That’s when the first eight-wheel armored Stryker rolled off an Ontario assembly line. In the future, instead of waiting weeks for 70-ton Abrams tanks to arrive by sea, soldiers anywhere in the world can count on transport planes to deliver 19-ton Strykers in just four days.
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PopSci Battles'The Beast'
Can high-tech balls help us outdrive the world's longest driver?
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JON R. CALLIHAN
Unless you play golf regularly, a ball is a ball. But that doesn't stop makers from promising major improvements in distance or control—or both—with every new introduction. Can golf ball tech help the weekend hacker? To find out, we tested five of the newest.
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POP CULTURE SCIENCE BEHIND THE HEADLINES
The MIT Martini Maker
Chemist-turned-barman Eben Klemm proves that drinkmaking is no art.
THE POPSCI EGGHEAD
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DAVID SPARROW
hE USED TO STUDY THE GENE-sequencing or fruit flies at MIT's Whitehead Institute, but now 31year-o1d Eben Klemm brings his methodological training to what might be called human ethyldynamics: He formulates $12 cocktails at a Manhattan restaurant called Pico.
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indoor innovations: PHASE 2 AIR PURIFIER
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PHASE2 AIR PURIFIER
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THE POPSCI CAR TEST
The Mutant Monsters
The Cadillac Escalade EXT and Lincoln Blackwood defy description —and, arguably, common sense.
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PICKUP TRUCKS FAR OUTSELL CARS. SUVS ARE STILL hotter than the asphalt at Daytona. Many of Lincoln and Cadillac's current customers also own another automaker’s truck. If you’re one of these companies’ top executives, how can you not decide to start building pickup trucks?
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POPSCI EXPERIMENT
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A Truck That Drinks Less Than a Car?
We prove that pickups and SUVs don't have to guzzle gas.
HOW WE IMPROVED OUR TRUCK'S AERODYNAMICS
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DAN CARNEY
THE HYPOTHESIS When it comes to gas mileage, it's not only what you drive but how you drive. THE CHALLENGE Over 195 miles of interstate, get better gas mileage from a full-size truck than a midsize car. Use any means necessary to improve the truck's mileage, but leave the car untweaked.
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They'rrrrrre Back!
Crop-circle expert and Signs advisor Colin Andrews sorts circular trick from truth.
Stuck in the Moment
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TED JOHNSON
DANIELLE BURGIO
WHEN TWO MEN CLAIMED RESPONSE bility for England’s crop circles in 1991, the world let out a collective “case closed.” But not Colin Andrews, founder of Circles Phenomenon Research International, who claims hundreds of them are unexplainable.
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Coast to Coast on a Single Tank?
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•"THIS THING IS PURE sex,” says Doug Malewicki. “It looks like it's going 150 mph parked.” Whatever constitutes Malewicki's definition of pure sex, his machine, the C2C, is intriguing. It's a three-wheeled vehicle designed and built by Malewicki and his partner Len Stobar, with no corporate backing.
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GIZMO GALLERY:
UNUSUAL STUFF INVENTED BY ORDINARY PEOPLE
DEATH TO DOG BREATH
A NEW BRUSH FOR FIDO'S HORRENDOUS HALITOSIS
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GUNJAN SINHA
ALLl-GATOR IS A TERRIER who's crazy about tennis balls. She'll do anything to keep them away from owner Brian Kirkpatrick, from locking her jaws around them to rolling them under the couch. That, along with a gift for making gadgets, got Kirkpatrick, who owns a lawn care business in Conway, Arkansas, inventing dog toys.
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The Junk-Food Scientists
Kansas kids dig deep and discover a mystery about the fats in french fries.
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AMAR SHAH
•"KIDS EAT FRENCH FRIES, AN average of about 30 pounds a year,” says high school science teacher Janice Crowley. "So I decided we'd study what they eat.” Good decision: The science of french fries has brought Crowley and her students at Wichita Collegiate School in Kansas a $10,000 grant and publication in a scientific journal.
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Will female athletes ever beat their male counterparts?
PUZZLE WAR OF THE SPACE INVADERS
Why do wooden baseball bats break?
Why are some pistachios red?
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BOB SILLERY
The jury is out, so to speak, with expert opinions ranging from indeed, to not likely, to simply no way. But whichever side you listen to, the answer always entails a healthy dose of biology and sociology. Biology first. Few experts would argue that women will ever compete with men in trials of strength and power, such as the shot put, 100meter dash, and 50-meter freestyle swim.
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PROFESSIONAL MOWING COMES HOME
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JUST THE FACTS Dolphins
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BOB SILLERY
In 2001, dolphins joined the ranks of chimpanzees, orangutans, and humans as the only species to pass the "mirror test," considered a benchmark for self-awareness. When scientists marked a pair of dolphins on areas of their bodies not normally visible to them, the aquatic mammals raced to a mirror and twisted their bodies to expose the marks.
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Looking Back
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After Spanish engineer Juan de la Cierva built the first "autogyro" plane in 1923, other inventors followed. In 1934, we highlighted a distinctive variation, E. Burke Wilford's twin-rotor gyroplane "capable of carrying heavy loads." Wilford's twin outrigger pylons reflected some of the aerodynamic thinking seen a few years later in the German FA-61, considered the first successful helicopter.
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