Issue: 20100501

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FROM THE EDITOR
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THE ELEMENT MAN
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ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, shortly after I arrived at this magazine, I was wandering around the Web one afternoon when I came upon a mention of a guy who had built a giant desk in the shape of the periodic table of the elements— a "periodic table table"—complete with cubbies in which he stored items from his extensive collection of element samples (the more stable, non-radioactive ones, at least).
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OTHER STUFF
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THE INBOX
Fuel Dump
Off the Hook
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Destroying nuclear waste is, well, very wasteful [FYI]. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s proposed LIFE thermonuclear fusion reactor (llnl.gov) would generate power while using nuclear waste as a fuel. The waste would be rendered a lot safer, and could produce nearly 100 times as much energy as it did when it was a "new” fuel rod.
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WHAT'S THE BUZZ ON POPSCI.COM?
LUNAR SLAVES
ELECTRONIC VIRTUOSOS?
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On a NASA plan to put remotely controlled humanoids on the moon: "Once you get them there, assuming you could keep them charged indefinitely, these 'avatars' would prove to he completely invaluable in lunar exploration, construction, development, etc."
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Volkswagen of America, Inc.
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MEGAPIXELS
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MUMMY DEAREST
CT scans and genetic analysis of King Tut's family reveal some surprising connections
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LANA BIRBRAIR
Scientists once suspected that this 3,300-year-old corpse was King Tutankhamun's mother. They were close. The mummy is now believed to have been his grandmother—his only grandmother. Using CT-scan analysis and the first DNA tests able to amplify the genetic material of the desiccated Egyptian mummies, an international group of scientists and consultants with the Family of Tutankhamun Project found that King Tut's parents were full brother and sister, born of this woman.
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MEGAPIXELS
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FROM DUST TO DUST
DNA-testing Martian soil could lead us to life on another planet
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LANA BIRBRAIR
Someday, microfluidics chips like this one might suss out life on Mars. The chip, developed by Gary Ruvkun, a professor of genetics at Harvard University, would ride along on a soil-collecting rover and search for microscopic life within Martian dust.
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WHAT'S NEW
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THE FOREVER EARPHONES
Sturdy construction and custom tuning could make these the last 'phones you'll ever need
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ERIC HAGERMAN
Spend hundreds on hi-fi earphones, and they had better last. But even pricey pairs get tossed around like keys. Sleek Audio already started a durability trend with detachable cords that can be replaced if broken. Now its SA7 model is the most hardwearing overall design we've seen.
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WHAT'S NEW
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THE goods
Sky Eye
Smarter Shade
Mower Control
Hang On
Sound Stacker
Better Bristles
A dozen great ideas in gear
Roll Back
Sharp Focus
Trash Compactor
Bright Little Light
Two Tunes
Datebook
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CORINNE IOZZIO
Even if you want to go backward, you never need to budge from your seat or put a foot down on this low-riding, adult-size trike. Shift its gears to reverse, and the pedals lock onto the front wheel to stop it from spinning forward as you cycle back. ASA Mobo Shift $600; asaproducts.com
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WHAT'S NEW
AUTOMOTIVE HOW IT WORKS
STRAIGHT AHEAD
A new helmet protects your brain by keeping your head more in line during a crash
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHTER
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MATTHEW COKELEY
A motorcycle accident can damage your brain in two ways: from the direct blow when your head hits the road, and then from the way your head turns, spinning violently and knocking your gray matter around inside your skull. Most helmets protect against the initial impact but not the rotation that follows, so Lazer Helmets built gear that keeps your head straighter.
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WHAT'S NEW
GADGETS COMING SOON
TOUCHSCREEN ON A TABLE
This tiny projector casts images that you can click and swipe
HOW IT CREATES A TOUCHABLE IMAGE
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DARREN MURPH
When you go to a restaurant in the near future, you might order your food by poking at icons on your table —they'll vanish when the plates arrive, and spilled drinks won't do them any harm. Light Blue Optics's pico projector is the first to turn any flat surface into a computer touchscreen.
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WHAT'S NEW
FOUR MORE
Pocket-Sized Projectors
THE BRIGHTEST
THE ALL-IN-ONE
THE HIGHEST-DEF
THE PHONE
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The 4x4-inch M1 Plus is one of the few small projectors whose image is visible in a brightly lit room. Its LEDs provide 66 lumens of brightness, more than twice the norm. AAXA Technologies M1 Plus $360; aaxatech.com
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3M's Latest handheld projector has its own flash memory and processor, so it can display videos, Excel files and PowerPoint presentations without a PC. 3M MPro 150 $400; 3m.com
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The mini display in Syndiant's prototype pico projector has more pixels than any other. That means the projected image has nearly the same resolution as a high-def TV. Syndiant, Foryou Multimedia and ASTRI R&D Prototype syndiant.com
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The W9600 phone builds in a DVD-quality, 854x480-pixel projector. With its cellular link and computing power, it can download—and instantly project —several movie formats. Samsung W9600 Price not set; samsung.com
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WHAT'S NEW
RECREATION TECH REBORN
PUMP IT UP
Inflate this surfboard like a bike tire to optimize its ride
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Shred more waves with a surfboard that morphs to suit the day's conditions. Using an ordinary bicycle pump and valve, you can add or remove air from the Lost Rocket's foam core, varying its flex. For instance, pumping it to a stiff 9 psi of pressure lets it speed over big, glassy waves; a pliable 1 psi lets it glide smoothly through choppy surf.
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WHAT'S NEW
FOUR MORE
BEACH GADGETS
TOUGH TYPER
IN DA HOOD
WARM CORE
DEEP SHINE
Casio G’zOne Brigade
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Casio's latest rugged phone—which can survive 30 minutes underwater—sports a full Qwerty keyboard for easy texting. It can live through heat, dust storms and five-foot drops. Casio G’zOne Brigade From $250; casiogzone.com
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Listen to music at the beach and then wash off the sand. Rusty’s hooded sweatshirts and jackets hide waterproof, machine-washable headphones in the drawstrings. Rusty Wired Series From $50; rusty.com
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Enjoy cold waves longer. Quiksilver's wetsuit vest uses a lithium-ion battery to warm two heating pads on your lower back up to 130 degrees. Your blood carries the heat to your limbs. Quiksilver Cypher Vest $200; quiksilver.com
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Tuck Pelican’s five-inch flashlight in a pocket in case you lose something—or decide to scuba dive. With its polymer case, it lasts for three hours even when submerged 330 feet. Pelican Nemo 1960 $32; pelican.com
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WHAT'S NEW
GREEN TECH TESTED
PEOPLE POWER
Charge your gadgets' batteries using your own muscles
AIT LIGHTSTORM CL1
EASY ENERGY YOGEN
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SARAH PARSONS
Stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead cellphone? Hand-crank generators let you charge up without a wall outlet, but most of them require a lot of work for a little electricity. A new crop of human-fueled chargers aims to create more power and store it more effectively.
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WHAT'S NEW
GADGETS TECH TREND
MOVIE PHONES
New handsets put a home theater in your pocket
THE TREND
WHY NOW
HOW YOU'LL BENEFIT
THE BEST VIDEO
THE BEST GAMING
THE BEST AUDIO
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CORINNE IOZZIO
Sleek, media-savvy phones cram in all the functionality of your TV: high-definition movies, surround sound and online videogames. Powerful new processors can run robust apps, handle high-quality audio, and animate high-resolution screens.
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HEADLINES
MEDICINE
BANKING ON DNA
The U.K. Launches the Largest-ever effort to turn genetic information into better medical treatments
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Every day for the past three years, 600 or so additional British citizens file into medical offices around the country. They are responding to a letter, stamped “BioBank” in blue letters, that begins: "We are writing to ask for your help in studying the prevention and treatment of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, dementia, and many other serious diseases."
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HEADLINES
EXTREME SCIENCE
THE HIGHEST DIVE
A skydiver jumps from the edge of space to set a record—and help plan an exit strategy for orbital tourists
THAT LAST STEP IS A DOOZY
LITTLE GREEN SKYDIVERS
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BJORN CAREY
Before famed skydiver Felix Baumgartner can jump out of his balloon at 120,000 feet, his ground crew will have to clear it with the Federal Aviation Administration. "Felix will be coming in like a missile," says Jon Clark, the medical director of the Red Bull Stratos mission. "We don't want him to be confused with one."
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HEADLINES
MILITARY TECH
A WHIFF OF DANGER
A portable bomb-sniffing tool could keep explosives off airplanes
HIDE AND SEEK
HOW TO SNIFF OUT BOMBS
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When the "underwear bomber" passed through security last Christmas, no one noticed the three ounces of PETN, one of the most reactive explosives, stuffed in his pants. Now a new portable chemical detector, capable of sensing explosives' vapor at parts per trillion, could finally uncover this and other chemical threats at airports.
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Panasonic: The LUMIX ZS Series
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HEADLINES
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
THE PERFECT LAWN
Turf science grows a hybrid supergrass that looks great on less water
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ARNIE COOPER
Your perfectly manicured lawn is good for more than croquet: The lawns in the U.S. could trap enough carbon every year to offset the emissions from burning 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline. Unfortunately, it takes seven billion gallons of water a day to keep these lawns lush.
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HEADLINES
ODD INVENTION
THE ENERGIZER COW
Idle livestock hit the gym to generate electricity for farms
HOOFIN' IT
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LYNNE PEEPLES
Instead of milling around aimlessly in pens, as most cows do, William Taylor's herd is put to work. As they eat, they walk on an electricity-generating treadmill. Taylor has invented, among other contraptions, a better manure mixer and a pen that prevents cows from kicking vets during medical procedures on his farm in Northern Ireland.
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FEATURES
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
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A year and a half ago, the future—the survival, really—of the American auto industry was very much in doubt. Cut to the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Thanks to a government rescue, the Big Three were still alive. Ford (which did not need rescuing) won both North American Car and Truck of the Year and unveiled the star of the show, a sleek new 40-mpg 2012 Focus.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
INSPIRATION
FUTURE DRIVE
Advanced electric drive, autonomous navigation and other technological advances will revolutionize the way we drive. PopSci presents three stunning visions for the future of the automobile
RAPID RESPONSE 2.0
THE ELECTRIC LUXURY RACER
THE ROBOTIC COMMUTER POD
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"MODULAR MISSION" FLEXIBILITY—THE ABILITY TO RAPIDLY REVAMP FOR A NEW TASK BY SIMPLY SWAPPING OUT GEAR—IS ALREADY IN THE CARDS FOR FUTURE NAVY WARSHIPS. THE SAME IDEA IS AT WORK IN THIS ALL-PURPOSE RESCUE VEHICLE, WHICH IS INSPIRED BY THE RESCUE X CONCEPT CREATED FOR FORD BY THE GERMAN DESIGNER ROBERT ENGELMANN.
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Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC: S 400 HYBRID
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S 400 HYBRID
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
ELECTRIFICATION
THE ELECTRIC-CAR CHEAT SHEET
A guide to the technologies, battery companies and carmakers that are bringing our electrified future here faster than you think
How Electric-Car Batteries Are Built
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SETH FLETCHER
IN THE PAST THREE years,the thought of companies like Chevrolet and Nissan selling lithium-ion-powered cars has gone from laughable to old news. Late this year, the plug-in Chevy Volt and pure-electric Nissan Leaf arrive. Carmakers from Ford to Toyota will follow in 2011 and 2012 with new electrified models of their own.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
ELECTRIFICATION
Emerging Electric-Car Hotspots: The East
Asia's advantage: battery-building dominance
CHINA
JAPAN
SOUTH KOREA
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The Chinese government has a goal: rule the global electric-car market by mid-decade. Of China’s 47 car companies, the Shenzhen-based BYD, which says it will begin selling its e6 EV in the U.S. this year, gets the most buzz. Fresh off a $230-million investment by Warren Buffett, BYD wants to surpass Toyota as the world’s largest car company by 2025, and it has an army of 30,000 workers living in high-rise dorms on its four-square-mile campus to make it happen.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
ELECTRIFICATION
THE RUST-BELT BATTERY BOOM
The Department of Energy spent $2.4 billion last year to launch an American EV-battery industry. These are the biggest winners
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Through its partnership with the French battery company Saft, Johnson Controls builds lithium-ion batteries for Mercedes, BMW, Ford and others. A $299.2-million DOE grant goes toward a new factory in Holland, Michigan.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
ELECTRIFICATION
Emerging Electric-Car Hotspots: The U.S.
America's advantage: new ideas, big gamblers
SAN FRANCISCO
LOS ANGELES
DETROIT
INDIANAPOLIS
SMYRNA, TENNESSEE
BOSTON
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An intellectual hub for the American electric-car movement, the Bay Area is home to Tesla Motors and various electric-car infrastructure companies. San Francisco is already installing charging stations for the early-adopter market.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
COMMERCIALIZATION
THE PRICE OF KARMA
Greener than a Prius and hotter than a Maserati, the Fisker Karma promises to change the way the world thinks about electric cars. The only problem is that nobody outside the company has driven one yet. Will Henrik Fisker tempt buyers into the electric age, or is he already a relic of the past?
THE ROAR OF SILENCE
NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER
UNDER THE HOOD
FIGHTING FOR THE HIGH END
TWO WAYS TO GET THERE
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Long, wide and low-slung, the car looks exotic, unplaceable. "It's the length of a Mercedes CLS, the width of a BMW 7-series, and the height of a Porsche 911," says the corporate spokesman at the wheel. The front end is so long that it must hold at least a V8, but in fact there is no discernible engine noise, only the quiet whine of electric motors.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
AUTOMATION
WHEN ROBOTS RULE THE ROADS
Humans make terrible drivers. Research shows we’re panic-prone, unpredictable and slow to react behind the wheel. Now a new breed of robot cars promises to eliminate human error for safer roads, less traffic and major fuel savings
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THE ROAD TO FLAWLESS DRIVERS
STEP ONE
PROVE ROBOT CARS CAN HANDLE THE WORST
This fall, a driverless Audi TTS will attempt to race up Pikes Peak. If a robot can ace this harrowing mountain run, your daily commute could be next
PIKES PEAK COURSE MAP
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WHEN AN AUDI TTS roars to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado later this year, it will rumble over 12.4 dusty miles, navigating 156 hairpin turns at up to 90 mph, a speed only a pro racer would attempt. Yet Audi won't have to hire one: The TTS will make the perilous ascent without a human at the wheel.
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THE ROAD TO FLAWLESS DRIVERS
STEP TWO
CREATE INTELLIGENT ROADWAYS
How all-seeing, all-knowing cars with real-time smarts and reflexes will keep traffic flowing safely
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TODAY’S CARS can already avoid collisions, accelerate, park, and brake on their own. Now automakers and governments are taking the final step, with the construction of networked automobiles that will let robot cars see every pothole, accident and traffic jam long before humans can.
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1&1 Internet, Inc.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
WHAT'S NEXT
THE URBAN COMMUTE, 2020
A TRAFFIC PROBES
B CARS THAT NEVER TAILGATE
C BEACONS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS
E TAKE-CHARGE EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES
D CRASH MITIGATION
F STICKY LANES
G SMART INTERSECTIONS
H PARKING LOTS THAT TALK
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Taking a cue from crowd-sourced navigation on GPS-equipped smartphones, networked cars will act as probes, delivering real-time traffic, weather and accident data. By roughly 2015, General Motors says, its adaptive cruise control systems will not simply adjust to slower cars ahead but will check for a lane opening and steer around cars without having to slow down.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
INTERNAL COMBUSTION
THE MOST ADVANCED ENGINES
Electric cars haven't killed the internal combustion engine yet. In fact, the century-old technology is just getting stronger every year
A DIESEL-LIKE ENGINE WITHOUT THE DIESEL POLLUTION
FUEL ECONOMY AT A PREMIUM
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With all the focus on hybrids and electric cars, you might assume that the internal combustion (IC) engine was headed for extinction. Yet more than 99 percent of the world's new cars still use one. That includes conventional hybrids, whose batteries and electric motors derive their energy entirely from gasoline.
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THE FUTURE OF THE CAR
CUSTOMIZATION
THE DIY AUTO INDUSTRY
Today’s cars may seem too sophisticated for tinkering, but the DIY auto movement is thriving, yielding designs and innovations too radical for mass production. Here are four awesome examples of modern garage-guy ingenuity
1. MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN
THE BUILD-IT-YOURSELF CONCEPT CAR
2. EFFICIENCY
RETRO-ELECTRIC
3. POWER
GREEN, SHMEAN
4. INTELLIGENCE
iCAR
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GREGORY MONE
The Rally Fighter from automotive start-up Local Motors is a burly, menacing vehicle no major manufacturer would ever include in its standard lineup. With its 33-inch tires, 20 inches of suspension travel and rugged inner skeleton, the street-legal desert racer is too niche for mass production.
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STIHL Inc.
KM 90 R
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HOW 2.0
YOU BUILT WHAT?!
HOT-ROD HAULER
An old logging truck is transformed into a sleek
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GREGORY MONE
Randy Grubb couldn’t get it off his mind. For years he had been driving past an old logger’s place near his home in rural Oregon, and one of the long-haul trucks in the man’s yard kept catching his attention. In late 2008, Grubb finally stopped for a closer look, and the toothless, cigar-chomping trucker let him rev the engine.
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HOW 2.0
YOU BUILT WHAT?!
HOW IT WORKS
DESIGN
SAFETY
EFFICIENCY
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Grubb describes the overhaul as "really tedious, laborious, nasty work." He opted for thinner tires in front, so they wouldn't dominate the look, and used a wider set at the rear. After chopping the truck cab down to fit the shrunken chassis, he spent about five months grinding steel tubing and other structural pieces.
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HOW 2.0
YOU BUILT WHAT?!
5 THINGS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR CAR
1 BUY IT CHEAP
2 GET FREE GEAR
3 USE LESS GAS
4 SAVE ON REPAIRS
5 FIX IT YOURSELF
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AMANDA SCHUPAK
Arm yourself for negotiations at TrueCar .com, which analyzes data from 43 percent of all new car sales nationwide, including factory and dealer costs, sticker price and average sale prices for most models and options. The site factors in local promotions too, and spits out a graph with what’s a good price, a great price or overpriced.
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HOW 2.0
GRAY MATTER
STOPPING POWER
How the same trick recovers energy in a hybrid car and can help you survive the zombie apocalypse
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THEODORE GRAY
When you step on your car’s gas pedal, you’re taking chemical energy stored in gasoline molecules and turning it into the kinetic energy of a moving car. It’s not the most efficient process in the world, but much of the energy content of the gas ends up as useful motion.
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ZOYSIA FARM NURSERIES
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HOW 2.0
USE IT BETTER
AUTO FOCUS
USE A GPS, A DASHBOARD-MOUNTED CAMERA AND SPECIAL SOFTWARE TO CREATE A PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD OF YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP
RECORD YOUR ROAD TRIP
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VIN MARSHALL
I’ve always loved taking pictures from the road when I travel, but on returning home I often had no idea where I had shot many of them. The only way to figure it out was by placing them on a timeline and working backward through my route. Recently I found a way to make it easier.
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HOW 2.0
ASK A GEEK
IS IT WORTH PAYING EXTRA FOR A GPS UNIT WITH TRAFFIC INFO?
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It depends on where you live and what kind of unit you’re looking at. Most GPS devices that show traffic get their data from a handful of providers like Clear Channel and Navteq, which collect their information from numerous sources. News of a coming pileup reaches your dash-board as text data over FM airwaves and updates every five to 15 minutes.
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ROCKAUTO, LLC
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HOW 2.0
TECH SUPPORT
ACCIDENTSKETCH.COM
CAR SITE OF THE MONTH
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This site’s interface lets you draw a re-creation of a car-accident scene just by dragging objects like roads, signs and other cars. You can also add text captions to explain what’s happening in the sketch. It won’t guarantee an insurance payment, but it will make it easier to justify why you plowed into that fire hydrant.
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HOW 2.0
TECH SUPPORT
AN iPHONE-CONTROLLED CAR
DON'T-TRY-THIS-AT-HOME PROJECT OF THE MONTH
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Waterloo Labs, a side project of five engineers in Texas, modded an Oldsmobile so it could be driven by remote control. They wrote an app so they could use an iPhone to steer, brake, and accelerate while they rode on top, at one point gunning it up to 70 mph.
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HOW 2.0
TECH SUPPORT
5 MINUTE PROJECT A PARKING MAP FOR YOUR FRIDGE*
So you never forget where in the urban jungle you last left your ride
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1 Print out a map of your neighborhood, including all the streets you usually park on, and put it on your refrigerator. 2 Attach a strong pushpin magnet to the spot where you parked, and hang your keys over it. 3 Stop wasting time searching for your car next time you need to drive somewhere.
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FYI
SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO KNOW
Q WHY NOT JUST DISPOSE OF NUCLEAR WASTE IN THE SUN?
SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO KNOW
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After FYI answered why dumping the world's nuclear waste into a volcano would be a bad idea [March], our inbox was flooded with readers wondering, "Well, how about shooting it into the sun?" On paper, this is a fantastic way to wipe our hands clean of all that pesky waste.
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THE FUTURE THEN
FROM THE POPULAR SCIENCE ARCHIVES
Testing Aluminum’s Mettle
Other Alternative Autos over the Years
SEPTEMBER 1923 Quick Steamer
JULY 1946 Plastic Body
AUGUST 1970 Lower Exhaust
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KRISTYN BRADY
After two decades of trial and error, Detroit was finally ready to introduce aluminum engines in 1960. The advantages were obvious: Replacing heavier iron or steel parts reduced the weight of a vehicle by up to 400 pounds. A sedan with an aluminum block increased fuel efficiency by as much as six miles per gallon, accelerated faster, and was more nimble on the road than heavier, iron-equipped models.
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