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Craig Ferguson's New Mythbuster Robot Sidekick: Exclusive Pics

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400

When Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson wanted a right hand man, he asked to Grant Imahara, star of the Discovery Channel's MythBusters, to build him the ultimate robot skeleton sidekick. Imahara walks Popular Mechanics through the build.

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Fake Products and Companies Certified by Energy Star

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

The Government Accountability Office Punk'd Energy Star recently by submitting fake products and companies for certification. The EPA's arbiters of efficiency standards rubber-stamped 15 out of 20 bogus products. Here are three of our favorite fabrications.

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Sawyer Flexes Solid Detective Skills on Lost: Fact vs. Fiction

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Is Sawyer a convincing detective? We talked to private investigators to see if Sawyer's cold-calling character is on the right track.

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Flashforward Stars Talk Sci-Fi Show's New Season

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

ABC's hit show FlashForward returns Thursday, March 18, with 12 new episodes. In an exclusive interview, Courtney B. Vance and Christine Woods tell what to expect from the last half of the first season-and how research is key to the process.

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Lost Makes Looney-Tunes Sense With Dynamite Use

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Fact vs. Fiction: Was the dynamite face-off a boom or bust? PM consults historians, anarchists and a disgruntled former Lost advisor to get answers.

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3D FX But Not Cameras Makes a Rich, New Alice in Wonderland

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

If there's any filmed world that's made for 3D, it's Wonderland. PM talks to Alice in Wonderland's visual effects supervisor, Ken Ralston, to find out how he and Tim Burton created an immersive 3D world-without using stereoscopic cameras.

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Lost's Human Shield Method Plausible, but not Foolproof

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

In last night's episode of Lost, "Sundown," flash-sideways Sayid used another man's body to take a bullet. But does this method of defense actually work? Popular Mechanics talked to a forensic scientist to find out.

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Dog Sled Racer: This is My Job

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

The 38th anual Iditarod, a 1100-mile dog sled race, begins March 6. PM speaks to champion racer Egil Ellis about the tools-and challenges-of the sport.

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The Crazies' Franken-Virus Toxins: How Scared Should We Be?

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

How much is the portrayal of the disease-and the military response-Hollywood hyperbole in The Crazies? Popular Mechanics spoke to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find out.

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2010 Oscars: PM Picks Winners for Sci/Tech Academy Awards

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Popular Mechanics convened a panel of experts that includes past Oscar winners, to sort out this year's nominees in the awards show's technical categories. Our expert's insight is the ultimate cheat sheet for those looking to win their Oscar pool.

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The World's Most Expensive Cow

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

When Missy the cow sold for a record-setting $1.2 million at an auction at Toronto's Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, outsiders gained a glimpse into the arcane world of elite livestock breeding. Whether it's the width of her hips or the quality of her milk, Missy excels.

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Questions for Joe Johnston, Director of The Wolfman

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

The man behind Jumanji and The Rocketeer sits down with Popular Mechanics to discuss how combining CG with old-school makeup makes for a better Wolfman.

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Demolition Blaster: This is My Job

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Cody Gustafson drives 80,000 miles a year to visit bridges, factories and coal silos-and then he destroys them. The 27-year-old has demolished more than 75 structures in 40 states, not to mention 300 Minuteman II nuclear missile silos.

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A History of Werewolves in the Movies

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Makeup artist Rick Baker used old-school techniques to turn actor Benicio del Toro into a werewolf for The Wolfman. But not all werewolves are made the same way-here's a quick guide to our favorite movie werewolves.

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Makeup Wizard Rick Baker Talks Wolfman Tech

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

If movie makeup artists had a mob, Academy Award-winner Rick Baker would be the Godfather. Baker walks PM through the process of turning actor Benecio del Toro into a werewolf for The Wolfman, out Feb. 12.

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