Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500The Solar Decathlon competition, run by the Department of Energy (and sponsored in part by Popular Mechanics), pits 20 college teams against one another in a solar-paneled showdown of architecture and engineering. Here are the 20 teams competing.
Fri, 09 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, which uses an empty fuel tank to kick up a plume in order to measure the amount of water ice on the moon, is no more. The spacecraft careened into a crater and the analysis is just starting.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500Neuroscience was a hot ticket at the annual World Science Festival in New York City. The panel "Portraits of Perception: The Human Face" brought scientists and artists together to talk about the intersection of their fields in the act of seeing.
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500MIT's Giant Leaps conference offered a rare opportunity for an audience of Apollo alumni and aspiring students to hear from, if not President John F. Kennedy himself, then his closest advisor when the country toed the starting line of the Space Race.
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Fri, 15 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500America's moonshot in 1969 stands as testament to great engineering and organization. However, all plans are subject to change. As early as 1962, Popular Mechanics was analyzing NASA's concepts for the Apollo program.
Wed, 13 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500All season long Fringe has played with the idea of that there are actually two realities. PM spoke to physicist Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Impossible, to perform our final fact check for Fringe, season one.
Thu, 07 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500The penultimate episode before Lost's fifth season finale was chock full of action, but a little light on the science. However, it did reveal that the hydrogen bomb that's going to save the island is stored directly under the Dharma village.
Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500Things get hot-literally-in the latest Fringe episode, "The Road Not Taken." PM talked to Yale neurologist, Dr. Steven Novella, about the phenomenon of Spontaneous Human Combustion to separate the facts of the from the fiction.
Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500Lost's landmark 100th episode focused on an aspect of time travel that we've already discussed a few times before: free will. To straighten things out, we once again turned to time-travel expert and Lost fan, Richard Muller.
Wed, 29 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500Peter Bishop might only be able to handle one mad scientist, but in Fringe episode 18, "Midnight," we got two. Dr. Nicholas Boone joins Walter Bishop in his Harvard lab to help find his wife who's been turned into a spinal fluid-drinking monster.
Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500Climate Change: Picturing the Science, edited by PM editorial advisor Gavin A. Schmidt and photographer Joshua Wolfe, is the first book anyone seeking a layman's understanding of the science of global warming should read.
Wed, 22 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500In "Bad Dreams," FBI agent Olivia Dunham visits crime scenes in her dreams as the crimes are occurring. Walter Bishop realizes she is psychically connected to the killer, allowing her to experience the murders as they happen.
Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500More than 10,500 students are attending this year's FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship. This year, robots compete while traversing a surface meant to mimic the moon's low gravity.
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500On Lost, a Dharma worker meets his untimely demise when the island's electromagnetic field rips the filling right out of his tooth and straight through his brain. But is this even possible? PM consults the experts to find out. Presented By: Waking the Baby Mammoth: Sunday at 9p On the frozen plains of the Siberian tundra, a reindeer herder chances upon a 40,000 year old baby mammoth – the most perfectly preserved mammoth ever found. On Sunday, witness the mammoth’s unveiling to the world, as scientists reveal her incredible story. Click to meet the Baby Mammoth now >> natgeotv.com/mammoth Ads by Pheedo [...]
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500The hieroglyphics in Smokey's lair could hold the key to unlocking the secrets of the island. PM turned to James P. Allen, a Wilbour Professor of Egyptology and Chair of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies at Brown University.