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20 Teams and Their Tech Compete at the Nation's Capitol

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500

The 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.

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NASA's LCROSS Moon Bomb Makes Lunar Impact: Video

Fri, 09 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500

NASA'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.

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Scientists and Artists Explore Visualization at World Science Festival

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500

Neuroscience 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.

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Giant Leaps: Apollo 11 Alums Reflect 40 Years Later at MIT Conference

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500

MIT'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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PM Covered NASA's Moon and Apollo Plans Years Before the Launch: Time Machine (March 1962)

Fri, 15 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500

America'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.

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Fringe Season Finale Flirts With Theoretical Physics

Wed, 13 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500

All 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.

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Lost's Nuclear Burial Leaves Room for Leaks

Thu, 07 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500

The 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.

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Fringe takes on Spontaneous Human Combustion, Gets Burned

Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500

Things 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.

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Faraday's Physics on Lost Stray from Science Towards Spiritual World

Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500

Lost'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.

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Fringe Takes on Spinal Fluid: The Science Misses the Mark

Wed, 29 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500

Peter 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.

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Picturing Climate Change and Understanding It: Book Review

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500

Climate 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.

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Fringe's Parapsychology and Sleep Science are Slim on Facts

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500

In "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.

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FIRST Robotics Competition 2009 World Championship: PM Reports on the Winning Team from the Georgia Dome

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500

More 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.

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Lost's Death-by-Filling Not Possible, According to Experts

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500

On 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 [...]



Lost Channels Ancient Egyptian Legend to Explain Smoke Monster

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500

The 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.

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