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Anatomy of Big Air: How a Champion Snowboarder Uncorks a Huge Trick

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:00:00 EST

The 2012 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships are happening this week, so the half-pipe in Stratton,Vt., is full of snowboarders catching big air. Here, Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark walks us through the anatomy of a 900.(image)

How to Make a More Tornado-Resistant Home

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 06:30:00 EST

Our wood-frame houses just aren’t built to withstand tornado forces, as the pictures from storm-ravaged towns this weekend attest. But you can strengthen your home to make it more resistant to high winds.(image)

Infectious Disease Specialist: This Is My Job

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 03:30:00 EST

Philip Polgreen is a disease detective, using smart sensors and mathematical models to help scientists get smarter about tracking outbreaks.(image)

How the iPad is Revolutionizing the NFL

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:00:00 EST

Forget the overstuffed three-ring binder. Tablet computers are quietly taking over NFL locker rooms as the playbook of the 21st century.(image)

Powder Keg: Mountain Snowmobilers and Skiers Learn to Share the Backcountry

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 06:30:00 EST

These muscular sleds are powering a new breed of snow junkies—and a DIY take on heliskiing. They’re also igniting a cold war with skiers accustomed to having the mountain to themselves. We take a trip to try out the new style of the slopes.(image)

Underwater Archaeologist: This Is My Job

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 06:30:00 EST

Chris Southerly investigates the history that sits at the bottom of America's waters, including Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, which lies off the coast of North Carolina.(image)

How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm in January Games

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST

It's Playoff time in the NFL, and while some teams will fight it out under the comfort of a dome, others will compete exposed to winter's wrath. But fear not, groundskeepers use all kinds of heat tech to keep players from freezing to death.(image)

Extreme How-To: Visiting the South Pole

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 EST

One hundred years ago today, Roald Amundsen reached the south pole riding on a dogsled. But if you wanted to accomplish the same feat today, how would you do it? We called modern-day south pole explorers on their satellite phone to find out.(image)

Why the British Were Doomed to Lose the Race to the South Pole

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EST

One hundred years ago today, Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the bottom of the world. But for his competitor, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, the race ultimately proved deadly.(image)

Arnold Palmer Talks Golf Tech With PM—in 1964 and 2011

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 04:00:00 EST

At a Callaway event in New York, The King meets Popular Mechanics in a testy, overdue reunion.(image)

How Data Helped Get Me in Shape

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 06:30:00 EST

Tired of fad diets but still desiring to lose weight, PM tech contributor John Brandon turned to cold hard data, trying out the new wave of devices such as Nike+ and FitBit. Did it help him shed the pounds?(image)

New Nike Eyewear Helps NFL Players’ Vision—by Letting Them See Less

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 02:00:00 EST

Football players going against an NFL defense face a confusing barrage of bodies flying in front of them. But a new Nike training system could improve a player’s in-game vision.(image)

This is My Job: Fabricator

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:00:00 EST

Wood, metal, composite materials—it doesn’t matter to Thomas Hosford, professional parts fabricator.(image)

The Engineer Behind the Atlas Power Ascender: This Is My Job

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:00:00 EST

As a mechanical engineering student at MIT, Nate Ball helped to design the Atlas Power Ascender now used for mountain climbing, building scaling, and other uses.(image)

TV and Movie Armorer: This is My Job

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 03:00:00 EST

All those weapons in action movies and crime TV shows have to come from somewhere, and many of them come from Ryder Washburn, who runs his family's armory business.(image)

The Perfect Way to Get Rid of Invasive Species—Eat Them

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:30:00 EST

The lionfish, from the Indian Ocean and South Pacific, is invading Caribbean and Florida waters and muscling out other species. But PM Resident Contrarian Glenn Reynolds has found the secret that will be the lionfish's undoing. It's delicious.(image)

How to Find and Fix Up a Used Surfboard

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 03:00:00 EST

Across America, the endless summer continues, and there are few better ways to beat the heat than by catching a wave. Here's how to get started, and some DIY tips that will benefit surfers of any skill level.(image)

5 Summer Skills to Master Before Labor Day

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:00:00 EST

The sun is setting earlier and beach days are numbered, but there’s still time to master these critical PM-worthy skills before Labor Day weekend, from grilling the perfect burger to maximizing the splash from your cannonball into the pool.(image)

Inside the Lab That Studies NFL Brains

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 06:30:00 EST

As long-term brain injuries in NFL players and other athletes get more attention, so does the Boston-based lab that studies the brains athletes donate to try to figure out brain diseases that come from repeated blows to the head.(image)

The Best Waterproof Jackets: Abusive Lab Test

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:30:00 EST

Waterproof is good, but today's storm jackets also need to be light and breathable. We put three of the best—the Columbia Flyin' Dry, North Face Jammu and Adidas Outdoor Terrex—through our abusive tests to find the best.(image)