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How to Make Mead and Drink Like a Viking

Home-brewers have embraced mead, or honey wine, the drink of choice for many ancient cultures. If you want to whip up a batch of your own, follow these steps.<p><b>Mead may be the ancestor of all today's booze</b>. People gathered, ate, and probably fermented honey long before the agricultural developments …

Breakthrough Bioengineered Blood Vessels Enter Clinical Trials

Humacyte, winner of a 2011 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, is now testing its lab-grown blood vessels in a small group of human patients.<p>It's been a busy year-and-a-half for bioengineer Laura Niklason and her partners at the biotech firm Humacyte. Since winning a 2011 Popular Mechanics …

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2013 Zero FX: The Hooligan-Approved Electric Motorcycle

Range, range, range-- that's all EV buyers think about. And if you've ever been stranded because a vehicle ran out of juice, be it electric, fossil, or otherwise, you probably understand the engineering obsession with low rolling resistance tires, optimized aerodynamics, and ultimate battery …

Everything You Need to Know About the Cicada Swarm

Brood II cicadas are coming to the East Coast (and in many places, they're already out in force).<p><b>Having spent most of their 17-year-old lives</b> underground, billions of Brood II <i>Magicicada</i> cicadas are emerging throughout the mid-Atlantic states for a few weeks of noise-making, mating, and egg-laying. …


Is the Future of Design Open-Sourced?

Arizona-based Local Motors made waves when they unveiled their Rally Figher, a jaunty offroader which was crowdsourced using a design contest that attracted more than 10,000 entries. Following in those four-wheeled footsteps was a motorcycle-inspired competition, which drew from a field of 200 …


Why You Should, and Shouldn't, Worry About the 3D-Printed Gun

The Liberator, a gun created via 3D printing, fired its first shots this week and sparked a controversy about how to deal with the idea of anyone being able to print a lethal weapon at home.<p><b>The emerging technology of 3D printing</b> had a shot fired across its bow this week. On Sunday, May 5, after …

3D Printing

Mastering the Art of the Motorcycle Slide

PopMech heads to the dirt track to learn the quickest way to get a bike around a sharp corner.<p>American Supercamp is the brainchild of ex-GP racer Danny Walker and seven-time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr. It's a two-day course in which riders learn the basics of riding flat track—first in …


Best vs. Budget: Backyard Grilling Gear

BBQ season is upon us. It's time to get the right tools for this sacred job.<p>BBQ season is upon us. It's time to get the right tools for this sacred job.