Katherine Luyando

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Extreme Rainfall Is The New Normal, And We're Not Ready For It

Heavy rains are flooding cities and towns from Nebraska to Michigan to Maine. Is the problem failing infrastructure, global warming...or both?<p>Six weeks worth of rain fell on greater Detroit on Monday, much of it during afternoon rush hour. Local drainage systems quickly topped out, and the deluge …

Turning Old Lead Batteries Into New Solar Energy

MIT team's work could curb toxic waste while contributing to clean power<p>Used car batteries can leech chemicals and create lead pollution when they're incorrectly trashed. A team at MIT believes that this lead can be cut out of the waste stream entirely -- and put to good use creating emissions-free …

Adaptive, Programmable Headlights Cut Through Rain, Illuminate Without Blinding Other Drivers

Each light consists of one million tiny independent beams<p>This is perhaps the only optical illusion you would want to see while you're driving. A team of university engineers has created a vehicle headlight that adjusts itself so that drivers can keep their high beams on even when other cars are …

Google vs The DMV: How To Test A Self-Driving Car

See copies of the results of the Google car's driving test at a Nevada DMV<p>In May 2012, Google's self-driving car underwent a classic American teenage ritual. It took a driving test at a DMV. The car passed, but apparently not without a little lobbying from its parent.<p>As state officials have …

The Bike That Never Needs Repairs

Engineered to be maintenance-free<p>Every mechanic knows that moving parts break down over time, and David Weiner, founder of Priority Bicycles, knows it better than most. Weiner spent six years as a bike mechanic in his hometown of Walnut Creek, California, and much of his job was spent fixing the …

How To Survive A Hurricane With Household Items

Supermarket sold out of batteries and bottled water? No problem.<p>It’s been a decade since the historic 2004 hurricane season, one of the Atlantic basin’s most active years ever. Four major storms wreaked havoc along the East Coast, causing more than $51 billion in damage. Since then, other …

Self-Driving Cars: A Marketer's Dream?

The automated car of the future could become a haven for an advertising nightmare.<p>Picture this: You're on a cross-country road trip with your kids, passing through some dusty corner of Nevada in your self-driving 2030 Chevrolet Lumina. Your car then sends an invisible message across the desert:</i> …

Turn A Shoe Box Into A Phone Projector [Video]

Buy some new crocs, gain a mini movie theater.<p>Don’t watch that YouTube clip on a tiny screen—project it onto the wall instead! The picture may not be movie-theater quality, but it improves if the phone is very bright and the room is very dark.<p>Time: 20 minutes<p>Cost: $2<p>Difficulty: Easy<p>Materials<p>• Shoe …

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

Tesla CEO Wants Mostly Self-Driving Cars By Next Year

Technology might not be there just yet.<p>Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors promises the car of the future today. In September, the billionaire promised something new for his electric vehicles: autopilot, mostly. Well, “90 percent of your miles can be on auto.” Left unsaid is how exactly that’s going to happen.<p>…

At Last: Technology To Make Injections Painless

Vibrations and pressure could be key to making a shot that doesn't hurt.<p>Scared of needles? You aren’t alone. According to some estimates, as many as 1 in every 10 people are frightened of needles, and experts fear that the fear of pain may deter people from getting important injections at the …

New Fabric Softener Tech Promises Clothes That Never Stain

Sofft wants to kickstart a new age of clothes washing.<p>Detergent, prepare to be disrupted.<p>The makers of a new fabric softener, Sofft, say they want our clothes to join us in the fight against stink and stains. While mixing with your clothes in the washing machine, Sofft coats organic and plastic …

Audi Claims Self-Driving Car Set Speed Record At 149 MPH

Because the robot chauffeurs of the future may not need to obey speed limits<p>A major selling point of self-driving cars is what they remove from the road: human error, driver exhaustion, distracted driving because someone has to keep reminding the urchins in the backseat that "No, we’re not there …

Autonomous Cars May Change Our Lives In Unexpected Ways

A detailed report lists dozens of great and terrible possibilities.<p>One of the test vehicles for Google's Self-Driving Car project.<p>In the future, we may not be dealing with the hassles and frustrations that come with driving cars everyday. Autonomous automobiles can make our lives better! But are …

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New Microscope Makes Gorgeous 3-D Movies Of Living Cells

Biology is beautiful.<p>There's a new microscope in town and the images it produces are stunning. An international team of engineers and biologists is announcing it's made a microscope that's able to see phenomena such as single proteins diffusing through thickly-packed cells, and the movement of the …

DIY: How To Light Up Your Bike Wheels [Video]

Crafty, safe fun<p>As the winter months approach, darkness is falling earlier and earlier. Do not bike gently into that good night! By spending a few hours tinkering with LEDs, you can outfit your dull wheels with hypnotically glowing rings.<p>Some kits on the market use customizable circuit boards to …

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Future Airplanes Might Replace Windows With OLED Screens

Say goodbye to your window seat<p>There may be no such thing as a window seat on the airliners of the future. A concept released by the U.K.’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) envisions airliners with thinner walls, made by doing away with cabin windows altogether. In their place, CPI sees OLED …

Create A Smoking Pumpkin With An E-Cigarette

How to hack your jack-o'-lantern<p>Want to put your neighbors to shame this Halloween? Pimp your pumpkin with a miniature smoke machine. A modified e-cigarette can create a surprising amount of fog, giving your carving an extra eerie touch.<p>Start with a type of e-cig called a clearomizer, available …

NYC's Payphones Will Become Gigabit Wi-Fi Access Points

It's a change that everybody but Superman will love.<p>Even if you've spotted a payphone in the wild recently, it's probably been a while since you've actually reached out and touched one. But that may soon change: New York City is planning on replacing the old public phones with 21st century …

3 Point-And-Shoot Cameras That Deliver Pro Quality Photos

The brains of a DSLR, in the sleek body of a mirrorless camera<p>You’ve mastered the art of Instagram, and you’re ready to swap your smartphone camera for something more serious. Five years ago, that meant choosing between the quality of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera or the low cost of a …

Super Teeny 3-D Printed Livers Go On Sale

Soon, they'll help pharmaceutical companies test new drugs.<p>You can now buy your own, tiny, 3-D printed livers. Haven't you always wanted one?<p>Last year, <i>Popular Science</i> visited the 3-D bio-printing company Organovo to see the livers, then in development. Now, the livers—each "roughly" hexagonal in …

BMW's i8 Is Where Every Supercar Manufacturer Needs to Go

Hybrid electric coupes are fashioned for efficiency—with fangs<p>It wasn't that long ago that every major sports car manufacturer scoffed at the idea of inserting hybrid-electric powertrains into their track-tuned road-rockets. They reasoned electric motors simply don't light anybody's fire. Even if …

DIY Electrified Outfits Light Up The Ballet

Hello, high-tech tutus<p>As a dancer, Lynn Parkerson performed in traditional productions of <i>The Nutcracker</i>. Now the founding artistic director of Brooklyn Ballet is adding technology to the classic holiday show, with help from Brooklyn-based hacker collective NYC Resistor. Network engineer Nick …

How To Make Extra-Efficient Solar Panels Using Old Blu-Ray Discs

Blu-ray discs' pretty color actually makes them great at capturing light.<p>You probably don't think of them that way, but Blu-ray discs have a gorgeous color. In fact, the same physics that gives butterfly wings and housefly eyes their iridescent shine are also at work on Blu-ray. All are examples of …

Decipher Your Car's 'Check Engine' Light Via Bluetooth

A little wireless car whisperer<p>Despite my fondness for (and previous career in) computer troubleshooting, I find myself at sea when it comes to dealing with my car. But fortunately pretty much every car <i>has</i> a computer in it these days, and that onboard system can provide a first step to diagnosing a …

While World Fixates On 'Autopilot,' GM Bets On A Revolution Within Reach

Detroit has a plan to change how we drive--and it hits the road in 2016<p>Robotic cars marketed to anyone but the wealthiest consumers are a distant dream at best, but that hasn’t stopped auto manufacturers from touting their whiz-bang appeal.<p>In September the pitch came from Mary Barra, CEO of General …

Your Car Could Stop You From Driving If Your Voice Sounds Drunk

I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that<p>As any fan of Drunk History knows, people don’t exactly talk the same when they’re drunk. Now, some scientists are attempting to gather enough information to accurately predict a person’s drunkenness based on a simple conversation.<p>Scientists in Germany …

Porsche 918 Spyder

The most advanced hybrid supercar<p>For supercars, bigger usually means better. Bigger engine, bigger horses, bigger torque. The 918 Spyder goes in a different direction. With a V8 engine paired with two electric motors and a specially designed rapid-discharge battery, the 918 squeezes out a lot of …

Conquer Cold With DIY Hand Warmers

Keeping warm with chemistry<p>Cold weather makes for cold hands—unless, of course, you have a hand warmer. Don’t waste money on those cheap disposable ones. Instead, use kitchen chemistry to make your own reusable versions.<p>When vinegar and baking soda react, they form a compound called sodium acetate. …

Trains Could Use Lasers To Blast Leaves Off Track

Why rake ‘em when you can burn ‘em<p>Autumn: It’s a time for cool, breezy weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and the buildup of colorful tree leaves on the ground. While many enjoy the picturesque leafy exodus, there are some who don’t always look forward to the yearly ritual – notably railway …