Andrew Pottinger

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A Billboard That Condenses Water From Humidity

Peru's University of Engineering and Technology has designed a billboard that creates clean drinking water from atmospheric humidity.<p><b>At the edge of the Atacama Desert</b>, one of the driest places on earth, Lima, Peru, receives almost no rainfall. About 700,000 people have no access to clean water for …

What Caused the Deadly 747 Crash in Afghanistan?

A viral video this week showed a 747-400 cargo plane crashing just after takeoff from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.<p><b>The video showing a U.S. civilian cargo jet</b> slamming into the ground in Afghanistan and exploding into a fireball is chilling and perhaps telling, but it's only one piece of evidence …

Afghanistan

PopMech Tested: Which Midsize Sedan Is the Best?

America loves its high-riding SUVs and crossovers, but the midsize sedan is still our country's bulk auto. Here, the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Mazda6 face off in a contest of performance, style, comfort, and<p>America loves its high-riding SUVs and …

Fuel Efficiency

Unconventional Energy: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

A panel of experts discusses the facts on fracking and other new forms of energy recovery.<p><b>As the world's easy-access oil supplies dry up</b>, North America is increasingly turning to unconventional sources—such as drilling in the deep sea, mining oil sands, and using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to …

Oil & Gas Industry

Mars One: Nearly 80,000 Have Applied to Leave Earth Behind

The reality TV project has seen a flood of applicants for its proposed one-way trip to Mars.<p><i>Welcome home. Credit: NASA</i><p>There's a deflating sort of pain that comes from paying cash not for the thing you want, but just a chance at the thing you want. Think of application fees for trying to get an …

Space Science

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 …

How Gators Will Teach Us to Regrow Teeth

The stem cells that allow alligators to regenerate their teeth may one day help humans to replace broken and lost teeth.<p><b>A typical American alligator goes through 4000 teeth</b> in its lifetime, replacing each of its 80 teeth 50 times. New research, published today in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy</i> …

Know Your Garden's Insect Friends and Foes

Not every creepy-crawly is a pest to be squashed. Here's a list to help you sort the helpful insects in your garden from the not-so-helpful.<p>Not every creepy-crawly is a pest to be squashed. Here's a list to help you sort the helpful insects in your garden from the not-so-helpful.

Gardening