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The More-Affordable Photovoltaic Solar Cell

The Brilliant Idea: A solar cell that requires only a fraction of the silicon used in standard PV.<p><b>Innovators: Harry Atwater, Michael Kelzenberg, Nathan Lewis, California Institute of Technology</b><p>Chemist Harry Atwater's gift for manipulating light has led to some eye-opening innovations, including an …

Clean Energy

The Lighter, Better, More Efficient Two-Stroke Engine

The idea of a two-stroke internal combustion engine for cars has been around for years—but until now, no one's been able to overcome its engineering obstacles. Peter Hofbauer of Ecomotors earns a 2011 PM Breakthrough Award for a design that's actually better and more fuel-efficient than the …


Interview: Paul Elio and His Ultralight Three-Wheel Cars

Paul Elio is the driving force behind what might become the most sensational automotive innovation in fuel efficiency and design: the Elio. (That's pronounced ee-lee-oh.) It's a three-wheeled vehicle built on a reverse tricycle platform but enclosed like a standard four-wheeled auto. It may sound …

Electric Vehicles

Found: A Supermassive Black Hole That Dominates Its Galaxy

Our galaxy has a supermassive black hole at its center, but that black hole contains just a tenth of a percent of the Milky Way's stellar mass. Astronomers just spotted a galaxy 200 million light-years away where the central black hole makes up an astonishing 59 percent of that mass.<p><b>Supermassive</b> …


One World Trade Center... and 9 More Feats of Mega-Engineering

The economy may be struggling, but there is still plenty of work to be done: Aging bridges need to be replaced, ships need rebuilding, and one famously wounded skyline needs to stand tall again. These 10 monumental undertakings show that America still kno


Interview: Fighting Cancer With Smart Bombs

Duke oncologist Kimberly Blackwell specializes in treating an aggressive form of breast cancer that makes up 20 to 25 percent of cases, in which a genetic mutation in the tumor causes it to produce a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2). These tumors grow more quickly and …


How We'll Spot the Most Dangerous Asteroids

Zeljko Ivezic has been an astronomer since the third grade. Since becoming an astronomy professor, he's worked on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to map a quarter of the night sky and catalog more than 500 million objects. Today, Ivezic is the project scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey …


Going Wireless and Restoring Memories: The Incredible Future of Brain Implants

Neuroprostheses are already bridging the divide between man and machine to treat diseases and allow paralyzed people to move prosthetic limbs. And the next generation of brain-machine interfaces will be even more incredible.<p><b>In some ways, the human brain isn't much</b> different from a computer. Both …


XNA: Synthetic DNA That Can Evolve

By swapping sugars in the DNA helix, scientists have created a new kind of genetic code that can function and evolve like regular DNA.<p><b>Every living thing on Earth</b> uses DNA or RNA to carry its genetic instructions for life. These two nucleic acids have different names because they're built from …


X-47B Completes a Carrier Takeoff

The Navy's prototype unmanned fighter succeeds in launching from the deck of the USS George H. W. Bush and flying in the complicated airspace around a carrier.<p><b>These robots grow up so fast</b>. It was just two years ago that personnel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. escorted PopMech through the …


Declassified: America's Secret Flying Saucer

In the 1950s, a small team of engineers set to work on a secret program called Project 1794—a supersonic craft designed to shoot down Soviet bombers. Now a trove of declassified documents reveals the audacious mission to build a flying saucer.<p>In September 2012, Michael Rhodes, a technician at the …

U.S. Air Force

Invention Awards 2014: A Cryogenic Engine Powered By Heat

Chilling the need for diesel-powered refrigeration<p>Right now, as many as 250,000 semi-trucks are hauling refrigerated trailers full of frozen foods, fresh vegetables, and other perishable goods along U.S. roads. Yet such vehicles burn about 25 percent more fuel than unrefrigerated trucks.<p>At fault is …


Letter From The Editor<p>In Defense Of Sleep<p>Features<p>Science Of Sleep<p><b>Science holds the secret to a good night's sleep. Our guide to catching your z's—and why it matters. **By</b> **Brooke Borel<p><b>3 Infographics About Sleep</b><br>• Questions You Should Ask About Your Sleeping Habits<br>• Should You Stay Up Late?<br>• When Sleep …

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway

Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the “Mile Low Club” (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in …


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Want a Tight Butt That Defies Gravity?

Each day at sunrise, 32-year-old LisaVan Sciver, a full-time ski patroller at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, is on the slopes—some of the most challenging in North America, by the way, with one of the highest vertical drops—to make sure the conditions are stable enough to open the …

The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

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Science Fiction

3 Fat-Blasting Cardio Combos You Must Try

Do these drills once, and they’ll forever change the way you think about cardio<p>Looks like Punxsutawney Phil was right: Temperatures have plummeted outside, and we’re facing another six weeks of winter. But you don’t have to brave the icy weather or grind away on a treadmill to get in your cardio …

Harvest Moon Radio

A collection of warm acoustic songs, handpicked for enjoying the crisp autumn air, fall foliage, and hot apple cider.

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‘We are going to make Quebec a country, our country’: Premier Pauline Marois promises white paper ‘on future of Quebec’

TROIS-RIVIÈRES — In a campaign-style speech Wednesday night, Premier Pauline Marois spoke of winning a majority and rekindling the Parti Québécois …

Reading this can damage your health

Home <b>›</b> Health <b>›</b> Cancer <b>›</b> <b>Reading this can damage your health</b><p><i>on</i> January 3, 2014 • ( 7 )<p>Remember, folks, if (a) it’s new, (b) it’s popular, and (c) it’s …

Autism And Google Glass: Teen's Software Could Help Users Recognize Emotional Cues

Penicillin, X-rays, Viagra: Some of man's greatest discoveries were made by accident.<p>And though one California teen's software was meant for educational purposes and video games, it's the accidental use –- a therapy for autism –- that's drawing the most attention.<p>With his startup Sension, …

Photographer Takes on Multiple Roles in Creative Self-Portrait

Los Angeles-based photographer and multifaceted artist Christine McConnell takes some really interesting images that place herself in multiple roles. Besides being behind the camera, McConnell also serves as the model, stylist, costume and set designer throughout much of her photography. Her keen …


Glowing Maldives Shoreline Captivates Photographer

If not for the accessibility of information on the internet, such phenomenon like the one captured by Taiwanese photographer Will Ho will cause you …