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1 My Pop Life • // EXPERT HACKS, GEAR RECS & LIFE-TESTED WISDOM FROM OUR STAFF //
The Pop Mech Riddle That Defeated Me
Cracking the Chip: How Hacking the NES Made It Even Better
FIVE NEW NES TITLES FILLED WITH 8-BIT GAMING GREATNESS
The World’s Best New Brewers Just Happen to Be Robots
A Closer Look at Robot-Generated Beverages
Facebook Neural Nets Solve Differential Equations
Building da Vinci’s Forgotten Bridge
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
Da Vinci’s Tools of War
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
The Challenge: Build Something Awesome With 2x4s. • Here’s what our readers (and one Pop Mech editor) came up with.
At the Bionic Olympics, Athletes and Engineers Make Miracles • THE FUTURISTIC TECH AND HUMAN INGENUITY THAT’S REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PARALYZED
6 PAINLESS BATHROOM RENOVATIONS NO CONTRACTOR REQUIRED • Yes, it’s possible. Here’s your plan.
SHOULD YOU ATTEMPT A GUT RENOVATION YOURSELF?
REGROUT AND RECAULK
Six Products That Will Save Your Butt in a Bathroom Project
INSTALL A NEW MIRROR
REPLACE DATED WOOD TRIM
CHUCK THE UGLY LIGHTING
UPGRADE THE FAUCET
LAY FRESH FLOORING
THE TOWN WHERE WIFI IS ILLEGAL (and Yes, People Actually Live There) • The town of Green Bank, West Virginia, is home to a superpowerful telescope that needs electromagnetic silence to do its important research. But is that even possible anymore?
THE GREEN BANK TELESCOPE BY THE NUMBERS
THE BEST TECH, APPLIANCES, AND GADGETS FOR A SMARTER, SAFER HOME
This MakerBot Made 3D Printing Hot
The Best Impact Drivers
QUALITY BITS • Now that you hopefully have your ideal driver picked out, time to get impact-rated attachments for it.
11 Editors’ Choice • // AWARD-WINNING TOOLS AND GEAR RIGOROUSLY VETTED BY OUR TEST TEAM //
12 How to Be Good at What You Do • // KAMMY STUCKER, 49, DIRECTOR OF PLANT OPERATIONS AT HAMMOND’S CANDIES, DENVER //