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1 My Pop Life • EXPERT HACKS, GEAR RECS & LIFE-TESTED WISDOM FROM OUR STAFF
2 Can’t Stop Thinking About • STRANGELY COMPELLING AND COMPELLINGLY STRANGE TOPICS OUR STAFF IS OBSESSING OVER
ELON MUSK WANTS TO UPGRADE YOUR BRAIN
Teaching Quantum Materials How to Remember
WHAT WE’RE LEARNING FROM SEA SLUGS’ GIANT NEURONS
How to Recover a Stuck Vehicle by Yourself
SELF-RECOVERY AND SURVIVAL ESSENTIALS
How to Build a Particle Collider on the Moon—And Why We Should
WHAT IS A DYSON SPHERE?
There’s Now a Way to Make Soldiers Invisible
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SOLDIER CAMOUFLAGE
Did Ancient Supernovae Change the Course of Life on Earth?
I Spy: Iron-60
How to Use Math to Beat Everyone at Pool
Is It Possible to Build a Can’t-Miss Pool Table?
The Science Behind the Reality-Bending Mandela Effect
Planting False Memories on Purpose
THE FATAL ENGINEERING FLAW BEHIND THE DEADLIEST ACCIDENTAL BUILDING COLLAPSE IN U.S. HISTORY
HOW ONE FAILURE CHANGED CONSTRUCTION FOREVER
THE HOLY GRAIL OF BATTERIES IS HERE • Solid-state lithium batteries can last 25 years and charge an electric vehicle in minutes.
HOW I RESTORED A LEGENDARY WOODEN WWII FIGHTER PLANE • Britain delivered more than 6,700 de Havilland DH.98 Mosquitos during WWII, but when Denholm’s team began their build, none of the planes were airworthy.
WHEN MOSQUITOS CRASHED THE NAZIS’ PARTY
Do Everything Better. • “DO EVERYTHING BETTER” IS FAIRLY BROAD. BUT THINK OF IT IN THE CONTEXT OF GEAR: The best product is the one that facilitates, helping you accomplish whatever you’re after more easily, efficiently, and to the best of your abilities. Whether you’re building a deck, fixing a meal as part of your new cooking passion, or running a meeting remotely, the stuff here, which we’ve vetted and tested, will aid you in getting it done.
Clearing the Surface to Find the Best Wiper Blade
HOW IT SHOOK OUT
WHY BEAM WIPERS ARE BETTER • Beam-style wipers have been around for several decades, cementing themselves as the superior option over their traditional framestyle relatives. Clever design and engineering has allowed a steady increase in performance.
THE BEST OF THE TEST
Making the Most Out of Your Grinder
GENERAL GRINDING SAFETY
DEALING WITH DUST • Grinding is messy—grit flies everywhere. While it may be tempting to use a traditional shop dust-collection system, don’t. Particles of metal coming off grinding wheels are hot and could ignite fine, dry sawdust in a dust collector, causing a fire. There are dust-collection systems specific for grinding, but they’re usually geared toward commercial use, quite expensive, and not practical in a home. Try these strategies to deal with the grit flying around in your shop.
13 How to Be Good at What You Do • // TED EYNON, 58, OWNER OF MEIER SKIS, DENVER //
HOW IT’S DONE