A French Inventor Once Proposed a Giant Mirror to Burn a Message on Mars

When we want to leave our mark on Mars today, we simply send over a few Rovers to roll around in its red soil. But 150 years ago, scientists had very different plans for contacting the planet, including one French inventor who wanted to use the refracted light of the sun to sear a welcoming message into the Martian… »10/16/14 2:35pm10/16/14 2:35pm


MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things)

Mars One may have taken us by surprise when the non-profit organization boldly announced that it would put colonists on Mars in the 2020s. We were even more amazed when legions of amateur astronauts signed up for a one-way ticket to the red rock. However, MIT students believe the effort, in its current form, is doomed… »10/12/14 1:00pm10/12/14 1:00pm

The Solar-Powered Fridge of 1937 Made Sunbeams Into Ice Cubes In 2 Hours

We often think of solar-powered devices as pretty new. But we've been harnessing the sun since long before the first practical solar cell was introduced back in 1954. For instance, in these solar-powered contraptions from a 1937 Popular Science film — including the amazing fridge that turned sunbeams into ice cubes in… »5/09/14 6:42pm5/09/14 6:42pm

James Bond's Weird World of Inventions Chronicles 007 in 1966

The James Bond series has always had gushing reviews of their gadgety goodness, even before Jesus' take on Quantum of Solace »11/20/08 5:00am11/20/08 5:00am. This January 1966 article, look backs to the time when Sean Connery was filling 007's shoes. Remember the Disco Volante, the110-foot hydrofoil floating fortress? How about the Bell jet-pack…

PopSci Shows You How To Make Glass On A Grill, Begs You Not To Do It

Click to view »11/13/08 12:45am11/13/08 12:45am Did you know you could make glass on a regular charcoal grill? Sure it's incredibly flamey and pretty dangerous, but according to the folks at Pop Sci, it's possible! All you need to do is add washing soda, lime or borax to white-silica beach sand and a grill overclocked to reach temperatures of 2000°F.…

Popular Science Names 100 "Best of What's New" Technologies

Just last week, Time announced what they considered the 50 most important »11/08/08 3:30pm11/08/08 3:30pm technological breakthroughs of 2008. Not to be outdone, today Popular Science has named their 100 "." Unlike Time, PopSci has categorized their awards into achievements in Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets (of…

PopSci Culinary Gadgets Put the "Chen" Back In "Kitchen"

We never knew that the gear in pro kitchens had enough tech to be so—dare I say?—pantsworthy. Take for instance the Heidolph VV Micro Evaporator, that $3,000 kitchen distiller above. Recognizable food goes in one end, and a powerfully flavored goo comes out the other. (How very... soylent?) Below in the gallery, there… »10/10/07 2:40pm10/10/07 2:40pm