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How To Prepare For The Perfect Road Trip

 

 

” Hitting the road for Memorial Day? PopMech’s Editor-in-Chief gives you the checklist for a classic family vacation—with an assist from modern technology, of course.”

 

Keep Tech in Perspective

” These days it is common to see families barreling down the interstate with each kid wrapped in headphones and lost in a movie or video game. There’s no question that DVD players, game devices, and the like can make long drives easier, but all this distraction comes at a price. When will these kids learn to whine and squabble like my generation did? Seriously, though, think twice before using digital entertainment as a universal kid silencer. Turning on the DVD player every time children get slightly restless is a bit like pacifying them with big, sugary drinks; over time they will demand that any hint of boredom be immediately washed away with a flood of empty-calorie entertainment.”

 

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The World’s 10 Longest Auto Races

 

” Racing 500 miles around a smooth paved oval? Kid stuff. The world’s longest rally races have stretched for thousands of miles across continents, through deserts, and over mountains.”

 

 

 

” 1977: Singapore Airlines London to Sydney Rally

Total Distance: 17,500 miles

In 1968, the London Daily Express and Daily Telegraph newspapers sponsored a marathon rally of 7000 miles from London to Sydney. The insane race stirred up some heroic stories of resourcefulness for the papers, and it spawned a series of intercontinental rallies. One of these was a rally from London to Mexico called the World Cup Rally, which coincided with the soccer championship in Mexico City that year. Another was the 1974 London-Sahara-Munich rally. But the ultimate race in this series was the second running of London to Sydney, which covered 17,500 miles. Rally driver Andrew Cowan won the marathon race in a Mercedes 280E. Vintage re-creations of the 1977 rally have been held on several occasions since. “

Types of Skills Everyone Should Know – Video – Top 100 Important Skills Popular Mechanics

 

 

 

 

” 6. Find Potable Water

“Don’t exert yourself in the heat of the day,” Sanders says. “You may lose more water by sweating than you’ll gain by digging.” Ravines and valleys are carved by running water, so head for the bottom. In deserts, with only occasional flow, look for cottonwoods, willows and other light-green vegetation that grows in wet areas. When the sun or moon is low in the sky, scan the horizon for reflections that may reveal the location of small pools. (Don’t worry if the water looks scummy. Waterborne illnesses won’t kick in for at least three days; dehydration can kill in a single day.) Collect morning dew by wiping grass with a cloth, then wringing out the water. If you have plastic bags, wrapping them around the boughs of deciduous trees yields 1 or 2 ounces a day. “

The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

” Cinema exists to project our dreams. Science-fiction cinema exists to project our most creative dreams—time-travel, alternate worlds, expanded consciousness, and more. That’s why we’re science-fiction maniacs and why we gathered up our top 100 movies. And if your favorite isn’t on here, we want to hear about it. (Warning: Here be spoilers.) “

 

 

” 31. Mad Max (1979)

It’s a classic Western seen through the lens of post-apocalyptic Australia. The gonzo cinematography still gets your blood pumping, yet the film is just impressionistic enough to rev up your imagination’s engine. And it’s hard to overemphasize the effect of Mad Max‘s style on other genre films, rock videos, and advertising.

There’s been talk of a fourth installment for years. I, for one, would really like to see it happen.”

 

 

“High-end scientific tools can go into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. But thanks to 3D printing and a plethora of free,
modifiable online plans, both professionals and DIYers are building their own equipment for a fraction of the cost, opening up a new world for backyard Einsteins and university researchers alike.”

“Diseases related to hantavirus have now killed three people who visited Yosemite National Park this summer. What is this virus, and how did this happen?”

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Yosemite is synonymous with
stunning natural settings and a
chance to get away from it all. But in the past few weeks, Yosemite has attracted unwanted attention after a Hantavirus outbreak in the park.

  So far, eight Yosemite visitors are
confirmed to have contracted the virus,with three dead of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome—a variation of Hantavirus that’s not communicable between humans, but which can be transmitted to humans through contact with excrement, saliva, or urine from infected mice. The National Park Service, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are aggressively trying to contact people who recently visited Yosemite and could be at risk.”

“DIY Submarine: Backyard Genius Awards”

“This man built a submarine from scratch. No kidding. That’s why he’s a certified Backyard Genius, part of Popular Mechanics’s yearly tribute to the world’s greatest unsung engineers.”

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” Coming in October: SpaceX Dragon Gets Down to Work”

” NASA’s launch schedule at Cape Canaveral now includes a rough date for the next Space Exploration
Technologies (SpaceX) cargo-delivery trip to the International Space Station, giving an October date for the launch.

“Hopefully this is a really straightforward mission,” Elon Musk told PM during our recent trip to the headquarters of SpaceX
in Hawthorne, Calif. “

“See 2299 Exoplanets in One Video”

  “A couple huge data visualization projects are bringing the universe into your computer monitor.”

  “Finding it difficult to wrap your mind around the immensity of the universe? With thousands of known exoplanet candidates and billions and trillions of stars out there, things can get overwhelming. But a couple of new visualizations of space can help.”

Check out the videos … Very cool stuff .

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