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Drill Master

For cordless versatility, the Slammer Hammer from WORX is a powerhouse drill for all occasions.

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

Bionic augmentation...Humanity's next big leap?

Prosthetics can enhance human abilities, instead of - through medical necessity - merely matching them. From exoskeletons to artificial organs, and Elon Musk's Neuralink brain computing lab, a future is fast approaching where able-bodied humans will be prosthetically enhanced.

6 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

Volkswagen Polo GTI 2.0 TSI 147 kW

Opinions on cars we've driven

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Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

The $20 million bioengineering gambit to Save the Northern White Rhino

We have the science and technology to bring animals back from extinction. But should we use it?

10+ mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

Researchers say they’ve finally sequenced the entire human genome. Yes, all of it

GENETICS

4 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

The radioactive diamond battery that will run for 28 000 years

MACHINES

4 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

The Pentagon wants to launch a nuclear thermal rocket in 4 years

MILITARY TECH

4 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

Maths could've saved Texas's power grid in 2021

DEEP MATHEMATICS

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

How to safely enter a black hole

Supermassive black holes are ideal for visiting, but 1 in 1 000, as illustrated, have dangerous accretion discs and blast jets of particles at near light speed.

4 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

The age of mammals

The Rise and Reign of the Mammals is a book that tells us not only about the past, but about our future as a species too.

2 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
September/October 2022

Elizabeth Ann is the first clone of a US endangered species. She was 33 years in the making

For the first time, scientists have created a clone of an endangered US species - a black-footed ferret named Elizabeth Ann. The researchers used cells from a donor that had been dead for more than 30 years, and the procedure's success could mean not only rescue for one of North America's most endangered mammals, but a watershed moment in conservation biology.

4 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

How 'bout them apples?

South Africa is known for its delicious fruit, but have you ever thought about what goes into getting those crisp, sweet apples from the orchards to our supermarkets? PM toured the Ceres Fruit Growers facility in Ceres to get the low-down.

7 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

Long-Tongued Flies: Bold Pollinators of Namaqualand

The recent discovery of a new fly species deepens our understanding of what it’ll take to conserve a bevy of endemic long tubed flower species in Namaqualand. But still, there are far more questions than answers.

4 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

Can America's Fastest Super-Computer Defeat Covid for Good?

Marti Head, PhD, had a bad feeling. It was mid-February of 2020. She'd just returned to her home in Tennessee from a work trip. Somewhere, probably in an airport, she'd picked up what she thought was just a cold.

10+ mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

Humans can develop a sixth sense, study proves

AS ANIMALS GO, HUMANS HAVE RELAtively limited senses. We can't smell as well as dogs, see as many colours as mantis shrimp, or find our way home using the Earth's magnetic poles as sea turtles do. But there's one animal sense we can learn: bat-like echolocation.

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

The hidden binary of knitting could create the toughest gear you've ever worn

THE UNRULY STITCH OF A DRAGON FIRST attracted Sabetta Matsumoto to the mathematics of knitting. Unlike the regimented stitches of a sweater that march two-by-two across a textile, the whiskers of this dragon stretched daringly across a lace shawl in a way Matsumoto had never seen before and she was determined to understand the maths behind it.

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

Craft brewers have broken the IPA

INDIA PALE ALES DOMINATE TODAY'S CRAFT beer landscape, with 10 or so styles laying claim to the name. Now there's one more: the 'clear hazy' IPA. San Diego's Ballast Point Brewing Co pioneered the category, which upset plenty of beer nerds and confused others, with the February 2021 release of Big Gus.

4 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid

GLOBALLY, IT'S ONE of the most widely known car model names. Hear the word "Toyota' in South Africa, and you'll probably think 'Corolla'or ... Hilux, of course, or both.

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Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

The US Army's new goggles let soldiers see right through walls

THE US ARMY IS DEVELOPING INTEGRATED Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) goggles for close-combat forces, including mounted and dismounted troops, particularly infantry. The goggles can help soldiers see in the dark, check around corners, and even project digital maps and other data on to the lenses.

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

Jaguar I-Pace AWD (Electric)

WE’RE AT A significant point in the evolution of the automobile. We’re in the middle of the transition phase, moving from the dominion of the internal combustion engine over to battery – or electric – power. In many ways, it’s uncomfortable; those of us who’ve only really ever known internal combustion engines are having to come to terms with new technology. And this technology is changing quickly, ever-advancing and improving. In ten years’ time, electric cars will be very different to the ones we’re driving now. Motoring is changing.

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
July/August 2022

Winds of Change

Local start-up Brayfoil Technologies is fast becoming an established name in the sustainable energy sector, with their pioneering work creating shape-altering biomimetic blades for wind turbines.

6 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

Uh-oh... New research on extinctions shows life doesn't always find a way

The Late Cretaceous's grand finale: an asteroid, a 1 500 m tsunami, and global wildfires.

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

Which Rust-removing Product Works Best?

If you enjoy restoring old cars, tools or antiques, there's a good chance you've used a rust-removing product at some point, and you might be wondering which formula works best... Let's take a look at the chemistry, before we talk about product options and their performance differences.

5 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

Outclass Its Competition

How America's new fighter will

9 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

Some of the Trendiest Craft Beers Are Exploding. Huh?!

When brewers add fruit purees or extracts just before canning, they're feeding active yeast a ticking time bomb.

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

Getting a Grip on Grinders

A grinder can be an intimidating power tool. To be more confident and safer while using one, here are some of the most common angle-grinder mistakes, and how best to prevent them.

5 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

After You Die, You Could Be Resurrected as a Chatbot. That's a Problem

No one knows where we go when we die. Or for that matter, what happens to our most intimate thoughts, dreams, and desires when the nerve cells in our brains fire for the very last time. But it looks as though Microsoft may have some ideas.

3 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

A Grill-top Pizza Oven

What are you building?

4 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

A Cabinet for My Fishing Tackle

What are you building?

5 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

A 1934 Ford Coupé

I stripped it to the frame, then built my dream car.

6 mins read
Popular Mechanics South Africa
May/June 2022

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