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JAPAN’S ELECTRIC COMPETITOR • Can the Nissan Leaf’s 150 miles of range for $30,000 compete with the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3?
THE CAR IS YOUR PERSONAL POWER PLANT
CHARGER WARS • Any electric car can use a Level 2 charger (240-volt), the kind you find at hotels, public parking lots, and maybe your own garage. But when you need a DC fast charge (480-volt), not everyone agrees on a standard plug. Here’s who can use what.
WHY I USE A GLASS STRAW
SCIENTISTS CONVERT MENTAL IMAGES TO ACTUAL IMAGES
HOW TO TRACK WEED • A new technology allows law enforcement to track legal marijuana using DNA.
HOW IT WORKS: POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTIONS
The Most Compact and Capable Drone • DJI’s new Mavic Air is tiny and simple—and powerful enough for a professional.
Tech Battle Royale • The world of consumer technology is full of choices, some of them expensive. Here’s some help with the decision-making.
The New American Whiskey • Craft distillers in the U.S. are borrowing a Scottish tradition and making it their own. Try the mesquite.
26 USES FOR A HEAT GUN
26 USES FOR A HEAT GUN
GENERATE POWER FROM TEMPERATURE SWINGS
ASK ROY • POPULAR MECHANICS’ SENIOR HOME EDITOR SOLVES YOUR MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS.
UPDATE: MYSTERIOUS NOISES
GETTING STARTED IN… SAILING • One of the world’s oldest sports is more approachable than you might think.
Questions from the First-Time Sailor
THE BACK PAIN REPAIR MANUAL
1992 Mazda RX-7
HISTORY, UPDATED • The Honda Gold Wing arrived four decades ago. It keeps getting better.
THE BARN DOCTOR • SETH KELLEY IS ON A ONE-MAN MISSION TO SAVE VERMONT’S TIMBER-FRAME BARNS.
THE SHOPPABLE LIFE
THE LAST SHIFT • CARRIER MADE AIR CONDITIONERS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT AT A PLANT IN INDIANAPOLIS FOR 60 YEARS. WHEN THEY ANNOUNCED IT WAS MOVING TO MEXICO, THE PRESIDENT STEPPED IN. A YEAR LATER, THIS IS WHAT REMAINS.
THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING
The Companies We Surveyed
16 American-Made Products to Improve Your Summer • SAVOR LONG DAYS AND WARM NIGHTS WITH OUR FAVORITE HOMEGROWN GEAR.
Dispatches From the High-Tech Gold Rush • Deep in the Yukon, the world’s most successful prospector is using advanced technology to find ever tinier flecks of gold that could be worth billions.
PROJECT: Treehouse • First, find your tree. Then make your plan. Then be ready to adapt that plan.
MAKE YOUR OWN CORNHOLE SET • You can build the classic bean-bag-toss game in an hour for less than $30.
SHOP NOTES • EASY WAYS TO DO HARD THINGS
BUDGET-FRIENDLY MITER SAWS • You don’t have to pay pro prices for accurate, clean cuts.
A Field Guide to Summer Creatures • What you should know about the different animals that may show up in your backyard when the temperature rises.
The Big and Little Dipper
GREAT UNKNOWNS • BIG...