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HOW YOUR WORLD WORKS • LARGE PHOTO OF THE MONTH
The All-Conquering Mountain Machine • Mountain sleds are built to handle deep powder and steep slopes. The Polaris 850 PRO-RMK 174 is one of the latest, combining low weight with big power. Here are some highlights.
What I’m Looking Forward To • The cool stuff, both rumored and announced, that the tech industry saved for after the holidays.
When Your Gadgets Deceive You • Your devices are behaving like something they’re not. That’s a very good thing.
How to Use Computer Fakery Now
The Winter Fix-It Crew • Snow, ice, and plow trucks tear roads and street signs to shreds. Meet one of the men who make things right again.
What the Heck Is a Motion Sculpture?
The First American to Pay Taxes with Bitcoin
Plane Achieves Flight with No Moving Parts • An aircraft rides on wind it makes itself from electrical potential, pointing the way to a new form of aviation.
GREAT (AND STRANGE) MOMENTS IN IONIC WIND • Renowned scientists and borderline crackpots have been puzzling over ionic wind for centuries. Here, a selection of key happenings.
Do people in witness protection ever get sent somewhere cool? Or is it always, like, Nebraska?
Torch Your Lunch • Fire is better than the office microwave.
117 YEARS OF GREAT ADVICE • We gave it then, and we’d still follow it now. Some of our all-time best tips.
Budget Drills • If you’re picky, you can find a great deal.
SHOP NOTES • Easy ways to do hard things
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter • Back on the job, made in the U.S.A.
Genesis G70 3.3T • A sport sedan that needs no caveats.
Nissan Altima • Proof that the crossover hasn’t won yet.
MY FIRST YEAR ON A MOTORCYCLE • After logging 5,000 miles on his first bike, Popular Mechanics’ auto editor reaches some conclusions.
HOW TO GET YOUR MOTORCYCLE LICENSE
Distracted Much? • New cars’ “infotainment systems” are a mess of dangerous touch screens and inscrutable icons. More knobs, please.
A Better Way to Buy Electricity • A system for metering apartment buildings that saves renters money—but ended up running afoul of utility companies.
The Biggest Ice-Climbing Wall in American History • In which ice stands in for steel, and plywood stands in for ice.
Scandinavian Booze from…Colorado? • Devil’s Head distiller Ryan White makes aquavit that’s true to his roots and entirely new.
The Home Snow Gun • Adventures in making your own weather.
High Atop the Mountain • There are a lot of jobs involved with running a ski resort. Luckily, there are a lot of DesLaurierses.
THE SHOPPABLE LIFE
Winter Camping • If you plan it right, it can beat summer camping.
Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders • Thousands of miles of sea and land frontier ceaselessly patrolled to keep out prohibited articles and collect duties.