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Popular Mechanics

Jul/Aug 2019
Magazine

Popular Mechanics helps the reader master the modern world, presenting trusted information about his home, his car, his technology and the world around him. With tool tests, building projects, car reviews and more, Popular Mechanics shows the American man how to upgrade his life. And the magazine's analysis of the latest developments in technology and engineering keeps him in the know about the science behind the news-from alternative energy to military technology to digital privacy. Each month, nearly 9 million curious minds turn to Popular Mechanics for advice and in-depth reporting. Get Popular Mechanics digital magazine subscription today.

Moon-Landing Deniers? I Kinda Get It

POPULAR MECHANICS

THE SPACE RACE IS GETTING CROWDED • While we worked on our cover story on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the next era of exploration, space news just kept hitting. Among the biggest we covered:

4 ESSENTIALS FOR MAKING A SMOOTH CUT • Here’s how to use any of the circular saws we tested on page 52.

THE BEST HEADPHONES FOR A REALLY LONG COMMUTE • While working on this issue, we moved our office out of New York City to our new headquarters in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. In the weeks leading up to the move, I made dozens of trips between those two locations, usually by bus. Those rides were a good excuse to test three new and noteworthy headphones.

Can This Family SUV Go Off-Road? • Auto Editor Ezra Dyer can be counted on to take a sensible assignment (test-drive the new Kia Telluride) and do something ambitious—and potentially dangerous.

MEET THE NEW GUY!

LARGE PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Cooking (& Shrinking) the Modern Combat Ration • At an Army development lab, creating food for troops is as much about technology as it is about cooking. We sent a chef to learn how it all works. And tastes.

Binoculars

Lobstermen Go Racing • There’s a horsepower war that happens off the coast of Maine. I entered. First prize: a bucket of bait.

A Laser-Guided Tool for the Machine Shop • An inventor applies for his first patent at 65—an update to a standard machinist’s tool. He winds up with clients in medicine and aerospace.

The Right Mix • There’s more American blended whiskey on liquor-store shelves. Here’s why—and why you should try it.

The B. I. Y. Approach • The “infinity bottle” is an overwrought term used by whiskey geeks to mean, simply, a bottle into which you pour a little of whatever whiskey you happen to be enjoying. You drink from it from time to time and enjoy whatever surprising flavor you’ve unwittingly created in the bottle, but you never let it run out. (Whiskey begins to lose its flavor once the bottle is opened, so it’s best to start over each year.) No matter what you call it, the resulting blend will likely be delicious and will definitely be singular.

A Case for Less Tech • A computer scientist’s advice for dumping the unnecessary gadgets and apps in your life.

Motorcycles • Less intimidating, and even more thrilling, than you might think. Here are the essentials, from your license to your boots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your First Motorcycle • Antilock brakes and an engine between 300 and 800 cc (cubic centimeters, the measure of the engine size) is what first-time riders should look for. Buying used will save money, but right now is a fantastic time to buy new. The industry is working hard to court first-time riders with cool bikes and discounts.

The Gear • Plan to spend at least $1,000. If that sounds like a lot, pull from whatever you were going to spend on a bike. This is worth it. Comfortable protection will save you from injury, and make you ride more, and more confidently.

Getting the License

Crashing a Ferrari Party • The Ferrari Club of...


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Frequency: Every other month Pages: 98 Publisher: Hearst Edition: Jul/Aug 2019

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Popular Mechanics helps the reader master the modern world, presenting trusted information about his home, his car, his technology and the world around him. With tool tests, building projects, car reviews and more, Popular Mechanics shows the American man how to upgrade his life. And the magazine's analysis of the latest developments in technology and engineering keeps him in the know about the science behind the news-from alternative energy to military technology to digital privacy. Each month, nearly 9 million curious minds turn to Popular Mechanics for advice and in-depth reporting. Get Popular Mechanics digital magazine subscription today.

Moon-Landing Deniers? I Kinda Get It

POPULAR MECHANICS

THE SPACE RACE IS GETTING CROWDED • While we worked on our cover story on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the next era of exploration, space news just kept hitting. Among the biggest we covered:

4 ESSENTIALS FOR MAKING A SMOOTH CUT • Here’s how to use any of the circular saws we tested on page 52.

THE BEST HEADPHONES FOR A REALLY LONG COMMUTE • While working on this issue, we moved our office out of New York City to our new headquarters in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. In the weeks leading up to the move, I made dozens of trips between those two locations, usually by bus. Those rides were a good excuse to test three new and noteworthy headphones.

Can This Family SUV Go Off-Road? • Auto Editor Ezra Dyer can be counted on to take a sensible assignment (test-drive the new Kia Telluride) and do something ambitious—and potentially dangerous.

MEET THE NEW GUY!

LARGE PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Cooking (& Shrinking) the Modern Combat Ration • At an Army development lab, creating food for troops is as much about technology as it is about cooking. We sent a chef to learn how it all works. And tastes.

Binoculars

Lobstermen Go Racing • There’s a horsepower war that happens off the coast of Maine. I entered. First prize: a bucket of bait.

A Laser-Guided Tool for the Machine Shop • An inventor applies for his first patent at 65—an update to a standard machinist’s tool. He winds up with clients in medicine and aerospace.

The Right Mix • There’s more American blended whiskey on liquor-store shelves. Here’s why—and why you should try it.

The B. I. Y. Approach • The “infinity bottle” is an overwrought term used by whiskey geeks to mean, simply, a bottle into which you pour a little of whatever whiskey you happen to be enjoying. You drink from it from time to time and enjoy whatever surprising flavor you’ve unwittingly created in the bottle, but you never let it run out. (Whiskey begins to lose its flavor once the bottle is opened, so it’s best to start over each year.) No matter what you call it, the resulting blend will likely be delicious and will definitely be singular.

A Case for Less Tech • A computer scientist’s advice for dumping the unnecessary gadgets and apps in your life.

Motorcycles • Less intimidating, and even more thrilling, than you might think. Here are the essentials, from your license to your boots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your First Motorcycle • Antilock brakes and an engine between 300 and 800 cc (cubic centimeters, the measure of the engine size) is what first-time riders should look for. Buying used will save money, but right now is a fantastic time to buy new. The industry is working hard to court first-time riders with cool bikes and discounts.

The Gear • Plan to spend at least $1,000. If that sounds like a lot, pull from whatever you were going to spend on a bike. This is worth it. Comfortable protection will save you from injury, and make you ride more, and more confidently.

Getting the License

Crashing a Ferrari Party • The Ferrari Club of...


Expand title description text