The main theme of the July issue of Popular Mechanics – striving upwards. One major piece tells of the little-known Soviet project to construct a lightweight space shuttle whose construction anticipated solutions used in today’s new generation of unmanned shuttles.
For a bit of summer fun, the magazine offers science and technology lovers a master class on creating carbonated gas-powered rockets with their own hands. The “Science" section reveals secrets of magnetism and tells how to make a super-powerful bomb from as yet undiscovered particles. In addition, readers will find an article about an asymmetric airplane from Hitler’s Germany, dynamic tank armor and coverage of hardball – the new military-athletic form of recreation.
Also in this issue:
- Secrets of the official ball used in World Cup soccer;
- The Popular Mechanics Editor-in-Chief reports from Kamchatka on the main volcanoes of Russia;
- How to prepare for the advent of electric automobiles;
- Why placebos cure and nocebos cripple.