Almost a dozen naval guns took part in demonstration exercises at the Rzhevsky firing range near St. Petersburg. Older time-tested weapons stood side by side with modernized guns that will arm the new ships of the Russian navy. In the September issue of Popular Mechanics readers will learn about Russian weapons — the Duet high-velocity naval gun mount that fires 10,000 rounds per minute and other new arrivals in the St. Petersburg maritime salon.
A special section in Technology is devoted to the cars of tomorrow: PM journalists test drove cars and checked out parking mechanisms and advances in road design that will appear on city streets in the next five to 10 years, including autopilot systems and night vision capabilities.
In the article “Restoring Flavor" in the Science section, readers will learn why store-bought tomatoes have that “cardboard" taste and how they can remove it. The article “The All-Knowing Airplane" in the Weapons section takes a look at “smart skin" — the “intelligent coating" for airplanes.
Also in this issue:
Thunder and lightning versus fire;
Russian tracks in the Andes;
Europe’s new wings;
The return of the Hindenburg;
Where light is born;
Motorsport of the future: closer to nature;
Also, for the first time this year the magazine employs “motion" technology: A plastic card insert makes illustrations “come alive."