In this month’s issue, we offer distinctly useful advice on freeing up computer disc space, comment on music piracy (yes, it remains ethically unsound) and tell you how to digitise your old home movies. Our cover story describes a huge aircraft, developed under a veil of secrecy, that’s destined to launch a two-stage rocket into orbit (read about the Stratolaunch project, starting on page 20). Will this change your life? Possibly not, at least in the immediate future. Do you need to know about it? Damn right you do.
We also let you know why the Titanic still matters, meet budding engineers preparing for the 2012 South African Solar Challenge, get to grips with Jay Leno’s 1916 Owen Magnetic, and provide plans on how to build an unusual feature for your garden.
Calling all inventors – again
We are about to call for entries into the 2012 Popular Mechanics Inventor of the Year competition, so if you have an invention that deserves attention, now’s the time to get your act together. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be providing details of the rules, categories, entry and other essential information, including an announcement about big prize money. See page 60 of PM’s May 2012 issue.
And don’t forget to subscribe to Popular Mechanics for 12 issue – you could win a new Ford Focus 1.6 Trend worth R230 000. (Offer expires in August 2012.)