Father’s Day gifts are no-brainers if Dad’s an engineer. What? You say he’s already got an oscilloscope— and a USB-powered hand warmer? Well, then get him a silk tie that really fits him, from ThinkGeek’s online store (US $39.99). Our favorite, on the bottom right, depicts formulas.
Can rapping make engineering hip? Semiconductor engineer Rajeev Bajaj thinks it can
Lost in Space
The Space Station's woes show what's wrong with NASA and hints at how to put it right
Will ultrashort-range radio have far-reaching legal consequences?
Build Yourself An Electric Gun
Why? Because you just plug it in, aim...and fire
Fire and Ice
This book puts the global warming controversy in a very small nutshell
A Word In Your Ear
This iPhone headset is so light you can barely feel it
With summer in full swing, it's time to lay back on the beach with a good book in hand
Mathematics and More
Whether new features are must-haves or mere bells and whistles depends on your point of view
When Less Is More
A cellphone-PDA disappoints, while a simpler camera-phone delights
Blast From the Past
Hewlett-Packard is offering a calculator that looks like the first one it ever sold. Big deal
From Nerd to Wonk
Tired of designing devices that policy-makers will misuse? Go back to school and train to become a policy maven yourself
How High Is the Patent Bar Now?
Has the Supreme Court's ruling eviscerated the patents for hosts of products--even Apple's iPod?
The Foreign Patent Money Trap
You may well need patents in many countries, but that doesn't mean you can afford them
The Trading Test
A big-time financial firm is recruiting tech talent by offering prizes to the college kids whose software chooses the best investments
Kids, Do Try This at Home
We built a backyard cannon, and you can, too
Science For the Layman
Can you fit everything that everyone needs to know into a single book--and make it fun?
Dealing With the Media
You'll probably have to deal with reporters from time to time. Here are guidelines on how to handle them
Four fixes for the major problem facing musicians who play together on the Web: lag
What's Up, Postdoc?
How to climb the academic ladder
An engineer reinvents herself as a video-game developer