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Popular Mechanics SA - 05.2017
Popular Mechanics South Africa - May 2017
English | 104 pages | True PDF | 58 MB

The South African edition of Popular Mechanics was launched in 2002 and has fast become the acknowledged voice of science and technology in South Africa. Underpinning its rich sci-tech content is an ever-changing mix of articles covering everything from automotive news and outdoor adventures to DIY projects. In essence, it explains how our world works.

*... WHAT’S THAT, DEEP IN THE GULF OF MEXICO? Scientists don’t know as much as they should about the furthest fathoms of a valuable body of water – but that’s about to change. BY KEVIN DUPZYK. THE SURFACE. Three hundred and seventy kilometres southwest of New Orleans, a vessel called the Turritella floats on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an FPSO, which stands for floating production, storage and offloading facility; basically a cross between an oil platform and a tanker. * There’s no cooler job title: Chief Explosives Scientist. The person who holds it, the FBI’s Kirk Yeager, spent decades in the field, examining tiny pieces of evidence, most of them partially destroyed, and working backwards until he had a bomb, a bomb location, and, more often than not, clues that led to a suspect. “Imagine if you dump out a thousandpiece puzzle, throw out half the pieces, and light the other half on fire,” Yeager says. He’s good at burnt puzzles. Yeager is matter-of-fact, telling stories about a bomb site in Beirut as if he were recounting a trip to the pharmacy. And he has a good sense of humour, even for a guy who doesn’t wear a lab coat every day. * I want to build a metre-high retaining wall behind my house out of pressure-treated wood. Thoughts? Go ahead, but do your homework. First, check with your local authority before you dig to find out about underground utilities on or in front of a property ...*

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