Picked up the September 2010 issue at an Airport Newstand and was disappointed.
The cover story, Radical Vehicles, was both dated and pointless. 100 MPG is an embarrasingly low target for the X-Prize in 2010 when the Aptera, a "car" featured in this article, was announced with 150 MPG potential in early 2008. The 2008 announcement was more in-depth than this article.
The backyard inventions article featured a spokeless bicycle from Yale. The article described nothing of consequence regarding the bicycle which would be interesting if there was on single benifit of a spokeless bicycle.
Generally, the articles in the magazine seemed to be trivial and rarely even skimmed the surface of any issue of discussion.
TOO MANY ADDS
SOME ARTICLES ARE GOOD BUT TOO MANY ADVERTISMENTS. I ONLY BOUGHT BECAUSE PRICE FOR TWO YEARS IS CHEAP. I HAVE BOUGHT THIS BOOK BEFORE AND DIDN'T RENEW BECAUSE OF ADDS.
It was not enough & interesting as new ideas in Mechanics. I couldn't find what is a news around the world & US for now.
2 months have passed since I ordered this and not one issue has been delivered to me. I did however get a subscription renewal request from Hearst Publications. That will never happen.
My 1 star rating is for the seller and not the magazine.
Not the best
I confused this with Popular Science. This magazine is not very good. It has VERY few articles and TONS of ads. Many of the articles are bad or uninteresting. Some are even just plain wrong or they don't know what they are talking about. I will NOT be resubscribing, even if it was free.
Magazine should be called Popular Fantasy
Going back to the 1950s this magazine has features covers of flying boats, flying cars, even flying campers!
I wouldn't be surprised to see a cover titled: BUILD YOUR OWN TIME MACHINE!
So, if you want a few good yucks every month, then go ahead and subscribe, but if you want a magazine that deals with reality, stick with Wired or Scientific American.
below average mag
not sure who this magazine is intended for but I found the stuff in it to be comparable to the incompetent blog posts I see everywhere.
not only most the magazine is filled with ads but it's hard to distinguish which pages are ads and which pages are editorials.
the last one I got had 7 steps to wash your car... so if you want to learn about that sort of thing, this magazine is for you.
Articles are related to mechanics, I used to get years ago, Very disappointed i will not be renewing my subscription.
Not the magazine of my childhood
I have fond memories of this magazine from my childhood. Unfortunely this is not the magazine of those times. It has plenty of gun ads and the like and appears to swing sharply to the right.
The Life You've Always Wanted
I waited over 3 weeks for this product for a class I was in and was then told it was never shipped from Canada.