Monday, May 5, 2008

Popular Mechanics, May 2008

Special Report: Rebuilding America
Major infrastructure failures, from the New Orleans levees in 2005 to the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis in 2007, are proving that the country’s concrete-and-steel underpinnings are in trouble.

Separated at Birth
A Mazda3 and Volvo C30 look different -- but beneath the surface they’re nearly identical. Automakers save millions by sharing parts among vehicles. What does that mean for consumers?

Mac vs. PC
This computer rivalry has been elevated to a cultural divide on par with Pepsi versus Coke. Taking it beyond personal taste, PM crunches the numbers -- with some surprising results.

There are people who hate flying. And then there are people who love it so much that between flights they gather at airports just to watch the aircraft take off and land. Meet the planespotters.

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