Jacqueline Detwiler

Jacqueline Detwiler is Popular Mechanics' articles editor and host of the Most Useful Podcast Ever. She has a master’s degree in neuroscience and previously contributed to Wired, Esquire, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur.

How To Start Surfing

Thinking about grabbing a surfboard and hitting the waves? Here's what beginners need to know about surfing.

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I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To
For two months, I hacked myself to separate the science from the BS. But if I ended up stronger, smarter, faster, healthier, calmer, mo…
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Bourbon Vs. Bourbon: Did Whiskey Really Taste Better in the 1800s?

If you ship whiskey on a river, does it taste better? We wanted to know, so we ran an experiment.

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How to Make Great Cocktails

Your guide to becoming a great bartender (without taking a mixology class).

Where U.S. Special Forces Buy Their Weapons

Inside the world’s most surreal trade show.

Learn to Make Amaro and Fashion Your Own Take on Fernet-Branca
Amaro, the sweet and bitter, tummy-settling botanical liqueur, is about to have a moment. Making your own is a little science and a lot…
One Guy With a Supercomputer Who's Chasing the Causes of Cancer
You may have heard of big data. You probably haven’t heard of Ludmil Alexandrov, the researcher identifying the causes of cancer one pe…
The Science of the Smartphone Backlash

Are our devices doing us more harm than good? It’s complicated.

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Escape From the Rock
In 1962, three men broke out of Alcatraz and tried to cross San Francisco Bay using an improvised raft and DIY life vests inspired by p…
How to Get Started in Rock Climbing

Sierra Blair-Coyle buckled into her first harness at age eight. We asked her about what it takes to get to where she is.

Add One Ounce Science: How to Hack Your Booze

All the (weird) things you can do to liquor to make it taste great.

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You Should Be Cooking With Crickets. Here's How.

Cricket flour is good for the environment and your body. We just have a few questions.

7 Amazing Women in Tech You Need to Know
These women fell in love with pursuits in the male-dominated technology industry, but that didn't stop them. They are natural-born crea…
Gravel Cycling Is Terrifying—And Exhilarating

A lifelong minimalist embraces the equipment-intensive sport of gravel cycling.

What Happens Inside NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab Changes the World
Everyone's talking about private industry getting humans on Mars. Mars trips! Mars houses! Mars colonies! But no one's going anywhere w…
Why We Need Women in Tech

Some of the most prominent women in the tech industry tell us what we need that they've got. 

How to Throw a Hurricane Party

When you live in a place prone to life-threatening storms, you can leave, or you can get used to it.

The Most Useful Podcast Ever: How to Shoot a Horror Film With a Robot Camera

In a genre that seems all but exhausted, one director had a crazy idea.

Congratulations on Your New Body Part!

It's not every day we discover a new piece of ourselves.

The Jail of the Future Looks... Nice?

It's more country club than gloomy fortress.

These Photos Make You Feel Like You're Flying
Kacper Kowalski's show "Above & Beyond" is currently on display in New York. All the shots are taken by him—no drones allowed
How to Build an Art Museum Without Destroying the Art
Construction is dirty and city air is polluted, but New York's Whitney museum must perfectly clean before it can display priceless work…
Why Janet Napolitano Thinks America Is So Vulnerable to Cyberattacks
The former Department of Homeland Security security tells PM how the U.S. must prepare for cyberattacks not only from ISIS and al-Qaida…