• Can There Really Be A Planet In Our Solar System That We Don't Know About?

    Could There Really Be a Ninth Planet?

    Scientists have long suspected that our solar system might harbor a hidden planet. Now, after decades of searching, they may be on to something. More >
  • It's Official: 2015 The Warmest Year In Recorded History

    2015 Was The Warmest Year Ever

    The envelope, please. There are so many great nominees, but there can only be one winner. The year with the record-setting highest temperature goes to...2015! We all knew you were headed for ... More >
  • This Robot Just Built A Launch Pad

    This Robot Just Built A Launch Pad

    Humans have never built another structure on another planet. So far, everything hurled beyond our atmosphere and into the great beyond was constructed on Earth, made by human hands or human-built ... More >
  • Giant Megacopter Drone Lifts Weights, Sets Record

    Giant Megacopter Drone Lifts Weights, Sets Record

    When it comes to setting new world records, sometimes the key is just finding a task that hasn't been done before. “Fastest human in the 100 meter dash” is a record first set in the ... More >
  • The Human Brain Could Store 10 Times More Memories Than Previously Thought

    Brains Could Store 10x More Memories Than We Thought

    Like computers, our brains have an impressive capacity to store memories. Scientists have long known that the brain stores memories as patterns of electrical pulses that move through and between ... More >
Sarah Fecht
at 09:46 AM Feb 10 2016
Invisible Creature

Planning your next vacation or a honeymoon? Perhaps you should look up. NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs is "booking tours now", according to three interplanetary travel posters they recently commissioned.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016
Space // 

Think of it as extreme global warming.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016
Nature // 

Someone's got good taste. A hungry sea lion pup wandered into a beachfront restaurant in San Diego last week, charming the chef and taking a seat (and a nap) in one of the booths.

Jason Tetro
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016
Source: Wikipedia; Modifications: Jason Tetro

Two and a half months after the announcement of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, concern over the effects of infection seem to be spreading faster than the virus. This incredibly rapid rise of worry is justified as the virus continues to demonstrate potential links to a variety of serious conditions. In the last few weeks, in addition to the original reports of microcephaly, the virus appears to be implicated in the potentially fatal Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Now there is evidence of the virus in saliva and urine, suggesting human to human transmission may also occur.

Xavier Harding
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016
Droid Life (via ReviewDao)
Mobile // 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 release date is still a mystery, but the fog is clearing. The company revealed their Galaxy S6 smartphone last year back in March and followed with updates to the Galaxy Note and Tab mobile products. Now the company's ready with the 2016 version of the flagship phone: the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Dave Gershgorn
at 09:45 AM Feb 10 2016

Cybersecurity is a huge point of contention between the public and private sectors. Tech companies vie to stay unregulated in the services and level of encryption they provide to their customers, while the government seeks to mandate certain benchmarks they feel would keep the country's data safe.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
Nature // 

You don't need eyes to see--at least, not if you're a cyanobacteria.

Annabel Edwards
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
Andrea Sparacio (from The Zombie Autopsies)
Gaming // 

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, Amazon wants to make sure users are still able to use its new 3D game engine software.

Annabel Edwards
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016

Since 2014, NASA has had a rotating crew of four people living in the close quarters of a fake spacecraft for 30 days at a time, in order to simulate a 715-day trip to a near-earth asteroid. The four crew members only communicate regularly with each other and mission control and have no access to internet.

Jason Lederman
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
Twitter
Science // 

On Tuesday, Twitter announced the formation of the Twitter Trust & Safety Council in a blog post by Patricia Cartes, Head of Global Policy Outreach. The council will serve as an advisory board to Twitter, that will help the company to “develop products, policies, and programs” in their field of expertise.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
Energy // 

A Chinese fusion reactor managed to sustain plasma at temperatures of over 90 million degrees for 102 seconds, according to an article published in the South China Morning Post. That's over a minute in which a machine sustained an electrically charged gas with a temperature approximately three times hotter than the core of the sun.

Grennan Milliken
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins University
Science // 

It's February, and the cupids are fluttering about, their tiny composite bows trained upon unwitting victims. Amongst the relentless onslaught of red-colored stationery comes another assault, one to which I will always surrender: that of chocolate. No matter how strong your curmudgeonesque gripes with Valentine's Day, it's hard to hate chocolate.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
Edward Elgar Publishing
Robots // 

Who will the courts blame when the first driverless car kills someone? That's “when”, not “if”, as deaths from driverless cars are a near certainty, and the logic behind *who the car decides to kill* is a good introduction to the fascinating and terrifying world of our coming robot future.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
SpaceX, via Wikimedia Commons
Space // 

SpaceX wants to be able to land its reusable Falcon 9 rockets anywhere, anytime. And although the company has successfully landed on solid ground, it's still working on nailing the landing on an ocean platform. Several rockets have been harmed in these experiments.

Xavier Harding
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
Torrents-Time

There are a multitude of ways to consume video content online. Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and more have offered more ways than ever to binge shows and movies over the internet in legal fashion. For those looking to watch shows online that aren't easily available, many turn to torrenting. While using torrents for large file downloads isn't illegal in itself, there are a multitude of websites that offer illegal copies of films and TV shows, among them, The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents (Before we go any further, it's worth mentioning that Popular Science does not endorse illegally downloading anything.)

 
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