• Why the Soviet space shuttle was left to rot

    Why the Soviet space shuttle was left to rot

    Just before dawn on the morning of November 15, 1988, the Energiya rocket stood fueled and ready on the launch pad at Baikonur, the Soviet Union's launch site. Mated to the booster was the Buran ... More >
  • The Looming 8th Pandemic – Climate Change and Cholera

    The Looming 8th Pandemic

    Throughout history, only a few pathogens have made historical impacts on human health. One of these is cholera. Caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae this potentially fatal disease has ... More >
  • First Ever Glass Deposits Found On Martian Surface

    First Ever Glass Deposits Found On Martian Surface

    It seems like Mars has just about everything:auroras, water, and now... glass? More >
  • Apple Set To Take On Spotify With New Music Streaming Service

    Apple Set To Take On Spotify

    Apple just made itself relevant to music lovers—again. At its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday, the company announced a new streaming music service for the iPhone, ... More >
  • One-Armed Robot Beats Samurai In Sword Competition

    One-Armed Robot Beats Samurai

    For thousands of years, nothing on Earth was deadlier with a sword than a human. People have since largely moved on from slicing weapons to firearms and explosives, but the art of swordsmanship ... More >
Brooke Borel
at 12:05 PM Jul 1 2015

A MERS outbreak in South Korea has infected 181 people and killed 33. For an overview on the virus, check out this National Geographic piece, and to understand why it may have spread so quickly, here's an explanation from NPR's Goats and Soda.

Jason Tetro
at 12:05 PM Jul 1 2015
Source: Wikipedia
Fitness // 

In addition to water bottles, disinfectant spray bottles have become commonplace in many athletic facilities. The routine is simple to adopt; after you've used a piece of equipment, simply spray down the surfaces you've touched and give it a wipe.

Amy Shira Teitel
at 12:05 PM Jul 1 2015
Space // 

The Saturn V launches are the probably the most iconic launches of the Apollo era, a 363-foot rocket riding on a pillar of flames. But the Gemini launches were, in many ways, far more beautiful. The sleek Titan II missile launched the streamlined spacecraft into orbit on a clear flame. It also made a “bwooping” sound at the moment just before liftoff, a uniquely strange sound.

Sarah Fecht
at 12:05 PM Jul 1 2015
Space // 

After the explosion of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, the hunt is on to find out what went wrong. Although the company says it still isn't sure what the hell happened, the Air Force has just announced that its safety officers sent the command for the rocket to destroy itself--but that was long after it was already breaking apart from a malfunction, USA Today reports.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:05 PM Jul 1 2015
Science // 

Yes, there will be an extra second in the day, added in at midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Not that you noticed. It is just a second after all.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:05 PM Jul 1 2015
Science // 

Illegally traded specimens of endangered species present a huge problem to investigators and customs officials all over the world. But in some cases, the illegal trade isn't ivory or endangered animals: it's bits of wood.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:05 PM Jul 1 2015
Science // 

In the US, this weekend is the Fourth of July, a time for family, and hot dogs and, of course, fireworks. You know, those things we banned in Australia (except for Canberra and the NT) because they're too dangerous.

Dave Gershgorn
at 12:05 PM Jul 1 2015
Mark Zuckerberg/ Facebook

During his townhall Q&A session on his Facebook page today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his idea of what a technologically integrated future looks like: and it's a lot like an episode of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror.

Ted Burnham
at 09:52 AM Jun 30 2015
Ted Burnham/PopSci

The challenge of the Autonomous Vehicle Competition, hosted by hobbyist electronics vendor SparkFun at its Boulder, Colorado, headquarters, seems simple enough: Build a robot that can navigate itself around the company's parking lot. Though the AVC course is dotted with small obstacles, it's really just one lap — a distance of less than 900 feet. But for the majority of competitors, it feels more like the path into Mordor.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:52 AM Jun 30 2015
Robots // 

AMC's latest Sci-Fi show Humans takes us into another world. A world, that....actually, looks incredibly familiar. The streets, the cars, the landscape, the computers, all seem pretty close to our world today. Except for, you know, the eerily humanoid robots that are there to serve humanity's every whim.

Levi Sharpe
at 09:52 AM Jun 30 2015
Angel Giuffria/ Instagram
Robots // 

Hunger Games actress and self-proclaimed “cyborg,” Angel Giuffria, just upgraded to one of the most advanced prosthetic arms on the market.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:52 AM Jun 30 2015
Solar Impulse

The Solar Impulse 2 is finally on its way from Japan to Hawaii. The third time seems to be the charm for this solar plane, after its first two attempts to make this perilous flight were called off due to bad weather. Now, with the pilot nearly finished with his first day of flying over the Pacific, there's no choice but to continue to Hawaii.

Alexandra Ossola
at 09:52 AM Jun 30 2015

The neurons in your brain are exquisitely designed to transmit signals—as many as 1 trillion bits per second, according to some estimates. The cells use chemical neurotransmitters to pass the signal from one to the next. To treat neurological disorders, scientists have only been able to hack this signal with electric stimulation or imprecise chemical changes from medications. Now a team of Swedish researchers has developed a synthetic neuron that is able to communicate chemically with organic neurons, which could change the neural pathways and better treat neurological disorders, according to a study published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

Chandra Clarke
at 09:52 AM Jun 30 2015
Photo Credit: NOAA via Wikimedia Commons

Climatology is a fiendishly difficult field of study. There are so many factors to consider, and in many cases, we don't have a lot of historical data to help us refine and improve our models. Complicating matters further is the question of climate change. If we don't have a solid grasp on how certain events used to happen, how can we have a clear understanding how of they will work in the future?

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:52 AM Jun 30 2015
Nature // 

Today, we're talking bees. Yep. Those bees. Sure, some people might have had a bad encounter or two with the wrong end of a bee's stinger, and might be on guard around the little insects. For the most part though, bees get a bad rap. In addition to creating delicious honey, they also help pollinate crops. Without their help we wouldn't have food.

 
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