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  • Scientists are speed breeding plants in a race to beat climate change

    Why Scientists Are Breeding Wheat in Space

    Some years ago, NASA bred wheat in space with the goal of providing an unending food supply for astronauts. To help the plant along, astronauts shined light on the plant continuously. As far as ... More >
  • China is making 1,000-UAV drone swarms now

    China Deploys 1000-Drone Swarm

    At the close of the Global Fortune Forum in Guangzhou on Dec. 7, the event's hosts set a world record for the largest drone swarm ever deployed. For 9 minutes, 1,180 drones danced and blinked out ... More >
  • When you burn fat, where does it actually go?

    When You Burn Fat, Where Does it Actually Go?

    When you dig into your meal or grab a quick bite on the way to work, the food you eat goes toward fueling your body. As your favorite (or not so favorite) foods pass through your digestive system, ... More >
  • In his first PopSci appearance, a young Stephen Hawking explains an incredible discovery

    Stephen Hawking's First PopSci Appearance

    How will the universe end? Will it sputter out in a realm of ice, cooling continually as it expands until it reaches the absolute zero of temperature throughout its vast expanse? Will it die in a ... More >
  • Rats have been in New York City since the 1700s and they're never leaving

    The Rats of New York: 300 Years & Counting

    Since the late 1700s, Norwegian rats have haunted New York City's alleys, parks, and basements. They came on ships from France and England, and then they never left. More >
Erin Blakemore
at 14:43 PM Feb 21 2018
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Fitness // 

From cross-country skiing to speed skating, the Winter Olympics is full of breathless feats of endurance. And for a large number of Olympic athletes, the breathlessness isn't just over who will win the next medal—it's from asthma. But if you think the condition could hold Olympians back, think again: Athletes with asthma are more likely to win medals than their competitors.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 14:43 PM Feb 21 2018
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China is looking to establish itself as a leader in robotic warships, having made plans to open the world's largest facility for unmanned ship research just north of Macau. The Wanshan Marine Test Site is slated to span 225 square nautical miles of water and islands. It'll reportedly be equipped with satellite navigation, electro optical sites, sonar, and datalinks.

Sara Chodosh
at 14:43 PM Feb 21 2018

In the last decade, only one flu shot has reached the 60 percent efficacy mark. Three others have gotten over 50 percent. The lowest: 19.

Eleanor Cummins
at 14:43 PM Feb 21 2018
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The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. is full of familiar faces. Since it opened in 1968, the museum's sole purpose has been to showcase the images of "men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States." A visitor could wander the halls for hours, but there's now more reason to high-tail it to the Presidential Gallery. As of February 12, former President Barack Obama's portrait has been added to the hall, and with it some truly beautiful botanicals.

Eleanor Cummins
at 14:43 PM Feb 21 2018
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Hacks // 

Adults are in pain. A 2015 study from the National Institutes of Health showed that 25 million U.S. adults cope with chronic pain every day. While everyone's suffering is different—there are as many sources of pain as people—for many, how you sleep plays a crucial role.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 14:43 PM Feb 21 2018
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The People's Liberation Army Air Force has officially deployed its J-20 stealth fighters to frontline fighter squadrons. Shen Jinke, a PLAAF spokesman, told the Xinhua News Agency that the new fighters were ready to "safeguard China's sovereignty, security and territorial integrity." The PLA's English website also mentions the J-20's newfound operational status, which suggests the announcement was meant to raise the international profile of the modernizing Chinese military.

Eleanor Cummins
at 13:04 PM Feb 12 2018
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The emphasis of this year's two-week-long Winter Olympic Games has been placed squarely on the Olympians themselves. After all, the stated purpose of the international competition is to bring together the world's greatest athletes in a nail-biting competition across fifteen different winter sports.

Claire Maldarelli
at 13:04 PM Feb 12 2018
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Nature // 

There's something about the blind Mexican cavefish that will make you quite jealous: To survive and thrive, they require just two hours of sleep each night; no more, no less. Imagine everything you could do with those extra six hours.

kkelley
at 13:04 PM Feb 12 2018
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It seemed harmless enough, playing in the rain with an umbrella under an overflowing rain gutter. The thunderstorm was passing, and the worst of it was over. Then lightning struck—very narrowly missing the kid outside. It was so close that, in the video taken that day, it looks like he was directly hit by the bolt. It was so close that, even if he wasn't struck directly, he could have been seriously hurt by residual current.

Sara Chodosh
at 13:04 PM Feb 12 2018
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Unfortunately—oddly—it all began with Hitler. For the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Adolf Hitler wanted to draw on the ancient Greeks to bring a certain authoritative, classical air to modern Germany. The head of the Reich sports office had just the plan to do it: hold an elaborate relay to bring a symbolic Olympic flame from Greece to the games.

Rob Verger
at 13:04 PM Feb 12 2018
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Gadgets // 

Facial-recognition technology is no longer a gimmick in dystopian science fiction movies or CSI-style cop shows: It's increasingly used in more pedestrian ways. Your face can unlock your iPhone X, for example. Or, if you're flying with Jetblue from Boston to Aruba or the Dominican Republic, you have the option of using your visage as your boarding pass, a system that involves an offsite U.S. Customs and Border Protection algorithm making the matches. And now, the tech—featuring a camera attached to sunglasses— is being used by police officers in crowds in China, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

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at 13:04 PM Feb 12 2018
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Do a quick search for “snakes” in the news and you'll find people terrified, bitten or, sadly, killed by these creatures. Many of us fear their slithering ways and researchers have found evidence which suggests that humans have evolved a tendency to spot snakes more easily than other animals.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 13:04 PM Feb 12 2018
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Drones // 

Most drones are small, and carry nothing except cameras. But Ehang Corp, a major Chinese drone maker, has been busy testing its Ehang 184 flying taxis, a drone designed to transport people. It's now completed more 1,000 test flights with and without passengers, as CNN reports.

Claire Maldarelli
at 15:19 PM Feb 5 2018
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Fitness // 

On Sunday, countless Americans will hunker down in their living rooms to eat chips and really good dip, socialize with friends, and of course watch the Super Bowl—the cumulative game for a sport that's been drawing heavy criticism as of late.

Erin Blakemore
at 15:19 PM Feb 5 2018
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Fitness // 

There's a high chance Super Bowl LII will end in a Gatorade shower—a tradition so hallowed, people even bet on what color the hydrating beverage will be when it soaks the head coach of the winning team. But what if that shower were made of sweat instead of a sports drink? If the entire Eagles or Patriots teams combined their Super Bowl sweat, could they fill a whole cooler?

 
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