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  • The Ozone Layer Is On The Mend

    The Ozone Layer Is On The Mend

    An international agreement to phase out use of chemicals that damage the ozone layer appears to be working. A new report finds that ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere are down by 10 to ... More >
  • Lasers Reveal Underground 'Super Henge'

    Lasers Reveal Underground 'Super Henge'

    Near the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, archeologists have found the buried traces of a "super henge" more than 4,900 feet in circumference. That's about as big around as the Astrodome and ... More >
  • Rosetta Takes A Selfie

    Rosetta Takes A Selfie

    The Rosetta robotic space probe has sent back this amazing photo of itself, illuminated in the sun's light. More >
  • A Google Glass App That Detects People's Emotions

    An App to Detect Emotions?

    Sometimes people are hard to read. Why not leave all that work to a computer? Perhaps you could use this experimental app that works in Google Glass. Aim Glass's camera at a person's face and ... More >
  • Home Built Elysium Style Exoskeleton Makes Lifting Concrete Barbells Easy

    A DIY Exoskeleton

    YouTuber the Hacksmith has built himself a set of Elysium style robot arms. Powered by compressed air, the system lets him easily curl a 77 KG barbell made from steel and concrete blocks. More >
Lindsay Handmer
at 08:37 AM Sep 16 2014
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Designed to destroy enemy ships up to 300 KM off the coast, the Russian defence system is pretty formidable. But what makes the launch particularly impressive is how the missile launches vertically, then fires secondary rockets to flip it horizontal before streaking over the horizon.

Lindsay Handmer
at 09:35 AM Sep 15 2014
Queensland University Of Technology
Robots // 

Autonomous cars get all the attention, but now the driverless boat is getting a look in. Built by a team from the Queensland University of Technology, the boat is designed to compete in the Maritime RobotX Challenge later this year.

Emily Gertz
at 10:33 AM Sep 14 2014
Adaptive Symbiosis Technologies
Nature // 

The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:33 AM Sep 14 2014
Screenshot from Youtube video courtesy of R&D Magazine
Robots // 

The archetypical robot is a man of metal, a harsh mechanical construct contrasted sharply with the soft fleshiness of the humans that built it. A team of engineers, led by Michael T. Tolley of the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, created instead a soft robot. Using a flexible body, the robot moves like a flailing starfish over all terrain.

Haniya Rae
at 10:33 AM Sep 14 2014
Wikimedia Commons/Photoshop By Popular Science

Remember that early ‘90s horror-themed video game, Doom, where you roamed around a Martian landscape, killing everything in sight? Well, now the game isn’t just for shooting demons and zombie Marines anymore. A construction company called DIRTT (which stands for Doing It Right This Time) is using software based on the old Doom engine to blueprint hospital walls and office spaces. They’re hoping the technology will eradicate the two most expensive words in the construction industry.

Rafi Letzter
at 10:33 AM Sep 14 2014
Hermann Cuntz via Wikimedia Commons

Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly will throw a water balloon at Bob whenever you throw a water balloon at Molly. Maybe Bob will splash both of you whenever he goes five minutes without getting hit -- or if it gets too warm out or if it's seven o'clock or if he's in a bad mood that day. The details don't matter.

Flora Lisica, The Conversation
at 10:32 AM Sep 14 2014
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Science // 

The impact of 29 films released in the United States was examined, each featuring a different dog breed. Classics such as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Lady and the Tramp (1955), The Fox and the Hound (1981) and Beethoven (1992) were all judged to have influenced people’s choice of dogs. The study traces the popularity of the featured breeds for up to ten years after the film’s release.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:32 AM Sep 14 2014
Gabriel Barathieu, via Wikimedia Commons
Drones // 

Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.

Loren Grush
at 10:32 AM Sep 14 2014
Philip Krantz, Krantz NanoArt
Science // 

If you talk to an artificial atom, it turns out the atom will say something back to you. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to hear it.

Loren Grush
at 10:32 AM Sep 14 2014
NASA
Science // 

480: weight in pounds of the Lunar rover on Earth. On the Moon, it only weighs a light 80 pounds.

Katherine Legge
at 10:32 AM Sep 14 2014
KatherineLegge.com/Amlin Aguri
Cars // 

Popular Science has partnered with British electric racecar driver Katherine Legge, who will compete in the very first Formula E championship. Legge is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) supporter and is blogging for us from the racetrack in Beijing -- the host city for the first round, which kicks off Saturday, Sept. 13.

Brooke Borel
at 09:42 AM Sep 12 2014
Courtesy NOAA ONMS
Science // 

More than 150 confirmed wrecks lie deep beneath the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. And since 1996, under-graduate students under the guidance of Hans Van Tilburg, a maritime archaeologist with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, have donned scuba gear to document these technological relics. “This is a way to survey cultural resources and tell part of the historical story,” Van Tilburg says.

Rafi Letzter
at 09:42 AM Sep 12 2014
© LBI ArchPro, Wolfgang Neubauer
Science // 

Near the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, archeologists have found the buried traces of a "super henge" more than 4,900 feet in circumference. That's about as big around as the Astrodome and Cowboys Stadium combined -- and 14 times larger than the iconic stone circle.

Emily Gertz
at 09:41 AM Sep 12 2014
ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

The Rosetta robotic space probe has sent back this amazing photo of itself, illuminated in the sun's light.

Emily Gertz
at 09:41 AM Sep 12 2014
NASA
Nature // 

An international agreement to phase out use of chemicals that damage the ozone layer appears to be working. A new report finds that ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere are down by 10 to 15 percent, and that the ozone layer is by and large getting thicker.

 
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