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  • Popular Science's Spaceship Design Contest Winners!

    Popular Science's Spaceship Design Contest Winners!

    This past April, we put out a call for your ambitious spaceship designs. The only real rules were that we wanted to see an image, and that "the ideas must meet a certain threshold of seriousness, ... More >
  • Pangea Broke Apart As Fast As Fingernails Grow

    Pangea Broke Apart As Fast As Fingernails Grow

    Hang on to your land masses: we now know that the continents split apart in a big hurry. University of Sydney researchers studying seismic data from hundreds of millions of years ago found that ... More >
  • The AI Bots Are About To Get Emotional

    The AI Bots Are About To Get Emotional

    We already interact with artificial intelligence in our daily lives. Furby and Clippy were early forms; driverless cars and Facebook's chatbots pick up the mantle today. But if AI is to continue ... More >
  • Roach Milk: The Next Superfood?

    Roach Milk: The Next Superfood?

    Joining the ranks of pigeons and spiders, cockroaches are the latest animal of questionable merit to get milked in the name of science. More >
  • This Is What Humans Would Look Like If We Could Withstand Car Wrecks

    Graham Has Issues

    There's something a bit grasshopper-like about Graham. This man-sized sculpture sports a head that melds right into his torso, which is supported by a pair of strong, springy legs. But Graham's ... More >
Samantha Cole
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Breakthrough Starshot

When you're flinging a tiny circuit board 25 trillion miles through the universe, it's bound to hit some stuff. And when it's moving at 59,958,491 miles per second, even the tiniest speck of space dust can hurt.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Nature // 

There might be wide open spaces all around you, but in Montana, the rivers are closed.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016

Congress has found out something about the cause of airline delays that will be completely unsurprising to regular flyers: most of the delays come from glitches in antiquated systems.

Kristen Hall-Geisler
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Roborace
Robots // 

Roborace, the entirely autonomous electric car race that will run on the same courses as Formula E, took a big step toward reality when the series unveiled DevBot at the Formula E open practice sessions in Donington, UK. Devbot may not look like much -- it certainly doesn't look like the sexy green Robocar designed for the series by Daniel Simon -- but this test sled has everything but the skin of that car.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube
Drones // 

In the civilian world at least, a drone is a flying camera with a person on the other end. Everything we think about drones, really, depends on what the person on the other end decides to do with it. On the Greek Isle of Lesbos, in the Aegean Sea, Mehdi Salehi is using his drone to save incoming refugees.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
NASA

Congratulations are in order. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams just broke the U.S. record for cumulative spaceflight hours, previously set by Scott Kelly.

Samantha Cole
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Flickr user Udo Schmidt
Nature // 

In a feat of freaky genetics, scientists have created beetles with extra eyes where their horns used to grow.

Corey Mueller
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
John James Audubon via Wikimedia Commons
Science // 

An organization dedicated to the “genetic rescue for endangered and extinct species” thinks it can bring the great auk back from the dead.

Alexandra Ossola
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
NYU Langone Medical Center

If you saw Patrick Hardison walking down the street, you probably wouldn't give him a second glance. That's a big change from his life just over a year ago.

Jamie Leventhal
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Jamie Leventhal
Science // 

Your plants could be doing more work around the office than you are.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Persistent Surveillance Systems

When it comes to the sky, there is no privacy. There hasn't been, really, since 1989, when the Supreme Court ruled in Florida v. Riley that a helicopter flying above 400 feet didn't need a warrant for what it saw from above.

Josh Chamot
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Charlie Hamilton James
Nature // 

When considering how to celebrate Yellowstone and the National Parks Centennial, National Geographic reached out to award-winning writer David Quammen. The author of ten books and a columnist for Outside magazine, Rolling Stone, and other publications, he is also a longtime resident of the Yellowstone area.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
CDC

Doctors are getting a better look at the workings of zika and microcephaly as it ravages infected fetuses and infants thanks to brain scans and ultrasounds.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Science // 

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden collaborated on a short video project about issues of technology and democracy.

Samantha Cole
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
SASTIND/Xinhua

China's unveiled illustrations of its Mars probe and rover, following earlier announcements of its plan to land on the trendiest planet for bots.

 
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