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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 >
Seth B. Darling & Douglas L. Sisterson
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Pixabay
Science // 

This story is excerpted from How to Change Minds About Out Changing Climate by Seth B. Darling and Douglas L. Sisterson. Reprinted with permission of The Experiment and available wherever books are sold.

Kate Baggaley
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Wikimedia Commons

The human nose is packed with bacteria. Some of its inhabitants can sicken us, but yet other nose-dwellers may hold the key to fighting them off. Today, scientists announced the discovery of a new antibiotic produced by bacteria in human noses. Called lugdunin, the compound can combat Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA can cause a potentially life-threatening infection, and is resistant to some antibiotics.

Thom Leavy
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Courtesy of @BlackMirror
Science // 

"86 days." That's all the official Black Mirror Twitter account had to share today to drive hundreds of likes, retweets, and exclamatory responses. The cult British sci-fi TV show's greatest reactions were those of the shocked and appalled— shocked by the unnerving, socio-technological commentary, and appalled by the limited number (just seven total) episodes to date.

Dave Gershgorn
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016

In artificial intelligence research, everyone is talking about style transfer. It takes traits from one piece of art, like the brushstrokes of a painting, and applies it to another image. It's the software behind the popular photo app Prisma, and Twitter bots like the now-defunct DeepForger.

Meaghan Lee Callaghan
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Andrew Hill / Flickr
Nature // 

Lichens, a mix of fungi and other organisms, are all around us, covering that tree on the side of the road or growing on an old building. The ancient combination of organisms has been a textbook example of symbiosis, a relationship between two organisms, for more than a century. It's a composite, where either algae or cyanobacteria live inside tiny structures made by a fungus.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube

There is too much happening at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for any person to watch it all. Not just the sporting events, though there are over 30 events during the 16 days of the event. For the security personnel tasked with making sure athletes, attendees, and civilians are all safe during the event, that's a sky-high task, so it helps that Brazil is going to have an all-seeing camera on a blimp record everything happening within an area of 15 square miles.

Xavier Harding
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Apple
Mobile // 

Apple is no stranger to the billion-with-a-B milestone. The computer company counts its profits in billions, its app download figures in billions and the amount of shade CEO Tim Cook throws at FBI director James Comey in billions as well. Now the company has another figure to attach the word to: one billion iPhones sold.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Andrew Caldwell

Some pictures are worth 1,000 words, but others are so out of this world that they will leave you speechless.

Ryan F. Mandelbaum
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
CERN
Science // 

A collaboration of Middle Eastern scientists are looking for users for a scientific tool and hope to unite people from countries sometimes known for conflict.

Kate Baggaley
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016

A new demo spotted by Mashable offers a glimpse of US-based startup Magic Leap's augmented reality technology at work. In the video, which CMO Brian Wallace released at a conference in China, a user appears to measure a space and shop for baby-friendly lamps to fill it. You can see one of the lamps appear in 3D in the user's room, and even accommodate shifts in perspective as she approaches.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Sam Ward

The FDA just approved a new, synthetic THC product for use in treating a variety of ailments, in liquid form. But despite being the first liquid THC replacement on the market, this may not be worth the buzz.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Gaming // 

Many Pokémon are fashioned after real-life animals, so it's almost fitting that the insanely popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go is actually helping out some wildlife.

Dave Gershgorn
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Google/ OpenAI

Artificial intelligence lets us offload tasks onto machines—they're beginning to tag our photos, drive our cars, and fly our drones. These A.I. systems occasionally make wrong decisions while doing these things, as speculated in the recent Tesla Autopilot crash or mishearing a voice command, but new research suggests that hackers with experience in A.I. could force these algorithms to make wrong and potentially harmful decisions.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Nintendo
Gaming // 

The wait continues for the first piece of official hardware associated with Nintendo's Pokémon Go. The Pokémon Go Plus wristband was supposed to arrive this month, but has been delayed until September:

Samantha Cole
at 13:05 PM Jul 28 2016
Flickr user Vaping360

It's not news that electronic cigarettes, an increasingly popular alternative to conventional cigs, contain some levels of toxic chemicals. Even the FDA seems confused about how to regulate e-cigs and vaping supplies, with hundreds of types of smoking apparatuses and varying flavors and nicotine levels hitting the market.

 
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