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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 >
Corey Mueller
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Mobile // 

The iPhone 7 official release date is still unknown, and avid Apple users are getting antsy to know what new features the popular smartphone will have. This YouTube clip may hint at one feature, or rather, lackthereof.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Dedrone
Drones // 

No one wants a drone-related accident. The best way to ensure that one doesn't happen is to make sure everyone with a drone flies responsibly. Failing that, the second-best option could be a system of sensors and jammers that detects drones within a certain area and then sends them home.

Coby McDonald
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Manchester Metropolitan University (CC by 2.0)

A major obstacle standing in the way of new drug discovery is the failure of universities and industries to work together. That's according to the authors of a new study published today in the journal PLOS Pathogens, declaring the success of an open-source project to discover new promising antimalarial compounds.

Corey Mueller
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Apple
Cars // 

Apple is back at it again, ramping up its efforts to develop a self-driving car. The company has hired Dan Dodge, former head of Blackberry's automotive software group, according to Bloomberg.

Thom Leavy
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Courtesy of Netflix
Science // 

A flurry of details about the third season of Black Mirror have emerged since the show's Twitter account bluntly posted "86 days." We knew it was going from British television to Netflix, expanding into a 12-episode season, and coming out a minute after midnight, Pacific time. Now we know that the dozen episodes will be split into two releases: half on October 21, and the other six coming out "some time next year," according to Vulture.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
NASA

Even if you're not an astronaut, something of yours might make it to space eventually.

Meaghan Lee Callaghan
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Nature // 

On July 4th a momentous song was recorded that was so low in pitch that researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod, Massachusetts had to speed up the track to listen.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
DARPA

Aeroplanes are expensive, powerful, fancy targets. To protect their pilots and keep the investment in the planes safe, the United States Air Force has for decades pursued stealth technologies, designed at hiding planes from hostile sensors. Yet stealth, too, is expensive, and with the increased abilities of unmanned aircraft, in the future there doesn't have to be a pilot that needs protecting onboard every aircraft. With lots of cheap drones, for the first time in decades the Air Force could fill the skies with aircraft it isn't afraid to lose.

Amy Thompson
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
ESA-V.Crobu
Tech // 

We tend to think of space as the final frontier, full of new and exciting worlds to explore. As such, it's easy to forget there are still unexplored regions here, on our own planet. So it might seem strange to hear about a mission that sends astronauts deep underground in order to prepare them for future space travel.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Gaming // 

It was only a matter of time before Sir David Attenborough's soothing nature documentary voice lent itself to Pokémon Go.

Corey Mueller
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Arian Zwegers / Flicker

As if competing in the Olympics wasn't hard enough, athletes now have another thing to keep in mind as they hit the Rio waterways. When they lock in for their races, health experts urge them now to remember to keep their mouths closed.

Meaghan Lee Callaghan
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Seth Bynum / Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium / US Fish & Wildlife Service
Nature // 

Wild canines in North America have had a complicated, controversial history, and a new study published yesterday in Science Advances adds to the current controversy of the endangered status of American wolves.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
F8 2016

Facebook has the same number of users now as there were people alive just a century ago, which is a pretty impressive number of users for a dorm-room project after just a decade. And if you're the guy who did the project, you'd probably want to tout that.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016
Jordi Cucurull, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

For almost half a century, "jumbo jet" has meant one plane: Boeing's 747. The gigantic airliner, which first flew in 1969 and started carrying passengers in 1970, is an icon of the sky, ferrying hundreds of passengers between continents regularly since its introduction. But the venerable sky giant's reign may soon be at an end. In September, Boeing expects to cut production from one 747 a month to one made every two months. If demand continues to fall, the company says in a regulatory filing, “it is reasonably possible that we could decide to end production of the 747.”

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:24 AM Jul 29 2016

Adobe is partnering with Nvidia to take screen-based visual arts to the next level. Project Wetbrush is a proposed paint simulator that will mimic the texture, viscosity, and "bristle-level" interactions that you'd get from real paint on a real canvas.

 
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