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 GrowHang 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 EmotionalWe 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?Joining the ranks of pigeons and spiders, cockroaches are the latest animal of questionable merit to get milked in the name of science. More >
Graham Has IssuesThere'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 >
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.