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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 >
G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Cars // 

Tesla took Ludicrous Mode to new heights today. Some subtle wiring changes and a major battery upgrade improved mileage and gave the Model S enough oomph to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds—within fractions of seconds of Ferrari and Porsche models.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
YouTube
Science // 

Blemished food may be a stigma we should erase. Marks on produce scare shoppers into health concerns, but a lot of food may be harmless, and wasted for aesthetic reasons.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
YouTube
Science // 

Would you fall through the world if there was a giant hole, or just die in the center? That's a question Life Noggin took on for Youtube.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Xavier Harding
Gaming // 

Pokémon Go is having a rough time with the long-haul game plan. After setting plenty of records and monopolizing the news in July, the game has lost some 15 million regular users.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Amazon
Drones // 

Flying machines are hard secrets to keep. By their very nature, they soar into the heavens, above the heads of those below. America's military tends to keep its secret planes secret by only flying them in vast swathes of empty desert, until they're ready for public debut.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
NOAA
Nature // 

As US President Obama prepares to tour the areas of Louisiana and get a close-up look at the communities hit hard by last week's flooding, NOAA released aerial imagery of the flood, offering a broader perspective.

Brittany Vincent
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Niantic
Gaming // 

Pokemon Go is still massively popular with mobile gaming savants, and developer Niantic remains on top of things by continuing to roll out new updates to keep things fresh. But up until now the Team Leaders, appointed to each team, haven't seemed to serve any real purpose beyond letting me rep a special team by slapping a sticker on the back of my car or sporting a T-shirt with their logo emblazoned on it. Niantic is changing this, as the Team Leaders will now be tasked with evaluating which one of your Pokemon is prime for training with special items called Candy and Stardust earned in-game.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Screenshot

Microsoft has acquired 2-year-old scheduling startup Genee, and will kill the service and integrate its functionality into Office 365 next week. As part of the Office suite, it could be the missing link among all the pieces.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Screenshot by author, from YouTube
Robots // 

Mosul wasn't supposed to fall again. The city in Northern Iraq saw intense fighting between American forces and Saddam Hussein's sons in 2003, and in 2008 saw major campaign by American troops against insurgent forces.

Coby McDonald
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Bettinger Lab

Imagine taking a pill that includes an ingestible sensor that takes measurements and sends information wirelessly to your doctor, or a pill that senses changes in your gut microbiome and adjusts its dose accordingly. Ingestible medical devices promise such applications, and many more, but a big challenge is making their power sources safe for our bodies.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Boeing

Black metal faintly lit against a dark backdrop gives just the slightest hint of an airplane. The glimpses are parts of a teaser trailer for the Boeing and Saab designed T-X, their entry into a trainer jet competition for the Air Force. If the video is slowed down just enough, it's possible to see just the tip of the plane:

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
NASA/STEREO
Space // 

After nearly two years, NASA has re-established contact with the other partner of a two-craft mission to study the sun.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Nick Hobgood (Nhobgood on Wikimedia Commons)
Nature // 

A fisherman from the Philippines discovered a giant pearl a decade ago, and kept it under his bed as a good luck charm until this year. Now some estimates put its value at as much as $100 million.

Kate Baggaley
at 11:53 AM Aug 23 2016
Balla et al. (2016)
Nature // 

Certain parasitic fungi fuse together their host's cells in order to multiply, scientists reported today in Nature Microbiology.

Samantha Cole
at 11:53 AM Aug 23 2016
Wikimedia Commons

For the first time, scientists viewed brain neurotransmitters moving and firing in real-time, shedding light on how our mental circuitry works.

 
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