China's Plan for Global WarmingPresident Xi Jinping of China announced today during a visit to the White House that China will start a national cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. More >
SpaceX Test-Fires its Upgraded Falcon 9SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which has launched satellites into orbit and carried cargo to the International Space Station and back again on multiple occasions, is getting a serious upgrade. It's ... More >
How to Build a Quantum TeleportTeleportation isn't real, at least not as it's depicted in fiction. No one has ever made a material object -- be it Harry Potter or Captain Kirk -- physically disappear from one location and ... More >
Your Seafood Might Contain Tiny Plastic ParticlesWhat goes around comes around, and that might be bad news for seafood lovers. We already know that eating fish comes with risks of ingesting metals like mercury and lead, or pesticides like DDT. A ... More >
The Army Wants To Enlist Robot MedicsThis is an understatement: Battlefields are unsafe. For troops wounded in combat, they need to get out of battle fast and to medical care. Historically that's been the role of human medics, who ... More >
More patients are receiving genetic tests for mental illness to help their doctors identify which medications will be most effective. But the tests may not be all they're cracked up to be; an investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, published yesterday in the Boston Globe, found questionable evidence and rife conflicts of interest in an industry unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The result, as one researcher wrote in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year, are “claims [that] are not harmless and may be quite dangerous.”
Until now, Facebook's mission to beam internet connectivity to the world through its Internet.org philanthropic organization has been largely limited to piggy-backing on existing wireless networks on the ground. Sure, Facebook has tested Aquila, its experimental laser internet drone. But a huge announcement today by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg marks the first real piece of hardware that will bring internet to previously unconnected regions: a new satellite. That's right, Facebook is going to space.
Scientists have long sought ways to stop animal populations from growing too large, but current methods are often expensive or labor-intensive. Now a team of researchers from the California Institute of Technology has discovered a method that could render animals sterile with a single injection, according to a study published today in Current Biology.
When driving on Germany's notorious ultra-fast Autobahn, you generally hope that the other drivers have their hands firmly on the wheel. But last Friday, there was at least one giant freight truck on the Autobahn whose driver took a more hands-off approach, allowing the truck itself to take a turn at the wheel. And everything went just fine.
The Apollo spacecraft came in two livable parts, but they were small. The command module was the gumdrop-shaped vehicle that was the crew's main living quarters. 10 feet 7 inches from base to apex and 12 feet 10 inches around at the base, the 210 cubic feet of livable space was crammed with three couches and all the instrumentation and display panels the crew would need to manage the entire lunar mission. This was the vehicle the astronauts launched in and the one fitted with a heat shield that would keep them safe during their fiery return through the Earth's atmosphere. It was their home away from home in space.
This in morning in Stockholm, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Kungl Vetenskaps Akademien) awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics to Canadian physicist Arthur B. McDonald and Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita, “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.” The two scientists will split the nearly $1 million USD (8 million Swedish Krona) prize.
Earlier this year, Breakout Labs, the subsidiary organization created by PayPal co-and billionaire-investor Peter Thiel, announced a few select biotechnology startups that would receiving funding to further their ideas. Breakout Labs' mission is to invest in companies that are looking to make "radical scientific advances" mainstream, essentially boosting the best underfunded inventions to the tune of up to $350,000 (plus consultation help from Breakout Labs).
Microsoft introduced its newest version of the Microsoft Band wearable at the company's Windows 10 press event in New York City today. In addition to revealing the HoloLens developer price and release window, the new Band—not called Band 2, as was previously rumored— brings barometer features to enable elevation tracking and a curved screen.
At the beginning of 2015, Microsoft showed off the HoloLens, an ambitious headset that displays digital images over the world around you, using a technology commonly referred to as augmented reality. Today at a big press event in New York City, the company announced that HoloLens will be available in the first quarter of 2016 starting at a price of $3,000 — but only for software developers.
Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 4 at its Windows 10 event today, building on its line of hybrid computers aimed to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets. The new device has a 12.3-inch screen, with 267 pixels per inch. Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 4 is 30 percent faster than the Pro 3, and 50 percent faster than the Macbook Air. It is also thinner than the Pro 3, at 8.4 mm.
The Martian is easily one of the best sci-fi films out there, and part of what makes it so incredible was the intense attention to detail. The story has a pedigree of accuracy, as Andy Weir, author of the book that the movie was based on, took a lot of care in getting the science right. Even though both film and book are completely fictitious, a lot of the science is real, including the setting.
My, how Instagram has grown. Launched five years ago today, the photo- and video-sharing platform has quickly become one of the world's top ten social media sites, after giants like its parent company, Facebook, as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Valued at a whopping $35 billion, the platform has 400 million monthly active users who share 80 million photos and generate 3.5 billion likes each day. In honor of Instagram's big five, we've gathered five of our favorite posts from Popular Science's Instagram: