Dan Moren
at 08:26 AM Mar 5 2015
Gadgets // 

If there is one thing that has driven humanity forward in the last several centuries of technological progress, one thing that we've striven for above all others, one thing to which we bring our ingenuity and prowess to bear upon with laser-like focus, it is ordering pizza.

Dan Moren
at 08:25 AM Mar 5 2015

Imagine you want to figure out how accurate something is. How would you go about it? Well, you might go to the library, find the relevant encyclopedia article, and read it. But let's be honest: in this day and age, you'll probably just type your question into Google.

Dan Moren
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015
Cars // 

James Bond may favor Aston Martins and Bentleys when he hits the road, but it turns out that Tesla Model S owners can channel a bit of the British superspy.

Loren Grush
at 09:41 AM Mar 3 2015
Science // 

Over the past 24 hours, Internet users have been locked in an intense, friendship-ending debate… over a dress. A horribly blown out image (seen below) shows a formal dress that is bright blue with black lace, yet thousands swear that they see the dress as white and gold (including many totally wrong members of the Popular Science staff). How can so many people be divided on the same picture? Fortunately, AsapSCIENCE, a weekly YouTube channel dedicated to answering the most perplexing questions about science, took on the challenge of explaining the phenomenon, in the very good video above. Their answer? A phenomenon called color constancy.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 08:20 AM Feb 27 2015
Science // 

Just how scary is the future? In a question posed on Twitter, the Science Friday radio show asked people to come up with #CrimeHeadlinesFrom2025. There were a lot of great responses, running the gamut from copyright law and clones to accidents involving driverless cars. The only problem? Some of the headlines are almost appropriate today. Here are three.

Francie Diep
at 13:28 PM Feb 24 2015
Science // 

You may judge a film by its heart, but for some folks, it's just about the cold, hard numbers.

Francie Diep
at 12:48 PM Feb 20 2015

Of course, that's a rough estimate. Depending on the lighting conditions, surface texture, and background color, people may be able to distinguish a few more or a few less shades. Note that the image at the top of this story is an optical illusion, in which the bar is actually one shade of gray. The graded background makes the bar appear to have different shades along its horizontal axis.

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