Sophie Bushwick and Billy Cadden
at 12:22 PM Apr 13 2017
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For most of us, a dishwasher is a magical machine that transforms sauce-crusted plates into clean ones. But if you only use it for tableware, you're wasting this fantastic device. After all, a surprisingly wide range of items can safely sit through a cycle.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 11:22 AM Apr 7 2017
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A new study released earlier this week in the journal Nature Nanotechnology may be a major step towards making desalinated water—water in which salt is removed to make it safe for drinking—a viable option for more of the world. Researchers from the University of Manchester modified graphene oxide membranes, a type of selectively permeable membrane that allows some molecules to pass while keeping others behind, to let water through while trapping salt ions. It's essentially a molecular sieve.

Stack Commerce
at 12:07 PM Mar 22 2017
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In 2016, hacked security cameras and PVRs took down the web in the US. One major international bank lost $81 million to cyber criminals. In this climate, skilled hero hackers get paid handsomely to help companies find their weaknesses and stop malicious hackers in their tracks. The Ethical Hacking A to Z Bundle helps you build a lucrative security career with 45 hours of premium instruction, now just $39 at the Popular Science Shop.

Rob Verger
at 12:07 PM Mar 22 2017
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Congratulations! So, you've decided to become a better sweeper. Your timing couldn't be better—spring officially began this morning, which makes it a great time to get rid of those winter dust bunnies. And reading this article is your first step towards having cleaner floors. To find the scientifically best way to wield a broom, we spoke with two cleaning experts.

Marlene Cimons
at 10:00 AM Mar 15 2017
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Some day you may discover tomato peels and eggshells where the rubber meets the road. And the environment — not to mention your tyres — will be better for it.

Sophie Bushwick
at 10:48 AM Feb 7 2017
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This weekend, an anonymous passenger defaced a New York subway car with Nazi symbolism and scrawled hate speech, drawn in permanent marker. When other subway riders saw the marks, they erased the damage with a simple tool: hand sanitizer.

Kendra
at 11:27 AM Feb 1 2017
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  In music, you have scales. In Jiu Jitsu, it's drilling. Most of us just call it practice. Whatever you label it, many believe that greatness, heck even mere competency, requires training a skill well past proficiency. It's continuing to practice your free throw even after you've nailed every shot. It's playing through that song one more time even though you've made no mistakes. Scientists call this training past the point of improvement 'overlearning.' And a recent study in Nature Neuroscience suggests that it might improve performance by altering chemicals in the brain that “lock” in training.

 
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