David Nield
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
David Nield/Popular Science
Mobile // 

As our phones have become more and more powerful, with bigger and bigger displays, the battery packs inside them have only just managed to keep pace. It's still not uncommon to be looking for a charger at the end of the day, no matter what make or model of phone you've got.

Eleanor Cummins
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
Wikipedia

When Deanne Rue Stephens's three children were born, the first thing she did was count her babies' fingernails. What she found made her heart sink—on all three sets of hands, mostly empty nail beds.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
Pexels
Nature // 

Fertilizers are responsible for almost 50 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions embodied in a loaf of bread according to a new study in Nature Plants. The results come from a life cycle analysis (LCA) conducted on one of the United Kingdom's largest bread producers by a team of researchers across disciplines ranging from operations research to plant science. An LCA quantifies the environmental impact of a given process—including its energy usage. It's a cradle-to-grave assessment of what an item truly costs the environment.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Francis Reddy
Science // 

Unlike modern Earth which one might argue resembles an apple with some nibbles taken out of it, early Earth may have had a far more uniform crust according to a new research letter in the journal Nature. If right, they will have upended decades worth of geological theory.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
Nature // 

In the past 20 years, thousands of wildfires have raged across the United States—and most of them are our fault.

Rachel Feltman
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
NASA, ESA, STScI-PRC14-41a

Most galaxies in the universe have at least one thing in common: supermassive black holes tend to sit in their centers, silently gorging on interstellar gas and dust and obliterating anything that comes within range of their event horizon. But scientists know very little about the origin of these behemoths or how they got to be so supermassive.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
Wikimedia Commons
Tech // 

Bots waging war for years on end, silently and endlessly arguing over tiny details on Wikipedia is, let's be honest, pretty funny. Automatons with vendettas against each other? Come on.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
Nature // 

Scientists may soon be able to bring extinct species back from the dead. We won't have woolly mammoths roaming around anytime soon, but the latest debates center not on whether we can resurrect species, but whether we should.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
SpaceX

SpaceX is already on track to make history by becoming the first private company to carry astronauts to the International Space Station in 2018. As if that wasn't ambitious enough, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced on Monday that the company is planning to send two private citizens into orbit around the moon a mere six months after carrying its first crew to the ISS.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
Marc St Gil / EPA
Energy // 

In 1970, Republican President Richard Nixon signed an executive order creating the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It was a time when pollution made many of our nation's rivers and streams unsafe for fishing or swimming. Back then, New York City's air pollution was so thick that you often couldn't see the city's iconic bridges. Forty-seven years later, there is serious talk of dismantling the agency, or at least slashing its size by two-thirds.

Kelsey Atherton
at 10:50 AM Feb 24 2017
DRI and Drone America
Drones // 

Dr. Adam Watts of the Desert Research Institute is standing by the side of the road near Donner Pass, shouting over the wind into his phone to talk about a recent test flight. “We built a robot that can fly itself and bring more water out of clouds,” he says, capturing the technological promise at hand in just a few words. Together with Nevada's Drone America, the team flew a cloud-seeding drone beyond the pilot's line of sight. It's the next step in a gradual and ambitious process, aimed at solving a decades-old problem: can the desert pull more water from the sky, and can it do so without injuring anyone along the way?

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:50 AM Feb 24 2017
Iida Loukola/QMUL
Nature // 

Here's the buzz: bees are brilliant. And not just because they are a vital part of our ecosystem. Bees are also very clever—and apparently capable of learning one of the fundamentals of football.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:50 AM Feb 24 2017
Billy Cadden/Popular Science
Gadgets // 

The phrase "reinventing the wheel" usually means someone is wasting time and effort trying to fix something that isn't broken. The same could be said for reinventing straws, which is something that McDonald's has half-jokingly tried to do with its new STRAW (Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal).

Rachel Feltman
at 10:50 AM Feb 24 2017
NASA
Space // 

Have you heard the good news? On Wednesday, scientists announced a fleet of new planets. And not just any old exoplanets: they unveiled a solar system seemingly jam-packed with Earth-sized worlds. Those seven probably-rocky bodies could be an excellent place to search for life. And the good folks at NASA have created a whole new website devoted to the TRAPPIST-1 system. There's a lot to unpack here.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 10:50 AM Feb 24 2017
Weibo

At the Dubai IDEX defense exposition, arms makers from around the world show off their latest wares. A notable debut at the recent 2017 show: a new, triple hulled Chinese warship design.

 
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