Australian Popular Science Newshttp://www.popsci.com.auLatest news from www.popsci.com.auSat, 26 May 2018 12:31:32 +100010Getting on a plane? Here's how they're inspected to keep you safeThis is what the FAA demands when it comes to ensuring the safety of commercial aircrafts.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/aerospace/getting-on-a-plane-heres-how-theyre-inspected-to-keep-you-safe,491516Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:36 +1000There's finally a drug that prevents migraines instead of just treating themThe FDA's approval shows we're getting closer to understanding these headacheshttp://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/theres-finally-a-drug-that-prevents-migraines-instead-of-just-treating-them,491515Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:35 +1000Boeing's new 777x planes have wings so wide they need to fold just to fit at the gateAviation can be such a drag.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/aerospace/boeings-new-777x-planes-have-wings-so-wide-they-need-to-fold-just-to-fit-at-the-gate,491514Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:35 +1000The biomechanics behind Michael Jackson's impossible dance movesSome neurosurgeon fans decided to investigate.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/the-biomechanics-behind-michael-jacksons-impossible-dance-moves,491513Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:34 +1000Best known for aliens and Elvis, this remote town is now at the vanguard of a global revolutionHow folks in rural Australia are pushing back against climate change.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/best-known-for-aliens-and-elvis-this-remote-town-is-now-at-the-vanguard-of-a-global-revolution,491512Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:34 +1000What are quantum dots, and why are we making them out of tea?They're everywhere and they can also treat cancer.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/what-are-quantum-dots-and-why-are-we-making-them-out-of-tea,491511Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:33 +1000The elusive Planet Nine might be behind this asteroid's bizarre orbitSomething's got the Kuiper belt's rocks off, and there's a scramble to find it.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/the-elusive-planet-nine-might-be-behind-this-asteroids-bizarre-orbit,491510Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:33 +1000Lightning strikes seen from spaceNOAA's GOES-17 satellite is ready for action.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/lightning-strikes-seen-from-space,491509Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:32 +1000NASA is about to create the coldest spot in the known universeThe Cold Atom Laboratory launched this morninghttp://www.popsci.com.au/science/nasa-is-about-to-create-the-coldest-spot-in-the-known-universe,491508Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:31 +1000Thunder fever sounds fake, but it's a real danger to asthma sufferersWhen spring and summer storms strike, asthma attacks can get worse.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/thunder-fever-sounds-fake-but-its-a-real-danger-to-asthma-sufferers,491507Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:29 +1000Scientists taught a spider how to jump so they can one day do the same for robotsKim the spider has a thing or two to teach us.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/scientists-taught-a-spider-how-to-jump-so-they-can-one-day-do-the-same-for-robots,490574Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:06 +1000The Kilauea volcano is 'speaking in a code' we don't yet understandHawaii's latest eruption has much to teach us about hazard mitigation, volcanology, and even outer space.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/the-kilauea-volcano-is-speaking-in-a-code-we-dont-yet-understand,490573Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:06 +1000These sea creatures create magnificent mucus nets to catch their foodScientists think these critters deserve their own category in recognition of this strange feeding method.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/these-sea-creatures-create-magnificent-mucus-nets-to-catch-their-food,490572Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:05 +1000Does taking allergy meds make my allergies worse?And other answers to the allergy questions you're too afraid to ask.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/does-taking-allergy-meds-make-my-allergies-worse,490571Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:05 +1000Russian cuckoos are taking over AlaskaThanks to climate change, these crybaby parasites are heading to North America.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/russian-cuckoos-are-taking-over-alaska,490570Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:04 +1000Drones, AI, and smart meetings at the beginning of the Microsoft Build conferenceWhat you need to know about the company's developers' event.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/drones-ai-and-smart-meetings-at-the-beginning-of-the-microsoft-build-conference,490569Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:04 +1000What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared?Life as we know it probably wouldn't exist.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/what-would-happen-if-the-moon-suddenly-disappeared,490568Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:03 +1000These plants are napping their way through climate changeSome species are hitting snooze on flowering season to cope with the stresses of a warming planet.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/these-plants-are-napping-their-way-through-climate-change,490567Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:03 +1000You should buy an instant film camera—here's howInstant prints make smart phone photography seem boring.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/you-should-buy-an-instant-film-camera8212heres-how,490566Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:03 +1000A few simple habits can tack some extra years on your lifespanYou can do more for your health. And it's not that hard.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/a-few-simple-habits-can-tack-some-extra-years-on-your-lifespan,490565Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:02 +1000We could move to another planet with a spaceship like thisOur best guess for what it would take to get to planets that are really, really far away.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/space-travel/we-could-move-to-another-planet-with-a-spaceship-like-this,490564Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:02 +1000Yes, Earth's magnetic poles can flip. But they probably won't anytime soon.Earth is kind of overdue to see its magnetic field pull a 180 and reverse on itself. Certainly a lot of people are expecting this to happen any day now. But according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the magnetic field might be feeling a bit shaky, but it's not going to flip-flop any time soon.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/yes-earths-magnetic-poles-can-flip-but-they-probably-wont-anytime-soon,490058Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:10 +1000Water droplets dance across a surface using electricityCool things happen when you control water with a computer.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/water-droplets-dance-across-a-surface-using-electricity,490057Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:10 +1000New eco-friendly microbeads could save oceans, rather than destroy themResearchers are working on designs to help sop up pollutants.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/new-ecofriendly-microbeads-could-save-oceans-rather-than-destroy-them,490056Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:10 +1000You're almost certainly using the word 'allergies' wrongMillions of people suffer from allergies. Their suffering can take many forms, from the seasonal snifflers who track the ups and downs of the pollen count like the stock market, to food allergy sufferers who must guard against peanuts or eggs or strawberries year round. http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/youre-almost-certainly-using-the-word-allergies-wrong,490055Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:09 +1000Everything you need to know from Facebook's 2018 F8 developer conferenceMark Zuckerberg takes the stage to talk about Facebook's post-Cambridge Analytica future.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/computing/everything-you-need-to-know-from-facebooks-2018-f8-developer-conference,490054Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:09 +1000Inside the high-tech, last-ditch effort to save the northern white rhinoAn animal fertility expert takes on a particularly tricky patient.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/inside-the-hightech-lastditch-effort-to-save-the-northern-white-rhino,490053Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:08 +1000A pet's death can hurt more than losing a fellow humanSocial norms are wrecking your grief experience.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/a-pets-death-can-hurt-more-than-losing-a-fellow-human,490052Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:08 +1000NASA's next mission will give us InSight into Mars' interiorInSight is blasting off this week.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/nasas-next-mission-will-give-us-insight-into-mars-interior,490051Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:07 +1000A healthy reef is alive with music, but the chorus fades as the coral dies.It's bad news for fish when their homes go quiet.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/a-healthy-reef-is-alive-with-music-but-the-chorus-fades-as-the-coral-dies,490050Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:06 +1000We're finally understanding why exercise is great for your heartAnother reason you should make yourself a frequent gym visitorhttp://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/fitness/were-finally-understanding-why-exercise-is-great-for-your-heart,490049Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:06 +1000Last week in tech: See the world through rose-colored SpectaclesSnapchat's latest face-wear, Amazon delivers to your car, and the latest episode of the podcast.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/last-week-in-tech-see-the-world-through-rosecolored-spectacles,490048Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:06 +1000This butterfly's transparent wings could one day save people's visionSee it with butterfly wings.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/this-butterflys-transparent-wings-could-one-day-save-peoples-vision,490047Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:05 +1000And now, a ship that can mine 39,000 tons of ore from a mile under waterThere are giant robots involved.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/industrial-robots/and-now-a-ship-that-can-mine-39000-tons-of-ore-from-a-mile-under-water,490046Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:03 +1000Pregnant women get a lot of grief for the unhealthy habits we all shareHealth concerns while carrying a baby shouldn't be much different from the rest of your life.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/pregnant-women-get-a-lot-of-grief-for-the-unhealthy-habits-we-all-share,490045Wed, 2 May 2018 08:49:03 +1000Feel like the seasons are all out of whack? You can help scientists prove it.Weekend warriors are tracking the early emergence of the northern spring.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/feel-like-the-seasons-are-all-out-of-whack-you-can-help-scientists-prove-it,489786Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:44 +1000Human thigh bones apparently make excellent weapons in close combatAncient daggers carved from femurs were pretty fierce.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/human-thigh-bones-apparently-make-excellent-weapons-in-close-combat,489785Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:44 +1000Future offshore drilling could wreak havoc on deep sea ecosystemsEvery step of the drilling process can cause harm to the delicate ocean environmenthttp://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/future-offshore-drilling-could-wreak-havoc-on-deep-sea-ecosystems,489784Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:44 +1000Here's why you've been getting so many privacy policy and terms of service updates latelyThank Europe's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) for the recent assault on your inbox.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/heres-why-youve-been-getting-so-many-privacy-policy-and-terms-of-service-updates-lately,489783Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:43 +1000Researchers think 9/11 gave first responders cancer—but proving it will be nearly impossibleNew York City's fire department has assembled one of the largest firefighter research populations in the world.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/researchers-think-911-gave-first-responders-cancer8212but-proving-it-will-be-nearly-impossible,489782Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:43 +1000If you grow a brain in a lab, will it have a mind of its own?As our ability to create organs expands, ethical questions come into play.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/if-you-grow-a-brain-in-a-lab-will-it-have-a-mind-of-its-own,489781Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:42 +1000Scientists literally brought out the big gun to study the origins of waterWater is everywhere on our planet. If it's not crashing against the shore, it's pounding on the roof, or dripping from the faucet, or pooling right in that spot where you just stepped. But how did all that water get here?http://www.popsci.com.au/science/scientists-literally-brought-out-the-big-gun-to-study-the-origins-of-water,489780Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:42 +1000Good job: Arctic sea ice is full of our junk plasticScientists now have a better idea of just how much microplastic reaches the Arctic. It's a lot.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/good-job-arctic-sea-ice-is-full-of-our-junk-plastic,489779Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:42 +1000We have too many jellyfish, so scientists want to cover them in chocolateFrom face cream to fertilizers, all sorts of products are under development to make use of soaring jellyfish populations.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/we-have-too-many-jellyfish-so-scientists-want-to-cover-them-in-chocolate,489778Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:42 +1000A sting-free guide to becoming a DIY beekeeperFor most of the United States, spring has finally sprung. But it didn't get here on its own. Everyone's favorite season arrived, in part, on the fuzzy, pollen-caked back of a humble bee. http://www.popsci.com.au/make/projects/a-stingfree-guide-to-becoming-a-diy-beekeeper,489777Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:42 +1000Scientists just discovered a strange new DNA shape lurking in human cellsBut what does it do?http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/scientists-just-discovered-a-strange-new-dna-shape-lurking-in-human-cells,489776Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:41 +1000Is Masdar City a ghost town or a green lab?Tour Abu Dhabi's ambitious, and incomplete, eco-utopia.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/is-masdar-city-a-ghost-town-or-a-green-lab,489775Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:18:40 +1000Humans may have a surprising evolutionary advantage: Expressive eyebrowsScientists still aren't sure why early humans had such weird skulls—or why we don't.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/humans-may-have-a-surprising-evolutionary-advantage-expressive-eyebrows,488651Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:05:06 +1000A new study on whales suggests Darwin didn't quite get it rightEvolution is too complicated to plot out like a family tree.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/a-new-study-on-whales-suggests-darwin-didnt-quite-get-it-right,488650Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:05:06 +1000Last week in tech: Your simple guide to becoming a 'power user of the internet'Facebook's continuing drama, the fanciest Chromebook around, and more.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/last-week-in-tech-your-simple-guide-to-becoming-a-power-user-of-the-internet,488649Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:05:06 +1000