Australian Popular Science Newshttp://www.popsci.com.auLatest news from www.popsci.com.auThu, 5 Mar 2015 21:21:55 +100010Your DNA Can Now Be Used Against You In Court Without Your ConsentIn 2009, a Maryland county court convicted Glenn Raynor of rape, the verdict hinging on a key piece of evidence: Raynor's DNA samples. However, Raynor didn't give his DNA willingly. After he consistently refused to provide any samples to the police, officers snagged a few samples of Raynor's sweat from a chair he had been sitting in during an interrogation session. The DNA matched DNA found at the crime scene, and the prosecution built their case around that fact, leading to a 100-year prison sentence.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/your-dna-can-now-be-used-against-you-in-court-without-your-consent,401266Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:26:18 +1000FREAK: Today, Web Users Feel The Impact Of '90s Regulators' StupidityThe latest security vulnerability to make the rounds, <a href="https://freakattack.com/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">aptly dubbed FREAK</a>, shines a spotlight on why it's maybe not such a great idea to weaken the technology behind the security that we all rely on. Turns out that we're still paying for the mistakes of the 1990s--and I don't mean acid-washed jeans.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/computing/freak-today-web-users-feel-the-impact-of-90s-regulators-stupidity,401265Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:26:15 +1000Cyborg Cockroaches Now More Reliable Than EverDesigning an inch-long robot is tricky: there are lots of small moving parts, and it's hard to get a tiny enough battery that can still power the entire system. Instead of designing a whole new robot body, scientists at Texas A&amp;M University instead hijacked an existing, efficient form: cockroaches. Using an implant that plugs into the roach's nervous system, they were able to steer the cockroach in the correct direction 60 percent of the time.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/cyborg-cockroaches-now-more-reliable-than-ever,401264Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:26:12 +1000Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows Engineered In ChinaThink tuberculosis (TB), and you might think of a tragic heroine wasting away, droplets of blood on her handkerchief like <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2001/06/whats_consumption_and_why_did_it_kill_nicole_kidman.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Satine</a> in <em>Moulin Rouge!</em> or Mimi in <a href="http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a2587?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication"><em>La Boh&#232;me</em></a>. But when farmers hear TB, they think cows.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/tuberculosisresistant-cows-engineered-in-china,401263Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:26:09 +1000Newly Discovered Hormone Simulates Exercise In MiceEveryone knows the age-old tactics for losing weight: eat better, eat less, and exercise more. But researchers at the University of Southern California may have found a way to sidestep that simple-sounding advice. Mice injected with a newly discovered hormone called MOTS-c gained less weight and were better able to regulate blood sugar, the same benefits they would have received if they had been exercising.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/newly-discovered-hormone-simulates-exercise-in-mice,401262Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:26:06 +10005 Unnecessarily High-Tech Ways To Order A PizzaIf 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.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/5-unnecessarily-hightech-ways-to-order-a-pizza,401261Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:26:04 +1000Sandisk's 200GB MicroSD Card Will Turn Android Phones Into Portable Hard DrivesLet's face it: Storage devices aren't exactly the most exciting pieces of hardware. They either work or they don't. And when they don't work, they can cause major headaches. For the last decade, SanDisk has prevented those type of headaches by providing some of the most reliable storage devices on the market. Now it's going a step further by providing the highest capacity microSD card in the world.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/mobile/sandisks-200gb-microsd-card-will-turn-android-phones-into-portable-hard-drives,401260Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:59 +1000Drone Films Snowy Russian Airplane MuseumIn another timeline, these silver jets glistening in the snow would be radioactive wrecks, doomed participants in an apocalyptic war. Instead, these retired Soviet jets wait as museum pieces on the grounds outside Russia's Central Air Force Museum in Moscow. There's an American counterpart in the <a href="http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-02/worlds-largest-airplane-graveyard-high-resolution-now-google-maps?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">desert outside Tuscon</a>, full of former Cold Warriors cooking out in the sun, and there are <a href="http://jalopnik.com/the-ten-most-unbelievable-airplane-junkyards-in-the-wor-1464369226?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">others in Russia itself</a>. Still, this one provides a nice footnote to the history of 1950s MiG fighters and abandoned supersonic bombers: The museum was recently filmed by drone, a robotic eye from a remote control vehicle capturing the stillness of history.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/drone-films-snowy-russian-airplane-museum,401259Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:56 +1000Google's Knowledge Vault Helps Rank Sites By AccuracyImagine 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.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/computing/googles-knowledge-vault-helps-rank-sites-by-accuracy,401258Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:54 +1000Injectable Enzyme Stops Wounds From BleedingTraumatic injuries, like falls or car crashes, can cause the victim to lose a lot of blood very quickly. The result is thousands of preventable deaths per year, especially among Americans under age 44, for whom injury is the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/injury/overview/data.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">leading cause of death</a>. Researchers at the University of Washington have developed an injectable material that can help blood clot faster and more effectively, plugging up the wound to stop the bleeding. The <a href="http://stm.sciencemag.org/lookup/doi/10.1126/scitranslmed.3010383?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">study</a> was published today in the journal <em>Science Translational Medicine</em>.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/injectable-enzyme-stops-wounds-from-bleeding,401257Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:51 +1000America's First Offshore Wind Farm Might Spin Up In 2016Offshore wind farms in the United States are the new flying car. We keep saying that it's <a href="http://www.popsci.com/wind-power-moves-offshore?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">just around the corner</a> but somehow practical results never manifest. Europe has <a href="http://www.ewea.org/statistics/offshore-statistics/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">2,488 offshore wind turbines</a> up and running, with 408 installed in the last year; this nation has a grand total of zero. (U-S-A! U-S-... ah, forget it.) However, a plucky new company could soon change that.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/energy/americas-first-offshore-wind-farm-might-spin-up-in-2016,401256Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:49 +1000Smart Necklace Analyzes What Goes Down Your ThroatA new smart necklace aims to rid us of our eating sins by automatically guessing the portions and contents of our meals. The device is called WearSens, and it was developed by UCLA engineers to provide more accountability over what we devour.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/smart-necklace-analyzes-what-goes-down-your-throat,401255Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:45 +1000Control Your Smartphone With Stickers On Your SkinFumbling for a cell phone that rang during a meeting can be pretty embarrassing, and tapping out an email on a smartwatch is always a frustrating experience. To make mobile devices even simpler to control, a team of German and American computer scientists has created a patch called the iSkin that turns your epidermis into a digital interface. Just place the patch on your preferred body part, and with a few simple taps, you can answer calls, raise or lower music volume, or type on a bigger smartwatch keyboard without having to grope for the phone in your pocket or bag.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/mobile/control-your-smartphone-with-stickers-on-your-skin,401254Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:41 +1000Vienna Is Going To Build A 25-Story Skyscraper Out Of WoodNext year in Vienna, architects will start working on a 275-foot-tall building made almost entirely out of wood. <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/mar/01/vienna-plans-worlds-tallest-wooden-skyscraper?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication"><em>The Guardian</em> reports</a> that the approximately 25-story building will cost 60 million Euros ($67 million) and will save 2,800 tons of carbon emissions compared to building a similar structure made of concrete.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/vienna-is-going-to-build-a-25story-skyscraper-out-of-wood,401213Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:39 +1000The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Offers Super-Quick Charging and Beautiful DisplayBefore this week's Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) in Barcelona, Samsung had its back against the wall. The company <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/07/samsung-slump-smartphone-blackberry-nokia?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">reported slumping sales</a> of its flagship smartphone , and many believed its dominance in the smartphone world was coming to an end. But after Samsung's latest smartphone release it's clear that there are plenty of innovative ideas coming from the company.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/mobile/the-samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-offers-superquick-charging-and-beautiful-display,401212Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:37 +1000Watch A Homemade TIE Fighter Drone Fly Last time we saw the handiwork of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7dLZs5jMR1DLFT8V5fWnsQ?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">hobbyist YouTuber Olivier C</a>, he was smuggling for the Rebel Alliance with a custom-built <a href="http://www.popsci.com/hobbyist-turns-drone-millenium-falcon?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Millennium Falcon</a> body for his drone. Now, it appears Olivier has turned over to the Dark Side, as he's built a custom-made TIE Interceptor body for a drone.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/watch-a-homemade-tie-fighter-drone-fly-,401211Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:33 +1000Plague-Associated Fleas Found On New York City RatsWhat could possibly be worse than the skittering impression left by a New York City rat after it runs across your foot? The knowledge that the rodent could be carrying disease-ridden fleas.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/plagueassociated-fleas-found-on-new-york-city-rats,401210Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:30 +1000Google Cameras Go Zip-lining Through The Amazon RainforestGoogle likes taking their cameras to strange places, letting people <a href="http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2015/02/greenlandic-fjords-and-viking-ruins.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">explore viking ruins</a> or <a href="http://www.popsci.com/walk-under-aurora-google-maps?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">walk under the aurora</a> all from the comfort of their computers. Google also has a long history with <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/traveling-by-zip-line.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">zip lines</a>; back in 2008, some employees at the company decided to build a zip line as a shortcut to get to lunch. (The city of Mountain View asked them to take it down.)http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/google-cameras-go-ziplining-through-the-amazon-rainforest,401209Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:24 +1000Seeing Inside The 'Guts' Of A VirusEven though <a href="http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-10/ocean-explorers-find-enormous-virus-20-times-bigger-average-bug?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">mimiviruses</a> are some of the largest viruses we know of, they measure only <a href="http://www.nano.gov/nanotech-101/what/nano-size?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">one tenth the width of a human hair</a> at their largest. Understanding the structure of something so small is not an easy task, so researchers have been working to find different ways to look inside it. In a <a href="http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.098102?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">paper</a> published today in <em>Physical Review Letters</em>, researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden used a new technique to make a 3D reconstruction of the large virus out of almost 200 x-ray snapshots.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/aerospace/seeing-inside-the-guts-of-a-virus,401208Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:21 +1000Tesla Model S Comes With Secret James Bond HomageJames 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.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/cars/tesla-model-s-comes-with-secret-james-bond-homage,401207Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:18 +1000 How To Make A Laser-Sighted Blowgun For Only $3Blowguns are profoundly simple weapons. A tube for darts, powered by the shooter's lungs, is enough to guide silent projectiles swiftly through the air, embedding a narrow point in wood, concrete or whatever else is on the receiving end.http://www.popsci.com.au/make/projects/-how-to-make-a-lasersighted-blowgun-for-only-3,401206Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:15 +1000Putting Sensors In Bridges And Tunnels Could Make Their Walls TalkTrying to get a building to tell you how it's feeling is, well, like talking to a brick wall. But it doesn't have to be that way. Researchers with the GENESI project want to make it so walls can talk back, by creating various sensors to fit inside buildings, tunnels, and bridges. With the feedback collected from these sensors, inspectors will have a better understanding of how a city's infrastructure is holding uphttp://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/putting-sensors-in-bridges-and-tunnels-could-make-their-walls-talk,401205Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:13 +1000The Blackphone 2 Is An Ultra-Secure Smartphone Made For Secret AgentsThere's nothing worse than getting hacked. Ask anyone at Sony, which lost an estimated <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/09/us-sony-cybersecurity-costs-idUSKBN0JN2L020141209?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">$100 million</a> in the malicious hacks committed against the company last year. Silent Circle, a company founded by <a href="http://www.philzimmermann.com/EN/background/index.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Internet security legend Phil Zimmerman</a>, wants to bring those type of hacks to a halt. The company's solution: An end-to-end service that starts with an ultra secure smartphone called the Blackphone 2.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/the-blackphone-2-is-an-ultrasecure-smartphone-made-for-secret-agents,401204Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:11 +1000Where Does Volcano Lightning Come From?Earlier this morning the Villarrica volcano <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTWfxOxuIGA&amp;t=112&amp;v=LTWfxOxuIGA&amp;t=112">erupted</a> in Chile, forcing thousands of residents and tourists to flee from the city of Puc&#243;n. Images of the eruption show a <a href="http://www.wired.com/2015/03/impressive-lava-fountain-villarrica-erupts-chile/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">towering lava fountain</a> glowing against the dark backdrop of the pre-dawn sky. One image, distributed by the <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a9c0bb14a12545dc8fc69940a4fd56b2/volcano-southern-chile-erupts-thousands-evacuated?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Associated Press</a> shows something even stranger: lightning, arcing through the cloud of ash.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/where-does-volcano-lightning-come-from,401203Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:06 +1000This Small Robot Boat Can Patrol MegayachtsFrom a distance, the Hydra looks like a jet ski that's lost its rider. The result of a partnership between <a href="http://alseermarine.ae/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Al Seer Marine</a> and <a href="http://www.5gmarine.com/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">5G International</a>, the Hydra is an unmanned surface vessel (USV) or, in common parlance, a sea drone. The vehicle debuted at the International Defense Exposition in Abu Dhabi and completed its <a href="http://www.janes.com/article/49444/idex-2015-hydra-undertakes-first-sea-trials?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">first sea trials</a>.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/this-small-robot-boat-can-patrol-megayachts,401153Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:41:42 +1000Scientists Observe Temperatures Warming In Response To Increased Carbon DioxideGreenhouse gas emissions, particularly those from carbon dioxide, are <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29115845?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">on the rise</a>. They have been for a while, to the alarm of governments, activist groups, and just about anyone vaguely concerned with environmental issues around the world. Greenhouse gases get their name because they have properties that make them act like glass in a greenhouse, keeping energy from the sun concentrated in our atmosphere, causing temperatures to rise. But until now, that particular effect hadn't been observed and documented in the scientific literature. Now, it has.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/scientists-observe-temperatures-warming-in-response-to-increased-carbon-dioxide,401152Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:41:39 +1000New 5-Mile-Around Hyperloop Test Track Will Cost $100 MillionTwo years ago, <a href="http://www.popsci.com/our-savior-supervillain?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Elon Musk</a> had an idea. What if, instead of traveling by road, rail, air, or boat, we all travelled in giant tubes that could move pods of people at up to 800 miles per hour? He called the idea the <a href="http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-08/elon-musks-hyperloop?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Hyperloop</a> and released his idea to the world hoping that someone else would do the building part, while he worked on other massive projects like Tesla and SpaceX.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/deep-future/new-5milearound-hyperloop-test-track-will-cost-100-million,401151Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:41:33 +1000No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible By 2017If you believe Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero, the first human head transplants are just around the corner. Canavero, from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530103.700-first-human-head-transplant-could-happen-in-two-years.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">claims</a> that surgeons will be able to transplant the head of one patient onto a completely different body by 2017. Canavero outlined his ideas on what the procedure could look like <a href="http://surgicalneurologyint.com/article.asp?issn=2152-7806;year=2015;volume=6;issue=1;spage=18;epage=18;aulast=Canavero;type=3&amp;issn=2152-7806%3Byear%3D2015%3Bvolume%3D6%3Bissue%3D1%3Bspage%3D18%3Bepage%3D18%3Baulast%3DCanavero%3Btype%3D3">in a recent publication</a>. He plans to announce the project at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons in June.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/military/no-human-head-transplants-will-not-be-possible-by-2017,401150Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:41:28 +1000This Is One Seriously Big Wels CatfishFishermen are known for their tall tales of big catches. Turns out, this one has a lot of truth to it: <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/25/europe/italy-giant-catfish/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Italian fisherman Dino Ferrari</a> caught this monstrous 280-pound catfish on the Po River.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/this-is-one-seriously-big-wels-catfish,401149Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:41:23 +1000Drones Mapped This Giant Volcano, And The 3D Rending Is AwesomeVolcanoes are cool, but it's hard to get close to them sometimes because they are literally made out of hot lava. Drones, with their ability to carry a camera, fly into places humans shouldn't go, and not feel pain, are a great alternative for exploring the molten floor of a crater. Humans have flown drones into <a href="http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/nasa-launches-three-military-drones-active-volcano?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">volcano smoke plumes</a>, sent a rolling robot <a href="http://www.popsci.com/nasa-develops-robot-explore-volcanos?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">into volcanic fissures</a>, and casually piloted quadcopters <a href="http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/week-drones-flying-volcano-delivering-drugs-and-more?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">over lava flows</a> and <a href="http://volcanofiles.com/2013/02/12/quadcopters-at-villarrica/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">around craters</a>.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/drones-mapped-this-giant-volcano-and-the-3d-rending-is-awesome,401148Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:41:19 +1000The Science Of Why No One Can Agree On The Color Of That DressOver the past 24 hours, Internet users have been locked in an intense, friendship-ending debate&#8230; 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 <em>Popular Science</em> staff). How can so many people be divided on the same picture? Fortunately, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/AsapSCIENCE/about?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">AsapSCIENCE</a>, 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.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/the-science-of-why-no-one-can-agree-on-the-color-of-that-dress,401147Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:41:16 +1000Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83<em>Sad news today: Leonard Nimoy <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">has passed away</a> at the age of 83. Nimoy was many things&#8212;an actor, a poet, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&amp;v=AGF5ROpjRAU&amp;feature=player_detailpage&amp;v=AGF5ROpjRAU">a singer of hobbit songs</a>, and someone who <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/leonoraepstein/spocks-advice-to-a-teenage-girl-will-make-you-cry?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">understood what it was like to be alienated</a>. At</em> Popular Science, <em>we, like many others, will remember him best as the science officer in</em> Star Trek. <em>In <a href="http://www.popsci.com/archive-viewer?id=ASoDAAAAMBAJ&amp;pg=73&amp;id=ASoDAAAAMBAJ&amp;pg=73">1967</a>, we expounded upon why the show was the &#8220;first good television science fiction.&#8221; You can read the full article below. To the man who helped transform sci-fi we say, Go in peace.</em>http://www.popsci.com.au/science/star-treks-leonard-nimoy-dies-at-83,401146Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:41:14 +1000From The Archives: Designing Products For AliensIn the October 1952 issue of <em>Popular Science</em>, we wrote about the fascinating, but strange, project spearheaded by 20 MIT students. They were tasked with designing new products to export to the Methanians. Before you go looking up what tiny country Methanians might call home, know that you aren't <em>that</em> geographically ignorant. The Methanians were a breed of aliens thought up by <a href="http://historicalsociety.stanford.edu/pdfmem/ArnoldJ.pdf?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">John E. Arnold</a>, a mechanical engineering professor at MIT. Supposedly, they live on the fictional fourth planet of the real star Arcturus, where gravity is such that everyone weighs 11 times more than they would on earth. Instead of water there's ammonia, and the atmosphere is made of methane.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/from-the-archives-designing-products-for-aliens,401145Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:30:14 +1000In Japan, A Funeral For Robot DogsSony made the Aibo virtual home companion for seven years. For a piece of consumer technology, that's an eternity, but even by the truncated standards of a dog's lifespan it is far too brief. Now, their robotic pets discontinued but beloved, Aibo owners are greeting the end of the technology's lifecycle in a powerfully human way: <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/sony-aibo-robot-dog-funeral-in-japan/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication#/2">funerals</a>. For robot dogs.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/in-japan-a-funeral-for-robot-dogs,401144Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:30:10 +1000Take A Drone Tour Of Canada's Largest Nuclear Site [Video]Covering over three and a half square miles, Bruce nuclear generation facility on the Eastern shore of Lake Huron houses eight nuclear reactors. It's also home to a Canadian temporary nuclear waste storage facility containing over 50,000 tons of waste. Filmed from overhead by drone, it's a sprawling expanse of snow, ice, and nondescript buildings. A serene mundanity, almost.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/take-a-drone-tour-of-canadas-largest-nuclear-site-video,401143Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:30:06 +1000The HTC One M9 Is A Sleek Smartphone Built For Photo AddictsIf you're always on Instagram, Snapchat, VSCO Cam, or pretty much any other photography app, HTC wants you to put its brand-new smartphone in your pocket.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/mobile/the-htc-one-m9-is-a-sleek-smartphone-built-for-photo-addicts,401142Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:30:03 +1000These Glasses Block Cameras From Recognizing Your FaceWith cameras and <a href="http://www.popsci.com/tags/facial-recognition?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">face-detection software</a> everywhere these days, what's a privacy-loving citizen supposed to do? Anti-virus software maker AVG has a proposal: <a href="http://now.avg.com/avg-reveals-invisibility-glasses-at-pepcom-barcelona/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">eyeglasses that thwart those technologies</a>, thanks to infrared LEDs that are invisible to the human eye, but interfere with cameras' ability to see your face. (Want to see a simple version of this in action? Press a button on your TV's remote control while pointing it at your smartphone's camera.)http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/these-glasses-block-cameras-from-recognizing-your-face,401141Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:59 +1000With Valve, HTC Unveils New Virtual Reality Headset 'HTC Vive'HTC is teaming up with one of the gaming industry's biggest (and most beloved) companies, Valve, to launch a new virtual reality headset. What's even more exciting is that the consumer version of the VR headset is scheduled to launch before the end of the year.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/gaming/with-valve-htc-unveils-new-virtual-reality-headset-htc-vive,401140Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:57 +1000This Robotic Flight Simulator Is A New Tool For Training PilotsWhen it comes to flying, one of the ways to become a better pilot is through <a href="http://www.popsci.com/tags/flight-simulators?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">flight simulations</a>, but these can often feel unrealistic. http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/aerospace/this-robotic-flight-simulator-is-a-new-tool-for-training-pilots,401139Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:54 +1000Scientific Model Determines Where You Should Hide In The Zombie OutbreakIt's a question as old the zombie genre itself: If humans suddenly turned into contagious flesh-eating undead monsters, where should the survivors hide? In a paper to be presented at the March meeting of the Academy of Physical Sciences, a team from Cornell University made a dynamic statistical simulation of a zombie outbreak, and it turns out the best place to be is where people aren't.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/scientific-model-determines-where-you-should-hide-in-the-zombie-outbreak,401138Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:52 +1000HTC's Grip Wristband Helps Outdoor Runners With Built-In GPSIf you're a outdoor runner, and you still haven't bought a wearable wristband to track your fitness goals, you might want to consider HTC's first wearable device&#8212;the Grip.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/fitness/htcs-grip-wristband-helps-outdoor-runners-with-builtin-gps,401137Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:48 +1000Scientists Have Composed Music Especially For CatsWhen I was learning to play the cello in high school, my cat Stella used to hide under my bed and yowl pitifully. I like to tell myself we just had different tastes. And there's probably something to that. Whereas humans like music to fall within our vocal range and have a <a href="http://www.livescience.com/33780-animal-music-pets.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">tempo similar to a human heartbeat</a>, those noises probably sound like demonic torture rituals to a cat.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/scientists-have-composed-music-especially-for-cats,401136Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:46 +1000Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First TimeScientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave&#8212;Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the <a href="http://www.epfl.ch/index.en.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">&#201;cole Polytechnique F&#233;d&#233;rale de Lausanne</a> in Switzerland have taken the <a href="http://actu.epfl.ch/news/the-first-ever-photograph-of-light-as-both-a-parti/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">first ever photograph</a> of light as both a wave and a particle. The key was a new experimental technique that uses electrons to capture the light's movement. The work was <a href="http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150302/ncomms7407/full/ncomms7407.html?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">published today</a> in the journal <em>Nature Communications</em>.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/light-photographed-as-a-wave-and-a-particle-for-the-first-time,401135Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:43 +1000Here's What Methane-Based Life On Titan Could Look Like<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sirens_of_Titan?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Despite what Kurt Vonnegut says</a>, Saturn's largest moon Titan wouldn't be a very fun place to visit. The natural satellite boasts temperatures of -290 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as vast seas filled not with Earth's life-sustaining water, but with liquid methane. It's also possible that numerous active volcanoes on Titan burp out methane into the atmosphere, creating clouds that precipitate the chemical compound as rain or snow.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/heres-what-methanebased-life-on-titan-could-look-like,401134Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:40 +1000Apple Pay Being Hit By A Surprising Amount Of FraudFraud is a rampant problem in the credit card industry, and while technology like Apple Pay was supposed to improve the security of our finances, it turns out that it's only as secure as the people that back it.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/computing/apple-pay-being-hit-by-a-surprising-amount-of-fraud,401133Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:38 +1000World Health Organization: Limit Headphone Time To An Hour Per DayCranking up the tunes today may lead to the inability to hear them tomorrow, according the World Health Organization. Young people tend to turn the volume too high on their mobile music devices, as well as frequent noisy concerts and clubs. As a result, over 1.1 billion people ages 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss, the WHO said in a <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/ear-care/en/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">recent statement</a>.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/world-health-organization-limit-headphone-time-to-an-hour-per-day,401132Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:35 +1000Marketing Drones Scanned Los Angeles For Cellphone Location DataActing as cheap flying cameras, drones already raise a lot of questions about privacy. But it's not just aerial photography people should worry about with drones. Earlier this month, AdNear, a <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/frankbi/2015/02/23/drones-are-already-intercepting-cell-phone-signals-in-l-a/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Singaporean marketing company</a>, flew drones with sensors that could detect cell phone signal strength and WiFi over part of Los Angeles. The drones identified and located people by the devices in their pockets, so that businesses could send highly-specific ads to their smartphones. The company praised this <a href="https://twitter.com/moochava/status/354986725388468224?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">cyberpunk dystopian idea</a> in a <a href="https://adnear.com/february2015/experimenting-with-drones-for-data-collection.php?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">blog post</a>, saying:http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/marketing-drones-scanned-los-angeles-for-cellphone-location-data,401013Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:20:49 +1000Chemicals From Beauty Products Have Migrated To AntarcticaYou make contact with a lot of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes every day, and you probably don't even know it. The mouthful of a name refers to groups of chemicals found in numerous human-made items including lotions and other personal care products.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/chemicals-from-beauty-products-have-migrated-to-antarctica,401012Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:20:46 +1000Second Bright Spot Is Further Evidence That Ceres Is A Death Star You can't trick us, Ceres. Out there in the asteroid belt, in the dark space between Mars and Jupiter, you've been keeping secrets. Scientists thought your shiny white spot was probably some kind of ice or a glassy deposit from a volcanic eruption. Others said <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2t5mff/ceress_crater_makes_it_look_like_the_death_star/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">Death Star</a>. Now it turns out your one spot is actually two, and that's supposed to convince us Ceres is harmless? Riiight, nice try. We know the truth -- that you've only just begun to fire up your planet-destroying multi-beam <a href="http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Superlaser?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">superlaser</a>.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/second-bright-spot-is-further-evidence-that-ceres-is-a-death-star-,401011Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:20:42 +1000New Mysterious Craters Found In SiberiaThey're baaack... Remember those weird craters that <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/17/the-curious-case-of-the-massive-crater-that-just-appeared-at-the-end-of-the-earth/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">suddenly appeared</a> in Siberia last year? They just showed up in the middle of nowhere, unannounced and unexpected. At the time, scientists got some awesome <a href="http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0018-exclusive-new-pictures-inside-mystery-siberian-crater/?con&amp;dom=pscau&amp;src=syndication">exploration pictures</a> that don't AT ALL look like they could be the start of a Hollywood horror movie.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/new-mysterious-craters-found-in-siberia,401010Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:20:39 +1000