Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 11:22 AM Apr 7 2017

Airplane passengers are in for an increasingly bumpy ride according to a study released today in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. Climate change is altering the jet stream, making severe turbulence more likely. The study builds on earlier work which found that climate change would lead to bumpier airplane rides. What makes the new research unique is that it quantifies how much different kinds of turbulence will increase—59 percent in the case of light turbulence, a 94 percent increase in moderate turbulence, and 149 percent increase in severe turbulence.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:59 AM Mar 3 2017

Amazon's Echo is a robot that sits in your house and listens. The virtual personal assistant can be summoned into action by saying its name, Alexa, and will then act on commands, like ordering a dollhouse and cookies when asked to do so by a too-clever kindergartener. And because it works by listening, Alexa is an always-on surveillance device, quietly storing snippets of information. Which has placed a particular Echo unit in an uncomfortable role: possible witness to a murder.

Sara Chodosh
at 11:14 AM Feb 16 2017

 In a shocking twist to anyone who wears makeup, you don't actually have to be healthier to seem attractive to people—you just have to look healthier. And apparently warm skin tones are where it's at.

Sarah Fecht
at 11:14 AM Feb 16 2017

Rumors are circulating on Twitter that NASA is shaking up its schedule for the Space Launch System. According to the scuttlebutt, the rocket's maiden launch may carry astronauts onboard. Popular Science has confirmed with Stuart McClung, an engineer on the Orion capsule that's designed to ride on SLS, that NASA is indeed considering these changes.

Sarah Fecht
at 11:14 AM Feb 16 2017

Restoring native wildflowers and prairies grasses will help Iowa's bees and butterflies, as well as other native animals.

Cici Zhang
at 10:15 AM Jan 30 2017

Saturday was the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, so celebrations well under way around the globe. This year is the Year of the Chicken (or Rooster... or even COCK). And what better way to celebrate than with a roundup of chicken science?

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 16:02 PM Nov 23 2016

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is a massive jetliner, designed to comfortable carry 280 people across oceans and between continents. Or, for one special customer with millions to spare, it can carry 40 passengers for 17 hours non-stop in what can only be fairly described as a sort of beige opulence.

 
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