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This biped robot uses mechanics instead of a computer brain to stay upright

But it still needs a little help<p>Bipeds keep getting better. Instead of slow, heavy, and terrain-sensitive humanoids like ASIMO, researchers are building lightweight and agile bird-like robots, such as Cassie. The better the designs are mechanically, the less power and smarts are required to keep …

Here Is the Trump Transition Team's Big Plan for NASA

Popular Mechanics met with astrophysicist Jack Burns, a member of President Trump's NASA transition team, to learn a little about what we can expect from the agency moving forward.<p>If you feel like NASA's been in limbo lately, you're not alone.<p>"NASA has been kind of stuck for much of the last …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says This Short Film on Science in America Contains Perhaps the Most Important Words He’s Ever Spoken

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has won a reputation as a genial, yet pedantic nerd, a scientific gadfly whose point of view may nearly always be …

Toxic diesel particles penetrate right through to the heart, scientists warn

Toxic particles from diesel vehicles can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream, raising the risk of heart attacks and strokes, researchers have proved for the first time.<p>The nanoparticles, which cannot be traced by Government measuring equipment, stay in the body for months and …

Particles

MIT's mobile 3D printer built the largest structure to date

Your next house could be built by a robot. Following the recent success of San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor, a team of MIT researchers have created a mobile autonomous 3D printer of their own. And to prove that the prototype works, the team had it build a 12-foot tall, 50-foot-wide igloo out of …

We May Have Uncovered the First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

Too Cold<p>For years, scientists have been baffled by a weird anomaly far away in space: a mysterious “Cold Spot” about 1.8 billion light-years across. …

Accounts of girl raised by monkeys in India questioned

<i>Editor’s note: New information has been reported since publication of this story that raise significant doubts about the veracity of the initial accounts on which it was based. The story relied on reports by the Associated Press and the New Indian Express quoting local officials who came upon her,</i> …

Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole

Every image you’ve seen of a black hole is an illustration. A giant “virtual” telescope may change that.<p>The closest astronomers have come to directly “seeing” a black hole happened last year, when the LIGO observatory detected the spacetime-warping gravitational waves radiating from a pair of black …

Scientists Create Graphene-Based Sieve That Removes Salt From Seawater

It is estimated that over 660 million people in the world still do not have access to clean and safe drinking water — a number that is only expected …

Roofus All-In-One Gadget Measures, Squares, Levels And More (video)

Carpenters, plumbers, roofers and other tradesmen looking for an all in one measuring, combination square with bevel, protractor digital level and …

Coastal Inundation Reveals the Upside of Climate Change

In Miami Beach, they call it “sunny-day flooding.” You’ll be hanging out downtown under clear blue skies—only to see, whoa, the streets slowly …

Climate Change

Why Breast Milk Changes Color, Explained In One Cool Photo

The human body is a fascinating machine, and motherhood often makes that especially clear. The latest example of this comes from a woman named …

Create your own clothing using digital knitting machine Kniterate

Who says knitting is for geriatrics? Thanks to a new Kickstarter project, it could be the newest hobby for millennials, too. That’s the hope of the …

Knitting

Here’s one way to get out of a black hole!

Two weeks ago I attended an exciting workshop at Stanford, organized by the It from Qubit collaboration, which I covered enthusiastically on Twitter. …

Immortal Stem Cells Let Scientists Create an Unlimited Supply of Artificial Blood

This is a big deal for medicine.<p>Researchers have developed a line immortal stem cells that allow them to generate an unlimited supply of artificial …

This object has been sprayed with the world's blackest material — and it's unnerving

Well, we've finally cracked it. Scientists have finally figured out how to paint a portal to another dimension, as prophesied by Loony Tunes' the Roadrunner. Who wants to try driving a (very small) truck right through that gaping void circle?<p>In all seriousness, what you're looking at isn't actually …

Dozens of Scientific Journals Offered Her a Job. But She Didn't Exist

If you received a resumé and cover letter from an Anna O. Fraud, you might sense something fishy. If you got one from an Anna O. Szust, you’d …

A Remarkable Time Lapse Video of Cell Division in a Frog Egg | Colossal

<p>No, this isn’t digital. Filmed by documentary filmmaker Francis Chee, this amazing video captures the microscopic view of a frog egg as it begins to …

7,000 Huge Gas Bubbles Have Formed Under Siberia, And Could Explode at Any Moment

What happens when the permafrost thaws.<p>Last year, researchers in Siberia's remote Bely Island made the bizarre discovery that the ground had started …

JUICED Charging Station And Pocket Top-up Batteries (video)

A multiple battery charging station has been created by Juiced, which offers a and the solution for keeping your smartphone charged whenever you …

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump's anti-science budget will make America stupid again

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget eviscerates government funding for basic scientific research and development, taking a sledge hammer to …

Let there be cheap light: $1 LED bulbs and $6.99 dimmable LEDs

We thought that the Nanoleaf Bloom was a nifty idea, but too expensive when it first came out at $40. But for $6.99, this dimmable LED is a much smarter buy. That's what EarthLED is charging for this dimmable LED bulb, and you even get free shipping. The Nanoleaf Bloom is a great pick for home …

Free Shipping

How to Teleport Schrödinger’s Cat to the Moon

MinutePhysics explains how to teleport Schrödinger’s cat to the Moon in a video that breaks down quantum entanglement and looks at what is currently …

​DNA data storage landmark: Now it's 215 petabytes per gram or over 100 million movies

Synthetic DNA could be the answer to the world's accelerating data-storage needs, and now researchers have shown that it can have a much higher …

Scientists Finally Observed Time Crystals—But What the Hell Are They?

My first question was, “What is a time crystal?” Harvard graduate students Soonwon Choi, Joonhee Choi and postdoctoral researcher Renate Landig all …

Quantum Physics

IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom.<p>A hard drive today takes about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit of data -- a 1 or 0. The IBM Research results announced Wednesday show how much more …

Quantum Computing

Watch origami fold with no one touching it

Scientists have discovered a way to fold origami — without physically touching it. By shining different colors of light on a sheet of Shrinky Dink plastic, researchers remotely bent it into various 3D shapes, according to a paper published Friday in the journal <i>Science Advances</i>.<p>The key discovery was …

NASA Just Released a Bunch of Its Software For Free

Here's what's worth downloading.<p>NASA has just released its 2017-2018 software catalogue, and everything is available for free download, without any …

7 Nokia 3310 Features You'll Wish Your High-End Smartphone Had

Let's go back to the future!<p>The second coming isn't nigh, it's already happened. No, we're not talking about Jesus, but the return of the most iconic mobile phone of all time, the beloved Nokia 3310.<p>A device that defined a generation and then some, this little brick of plastic and circuitry is one …

Mobile Technology