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The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus teardown reveals subtle differences from iPhone 6

On the outside, the iPhone 6 Plus looks like just a scaled up iPhone 6, but the internal hardware tells a different story. The phones are very similar but far from identical.<p><b>For more information on the iPhone 6 Plus, including performance and battery life benchmark tests, check out Tim Stevens'</b> …

The World's Most Precise Clocks: 100 Times More Precise Than Cesium Atomic Clocks

And they're about 10 billion times more precise than your quartz wristwatch.<p>At the foot of the mountains abutting Boulder, Colorado, in the labs of the National Institute of Science and Technology, there sits the most precise clock in the world.<p>It's so precise that, because it outstrips other …

Idoorcam

iDoorCam is a WiFi enabled digital doorbell that allows you to see hear and speak to the person at your door no matter what place you are at or what …

The Secret Story of TOYS

CIA Kept Area 51 Secret Because Rumors Cooler Than Reality

A spy plane, an intelligence agency, and the magical logic of conspiracy theories all made an American legend.<p>Yesterday the CIA declassified a 400-page document about Area 51, the secret facility in the Nevada desert that has fascinated armchair historians and tormented conspiracy theorists for …

How We Remember To Remember

The way our brain handles remembering to remember something, called prospective memory, has been somewhat of a mystery to scientists, until now.<p>"Remind me not to forget…" I often say to my roommate. My phone charger. The sandwich I made to take to work. The bill I need to put in the mail.<p>The way …

Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief

Bad language could be good for you, a new study shows. For the first time, psychologists have found that swearing may serve an important function in relieving pain.<p>The study, published in the journal <i>NeuroReport,</i> measured how long college students could keep their hands immersed in cold water. During the chilly exercise, they could repeat an expletive of their choice or chant a neutral word. When swearing, the 67 student volunteers reported less pain and on average endured about 40 seconds …

Are Electric Vehicles Really Zero-Emission?

As the owner of the first Nissan Leaf electric car sold in Maine, it is my pleasure to give slide presentations to various groups about the history, benefits, and personal experiences of driving an electric vehicle.<p>After a showing of the movie <i>Revenge of the Electric Car</i>, I was participating in a …

Would You Give This Company $250 For A Survivalist's E-Ink Android Tablet?

Earl is a new kind of tablet--designed specifically for use in the wild.<p>Android tablets are mostly dull; Asus, Samsung, Sony, and the rest are typically just pumping out versions of the same platform. Earl, from a startup called Sqigle (sic), is quite a bit different: it's designed top to bottom …

5 Other Cat Names Apple Could Have Picked For OS X 10.9

The other Apple OS X versions have all been named after wild cats. 10.9 is called Mavericks. Not bad--but why not honor these lesser-known cats? (Thanks to Tom Scocca for the idea.)<p><i>Click to launch the gallery.</i>

Raise Your Own Edible Bugs With This Decorative Kitchen Pod

In case the only thing keeping you from adopting a sustainable bug diet was a lack of attractive appliances.<p>The U.N. recently suggested (not for the first time) that we put a bit more crunchy insect protein into our diets. Eating bugs could provide a sustainable source of snackage--they produce …

Meet The First Interchangeable-Lens Camera With Android

When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Camera, a top-of-the-line point-and-shoot camera with 4G and a full version of Android, we were left with one thought: "this interface is going to be so awesome when it's on an interchangeable-lens camera." And today our friends at PopPhoto got their hands …

The 5 Coolest New Features In Microsoft Windows 8.1

3-D printer support, hands-free operation, and all kinds of other features make Windows 8.1 more than a small update.<p>Windows 8.1, the first update to the wildly different new version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, just arrived in beta. It's easy to download--easier than the new version …

The Goods: July 2013's Hottest Gadgets

A dozen great ideas in gear, including a programmable flashlight, a customizable robot toy, and socks that'll last a lifetime

It's Time To Gentrify Android

It's a real up-and-coming operating system. Oh, sure, it's been here for years, but now it's ready for rich people to move on in.<p>It's not polite to say, but here are the facts: Android is used by poorer people, and iOS is used by richer people. A Pew survey taken last month bears this out: Android …

Ford's Smart Brakes Light Up Dashboard Of Car Behind You

The system would alert drivers even if they couldn't actually see the car ahead, preventing pileups.<p>Say you're taking a romantic, winding drive through the mountains. The car in front of you at some point might disappear around a corner. It might also encounter a family of adorable baby quail …

Garmin Launches Portable Head-Up Display

Head-up display systems have been around for decades but despite their added safety (by allowing you to keep your eyes on the road) you still won't find it a standard feature in many cars. If you've bought a car and discovered that it didn't have a head-up display, there are a growing number of …

How Do We Program Ourselves To Save Fuel?

Monitoring and controlling drivers' behavior could save billions of dollars in gas.<p>Last year, American car buyers named fuel economy the most important consideration when shopping for a car, outranking even quality and safety. The change coincides nicely with the flood of hybrid and high-efficiency …

6 Things Interns Who Are Better Than You Do

Even though you're working hard to get along with your supervisor and stand out as a memorable intern, internships can be really tough—especially …

Big Pic: Underground Machines For Detecting Dark Matter

Going deep underground in search of the elusive particles<p>Almost a mile beneath Gran Sasso mountain in Italy sits the DarkSide detector. DarkSide, which started operating in May, is designed to capture the faint signals generated by dark matter, the elusive particles that scientists suspect are …

All Of The Asteroids That Could Potentially End The World

Here's the path of the nearly 1,400 asteroids that would cause "major devastation" if they hit our planet.<p>It's no surprise that NASA is keeping track of all potentially hazardous objects, or PHOs, that surround our planet. If it's closer than 4.6 million miles away and larger than about 350 feet in …

Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match

When Amazon unveiled the unique display panel of its Paperwhite Kindle e-reader, it revealed two impressive facts: The first is that Amazon’s internal hardware engineering team is more sophisticated than Amazon’s line of decent but not so revolutionary tablets and e-readers would suggest. The …

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English Speakers Increasingly Use Self-Centered Words Like 'Get' And 'Choose'

What changes in language use can tell us about society<p>The words that consistently pop up in published literature can tell us a lot about individual and cultural trends and values. Are people talking about their emotions more? Are people feeling depressed?<p>Patricia Greenfield, a psychology professor …

A Cloud Room And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Watch These Robotic Plant Roots Grow Like The Real Thing [Video]

One day, they could be used to monitor soil. Or your inner organs.<p>This robot is putting down roots. Recently at the Living Machines conference in London, researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology debuted a system of robotic roots that can grow and turn in response to stimuli in their …

Will This “Space Plane” Be the New Concorde?

Last month, the United Kingdom announced that it was investing $90 million in what was being billed as the most groundbreaking aeronautical …

The Week In Numbers: The First Lab-Grown Burger, 3-D Printed Body Parts, And More

<b>$600,000</b>: the funding the National Institutes of Health has awarded to bioprinting projects since 2007. See how 3-D printed body parts will revolutionize medicine.<p><b>20,000</b>: the number of cow cells used to make the first lab-grown beef patty<p><b>$15,000</b>: the money this team hopes to raise for a campaign to …