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How an Immense Sun Mirror Lights Up Norway's Tiny Rjukan

How an Immense Sun Mirror Lights Up Norway’s Tiny Rjukan<p>Share<p>What would you do if you lived in a town so deep in a valley, the sun didn’t even shine …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

What’s The Worst Possible Password?

Short answer: Password1 is pretty bad<p>Last fall, hackers leaked 10 million email passwords on a Russian Bitcoin forum. Bogdan Calin, the chief technology officer for Web security firm Acunetix, sifted through the data and found almost 50,000 Gmail accounts with the same password: 123456. In fact, …

Information Systems

18th century doctors shared bodies to teach dissections, research shows

Medical students were so numerous in Georgian London they had to share cadavers, study of autopsy practices reveals<p>For physicians teaching in Georgian London, the solution was never in question. Faced with a shortage of bodies to dissect, they chopped up cadavers and handed parts out.<p>The sheer …

Medicine

Man’s best friend may truly love us after all

Scientific evidence proves that dogs know when we're happy or sad. And they prefer us to be happy<p>I keep laughing out loud on the London Underground. The cause is a series of posters featuring an egotistical dachshund. Sausages are some of the most expressive dogs around, having an imperial …

Why hunting wolves is such a touchy subject - Futurity

Really understanding the debate about wolf-hunting means setting aside simple demographics in favor of themes like power and trust.

How Head Hits In Football Hurt Brains

A sports science roundup<p>As many Americans settled down to watch some football after dinner last weekend, a flurry of fresh news about sports-related brain injuries came to light.<p>A former high school quarterback sued the Illinois High School Association for not protecting young players from head …

The Brain

Duct Tape You (Almost) Can't See

Gorilla Clear Repair Tape<p>For all its strength and utility, duct tape is ugly stuff. Gorilla Clear Repair looks like packing tape, but has extra adhesive and does not yellow with exposure to sunlight.<p>Read the story here or dive into the full list of Best Of What's New winners

Home Improvement

Could life exist on 'fried' exoplanets? - Futurity

Exoplanets are prime targets in the search for extraterrestrial life, but intense heat during early years may have left some uninhabitable.

Extraterrestrial Life

Bio-Electric-Solar Hybrid Triplane Seeks Backers

Borrowing from aviation’s golden age for our eco-friendly present<p>If completed, the crowdfunded BEHA plane will pair two battery-powered electric turbines with solar panels, wind turbines, and a separate biodiesel engine, to fly through the sky with as small an environmental footprint as possible. …

Wind Power

Head injuries cause young brains to act old - Futurity

A traumatic brain injury can cause toxic waste to build up in a young brain—perhaps setting the stage for dementia later in life.

The Brain

Pufferfish Don't Hold Their Breaths To Stay Puffed, Scientists Find

Very Important Science<p>How does the pufferfish stay inflated? Not by holding its breath, a pair of Australian marine scientists discovered. Previously, scientists thought pufferfish stopped taking in oxygen through their gills while they were inflated. Instead, the fish supposedly took in more …

Great Barrier Reef

The baffling case of the 100 missing brains

How did the University of Texas lose so many brains from its collection? Well, they have got a history of being badly neglected – even Einstein’s<p>How do you lose 100 brains? The British journalist Alex Hannaford and his friend, photographer Adam Voorhes, uncovered the loss from the University of …

Hard California Rains Provide Little Relief From Record Drought

Amid fears of flooding and mudslides, this week's rain is only drop in dry bucket.<p>Rain has been soaking much of California this week, but the inches of much needed water are only a drop in the bucket amid the worst drought in the state's recorded history, experts warn.<p>"The rain is welcome—it sure …

Popular Science’s coolest innovation items of 2014

<b>NEW YORK (PIX11)--</b> Every December for the past 27 years, the editors of Popular Science have sought out the products and technologies poised to …

Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

For more than a decade scientists have been at a loss to explain why there are fewer stars than they predicted<p>There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself …

Asteroids could wipe out humanity, warn Richard Dawkins and Brian Cox

More than 100 scientists and astronauts have come together to call for a huge asteroid detection system<p>Asteroids could wipe out humanity unless more effort is made to track and destroy them, a leading body of scientists and astronauts has warned.<p>Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, Brian Cox, …

Rare and wonderful full-circle rainbow

In theory, any rainbow can be a full circle, but – from Earth’s surface – we typically see only the top part of a rainbow.<p>Colin Leonhardt kindly gave …

Astronomy

Good news: Pandas aren't wimpy or picky - Futurity

Pandas are probably not as delicate and finicky about habitat as experts once assumed, a discovery that raises a little hope about their survival.

Zoology

NASA Stumbles Upon A Dead Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

Think our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns.<p>"You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," Dr. Fiona A. Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at the California …

Why Does Crying Make My Nose Run?

Short answer: It's flooded with tears<p>Every minute, a person generates about 1 or 2 microliters worth of tears. They are a mix of oil, mucus, and water, secreted from different glands and cells around the eye. Tears serve to keep the eyeball surface lubricated. When you blink, your lids work like …

New York City

Scrubbed! Glitches Push NASA To Delay The First Flight Of Orion

NASA will attempt to launch the unmanned capsule again on Friday morning<p><b>Update 9:35 a.m.</b> And just like that, the launch has been scrubbed for today. NASA will try again in 24 hours. That's the way rocket science goes sometimes. Check PopSci.com tomorrow for live coverage of the next launch</b> …

Space Exploration

Orion launch: The world's race to Mars in 60 seconds

As Nasa tests out its Orion spacecraft, which will one day take astronauts to Mars, we take a look at the other nations racing to get to the red planet<p>Nasa's spacecraft Orion is the most advanced ever built and scientists hope that one day it will be responsible for taking astronauts to Mars.<p>Two …

Space Exploration

Giant Blast Shuts Down Starburst Galaxy

Astronomers spot gas bursts that may disrupt star formation.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a critical moment in the life of galaxies: high-speed eruptions of gas that may halt the birth of stars.<p>Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are vast islands of stars littering space. How …

The yin-yang of sea ice at Earth’s poles

Arctic sea ice is decreasing. Antarctic sea ice is at an all-time high. How can that be? This 3-minute video offers an explanation.<p>The world is …

Global Warming

Do pufferfishes hold their breath when inflated?

When harassed, a pufferfish rapidly gulps water (or air) into its stomach, transforming itself into a prickly beach-ball that’s three or four times larger than the deflated fish. They inflate to avoid being swallowed by predators. But does an inflated pufferfish breathe? Most people think inflated …

Human foetus cells injected into baby mice to create ‘supermouse’

A 'supermouse' which is four times smarter than normal mice has been created by scientists by an injection of human brain cells<p>The cells from a human foetus have been injected into baby mice to create animals which have brains that are half human.<p>Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical …

Scientists disappointed Jurassic World dinosaurs don’t look like dinosaurs

Paleontologists have been sneered at over their criticism of the Jurassic World trailer, but such a stance is misguided<p><i>The trailer for the latest big screen outing of the</i> <i>Jurassic Park</i> <i>franchise is causing delight and consternation in equal measure over the appearance of the extinct stars. Here,</i> …

Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.<p>According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all …

Agriculture