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How To Stop Hackers

Schools across the country are offering courses where students learn how to stop malicious hackers. Step one: learn their ways.<p>Imagine a world where security guards learn to be robbers first. The guards take a class where they don black masks and smash through a glass case to appropriate jewels, or …

How Nicolas Fontaine Is Saving The Internet From Itself

Fontaine, an optical engineer at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, has devised a clever way to avoid a data bottleneck.<p><i>Each year,</i> Popular Science_ seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class …

The next space shuttle: A new type of engine could make runway-to-orbit missions a reality, ushering in an era of affordable spaceplanes. Read more: http://pops.ci/17nxoUG

How A Tiny Group Of Designers Built The Most Efficient Racecar In History

An inside look at the DeltaWing, the boldest--and most polarizing--racecar design in decades<p>At 3 p.m. on the third Saturday in June, 56 cars stream past the starting line of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a multicolored, roaring blur. Two hundred forty thousand spectators have gathered around the …

Check Out Elon Musk's Crazy Gesture-Controlled Rocket-Designing Machine

Spin your hands, and the rocket spins, too. In 3-D.<p>After promising on Twitter recently to show off an <i>Iron Man</i>-style 3-D interface for designing rocket engines, SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder/billionaire smart dude Elon Musk made good on his promise by releasing this video showing the setup.<p>The …

Let this gorgeous poster from 1944 teach you about electromagnetic radiation. Larger image: http://pops.ci/1agNXq4

Inside China's Secret Arsenal

The Chinese government is rapidly building a bigger, more sophisticated military. Here’s what they have, what they want, and what it means for the U.S.<p>In a single generation, China has transformed itself from a largely agrarian country into a global manufacturing and trading powerhouse. China's …

How D-Dalus Flies Like Nothing Else

Last year, the Austrian engineering firm IAT21 set out to construct a flying machine that floated like a hummingbird, traveled as fast as a jet, was as quiet as a hot-air balloon, and was simple enough that a car mechanic could repair it. The company's working prototype, called D-Dalus, is roughly …

5-Minute Project: Hand Warmers

Make your own portable hot packs<p>Instant hand warmers are great--just shake 'em up, and you've got spontaneous warmth to thaw your hands during the cold winter months. But they're awfully expensive, and not because they're complicated to manufacture. In fact, you can make them yourself in a few very …

The Boy Who Played With Fusion

Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he’s become one<p>"Propulsion," the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "I just want to see the propulsion stuff."<p>A young woman guides their group toward a full-scale …

What Would Happen If I Ate A Teaspoonful Of White Dwarf Star?

"Everything about it would be bad," says Mark Hammergren, an astronomer at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, beginning with your attempt to scoop it up. Despite the fact that white dwarfs are fairly common throughout the universe, the nearest is 8.6 light-years away. Let's assume, though, that you've …

From the August 1969 issue of Popular Science, a DIY flying saucer water ski! 9 more retro DIY projects to try before summer ends: http://www.popsci.com/diy/gallery/2013-07/photo-gallery-10-retro-diy-projects-do-summer-ends?src=SOC&dom=fb

This is Elon Musk's Hyperloop: http://tinyurl.com/n7nx9y9

Do you ever get really mad when your laptop malfunctions? Next time maybe just build a coilgun and shoot it repeatedly, like this guy: http://tinyurl.com/kmucv2j

Secure Email Options for Message Privacy

It's shockingly, disturbingly easy for the government to snoop on your emails. Here are your weapons in the fight for secure email.<p>Many of us had assumed our feeble Gmail passwords were secure enough to keep prying eyes out of our email accounts. (I used a letter, a number, <i>and</i> a symbol!) But with …

How 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine

Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.<p>A device the size of an espresso machine quietly whirs to life. The contraption isn't filled with fresh, pungent grounds but, instead, spoonfuls of opaque, sterile goo. Its robotic arm moves …

To celebrate Mars rover Curiosity's first anniversary on the Red Planet, here are the rover's 10 greatest hits: http://tinyurl.com/laaowu9

The Newest Epidemic Among College Kids: 'Sleep Texting' Syndrome

Mittens, to protect herself from her phone. To render her fingers unable to send those unconscious messages that are as embarrassing as they are senseless.<p>Yup: She's a sleep texter.<p>"It's a phenomenon occurring with the younger generation," says Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova …

These guys have created a device that allows users to interact with a computer with the wave of a hand! (And it looks SO COOL.) Story, videos: http://tinyurl.com/n79qrjy

Commercial quantum computer actually works, according to new testing. http://tinyurl.com/nrs5fqk

Future of Flight: Planes that never need to land and require little to no fuel. http://tinyurl.com/ptb9nsj

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 …

Inside The Most Expensive Science Experiment Ever

Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as the one that will make the big breakthrough in fusion science, only to stumble. This one could be different.<p>Some people have spent their whole working lives researching fusion and then retired feeling bitter at what they see as a wasted …

Our favorite aircraft from the 2013 Paris Air Show. (And yes, this one actually exists!) http://pops.ci/17ATHcU

Scientists have managed to shrink a high-energy particle accelerator from the length of two football fields to just 1 inch. http://pops.ci/13XRxPC

World's first 3-D printed battery is the size of a grain of sand! http://pops.ci/1axP3ed

U.S. Schools Are Dumb About Their Smart Devices, Report Finds

Just having an iPad for every kid isn't enough.<p>U.S. schools are spending money on laptops and tablets for their students, but they aren't checking what kinds of returns on investment they're getting, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.<p>In addition, many schools end up …

We're Making Less Effective Drugs Now Than 40 Years Ago

A new study examines the effectiveness of new drugs compared with placebo in drug trials from 1966 to 2010. The new drugs aren't looking so hot.<p>Apparently, the good ol' days really did shine brighter, at least for drug development. In decades past, clinical trials found that drugs were hugely …

Is This Mysterious Silicon Valley Company Helping The NSA Spy On Americans?

Hey Palantir Technologies: Are you reading this right now?<p>Last night we learned about PRISM, a classified National Security Agency program that involves huge, wide-ranging data pulls from major tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo. A reader tip sent in to Talking Points Memo …

Do Adults Keep Making New Brain Cells? Cold War-Era Radiation Reveals Answer

A different kind of carbon-14 dating<p>When the U.S. and Soviet Union tested nuclear weapons aboveground in the 1950s and 1960s, they left their mark on everyone alive at that time. The tests released unusual amounts of carbon-14 into the atmosphere, which people's cells would sometimes incorporate …