Chelsea Sillitto

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Cosmic cabin fever: Getting to Mars isn’t the hard part — it’s living there

On April 12, 1984, facing the prospect of another winter in the darkness of Antarctica, an Argentine base commander set fire to the Almirante Brown …

Could the Milky Way become a quasar?

A quasar is what you get when a supermassive black hole is actively feeding on material at the core of a galaxy. The region around the black hole …

Black Holes: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong

If most people know one thing about black holes, they probably know that nothing can escape from them, not even light.<p>Yet this most basic tenet about …

Meet Five of the American Semifinalists for a One-Way Trip to Mars!

<i>Excited for their one-way trip to colonize Mars, five of the Mars One final candidates give PEOPLE all the details behind their decision to leave</i> …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Crime mapping software used to predict spread of cancer

The software is similar to that used by the police to predict where crimes may occur or perpetrators live<p>Crime mapping software could be used to help doctors determine how quickly cancer will spread, scientists have suggested.<p>Experts at the Institute of Cancer Research found that they can use an …

Cancer

After Decades of Dietary Warnings, Eggs Make a Comeback

Corpse Bride: Lizard Necrophilia Reported in Brazil

Weird & Wild<p>"I felt a sense of wonder," says zoologist who observed male tegus mating with a dead female.<p>When zoologist Ivan Sazima went for a walk in the park in southeastern Brazil on a warm September day in 2013, he was hoping to find noteworthy animal behavior to study.<p>But he did not expect to …

From The Archives: Designing Products For Aliens

More than 60 years ago, MIT students got the coolest assignment of all time<p>In the October 1952 issue of <i>Popular Science</i>, we wrote about the fascinating, but strange, project spearheaded by 20 MIT students. They were tasked with designing new products to export to the Methanians. Before you go …

New Theory Behind Dozens of Craters Found in Siberia

Scientists narrow down the cause and think it is related to warming.<p>When a massive and mysterious hole was discovered in Siberia last July (see pictures), social media users pointed to everything from a meteorite to a stray missile to aliens to the Bermuda Triangle as possible causes. But the most …

Earth Science

'3-Parent Babies' Are Now Legal In the United Kingdom

The first one could be here by 2016<p>The United Kingdom is now the first country to legalize mitochondrial DNA transfers.<p>Earlier in February, the legislation passed the House of Commons by a vote of 282-12. It moved to the House of Lords, which passed it by a majority of 232. Clinical trials on …

Researchers create 'thinnest possible' LEDs at only three atoms thick

LEDs are already pretty tiny, but they just got a whole lot smaller. Researchers at the University of Washington have built what they say are the "thinnest-possible LEDs" — tiny lights that measure just three atoms thick. "Such thin and foldable LEDs are critical for future portable and integrated …

Elephants Know How Dangerous We Are From How We Speak

Elephants pay attention when we speak, a new study in Kenya shows.<p>When an elephant killed a Maasai woman collecting firewood near Kenya's Amboseli National Park in 2007, a group of young Maasai men retaliated by spearing one of the animals.<p>"It wasn't the one that had killed the woman, says Graeme …

Obesity Linked To Lower Grades Among Teen Girls

Childhood obesity has made it to the forefront of public health issues, both in the United Kingdom and in the United States.<p>Now researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Strathclyde, Georgia and Bristol say that not only does obesity affect a child's overall health, but it may also lead to poorer …

Dark Skin May Have Evolved to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Darwin and others said skin cancer couldn't influence the evolution of skin color. A new study makes the case that it did.<p>When it comes to skin color, the idea that we're really all the same isn't just a utopian dream. A look at skin cancer from an evolutionary perspective suggests that maybe once …

How Does Tape Work?

Speaking proper: does it matter if we can't pronounce mispronunciation?

For years, I used to think the film reviewer's genre term "biopic" was stressed on the second syllable. You know, like bionic? Only when I at last heard it spoken on the radio as "bio-pic" did I make the connection: oh right, it's a portmanteau of "biographical picture"! Everyone's word-wrangling …

Human Baby Ready To Combat Xenomorph Queen

We were frightened by The Machines all this time. But will The Infants be our last hope? [A NEW FILM FROM LEGENDARY DIRECTOR JAMES CAMERON]<p>A parent in Germany created this robo-suit--the P5000 Powerloader from "Aliens"--for his 13-month-old child. Here, according to the YouTube description, is how …

What Happens To Your Prosthetics After You Die?

Multiple groups are trying to recycle used artificial limbs and devices like pacemakers.<p>As prosthetics become more common, they are increasingly left over when people die. Where do they go?<p>In the case of "inert" implants, like silicone breast implants or artificial hips, they are often left in and …

Prosthetics

Is pee-power really possible?

Over one billion of the world’s population still lack access to basic electricity. Could tech that tries to generate power from urine be the answer?<p>Today, over seven billion people populate our planet, which means on average around 10.5 billion litres (2.8 billion gallons) of human urine is …

Fuel Cell

Big Pic: A Hypergiant Star And Its Clingy Companion

This enormous star is a million times brighter than the sun.<p>The astronomer who discovered the size of this star says it's shaped like a peanut, but we disagree; that one "lobe" is much too large. Perhaps that's because the larger star is, in fact, one of the 10 largest stars ever discovered. Its …

The Search for Aliens Is Just Getting Started

Seth Shostak, SETI senior astronomer, tells PopMech why it's no surprise our search for alien life has so far come up empty—and why, if there really is intelligent life out there, we'll find it within the next few decades.<p>Over the past 50 years, several SETI projects have scoured the cosmos but …

Aliens

Why do animals adopt?

In the animal kingdom, parents adopt babies that aren’t their own, and even other species, says Jason G Goldman. Why do they do it?<p>Is adopting a child a benevolent or a foolish act? If you were taking a cold evolutionary perspective, it would appear to be the latter.<p>For foster parents, there are …