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Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts

Why the mental health of astronauts is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to successful space missions<p>The sight of the entire Earth, visible to the naked eye, has had a profound effect on those who have seen it. Astronaut William McCool described it as “beyond imagination”, and many have …

The lab-grown penis: approaching a medical milestone

After more than 20 years of research, a team of scientists are bioengineering penises in the lab which may soon be transplanted safely on to patients. It is an extraordinary medical endeavour that has implications for a wide range of disorders<p>Gathered around an enclosure at the Wake Forest …

Galaxy’s guardians make the case: upgrade Pluto back to planet-size!

Eight years ago it was relegated to dwarf planet status. But Harvard astrophysicists are arguing that being small shouldn’t disqualify it<p><b>Age:</b> 4.6bn years old.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Slightly different to its appearance last week.<p><b>You know, I thought that too. Has it had its hair done?</b> No, not that, you idiot. …

Height differences 'could be caused by DNA changes'

<b>Subtle changes in our genetic make-up could help to explain why some people are taller than others, the largest ever study of height has suggested.</b><p>About 400 genome regions have been identified that may be responsible for the extra inches, according to research involving more than 250,000 …

Genetics

The First Steps Toward An Artificial Cell

Scientists create a synthetic, membrane-bound vesicle that mimics some of the functions of a living cell.<p><b>Life depends on imbalance</b>—biological systems capitalize on the give and take between stability and instability to move, breathe, and eat. The cell and its components are never static.<p>This fact …

Scientists discover 'brakes' to stop cancer-causing 'car-crashes' in cells

(Medical Xpress)—Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered a new role for a protein that may put the brakes on cancer by stopping DNA from …

How Soon Can We Check in to a Space Hotel?

Bigelow Aerospace vice president Jay Ingham tells PM how inflatable space habitats will transform low Earth orbit, starting with an inflatable space station module called BEAM that is slated to dock with the ISS in 2015.<p>NASA tried making inflatable space habitats during the 1990s with its TransHab …

‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Astronomy

Incredibly Creative Stop-Motion Film Made with Only Rubber Bands & Thumbtacks

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a stop-motion film, but ‘A Girl Named Elastika’ by French filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet was a no-brainer. At once …

Mother Takes Adorable Portraits of Her 10-Month-Old Baby and Their Rescue Dog

Not since Tokyo-based mother Aya Sakai's photos of her son and their French Bulldog, have I seen such a cute pairing like this! Meet Zoey and Jasper. Lifestyle photographer Grace Chon recently turned the camera on her 10-month-old Chinese-Korean baby Jasper and their 7-year-old rescue dog Zoey, …

Cute
Neuroscience

Elke Vogelsang's dog portraiture

How Steven Spielberg Made Millions Off 'Star Wars' After A 1977 Bet With George Lucas

Steven Spielberg would go on to win the bet and take millions of dollars from George Lucas over time.<p>Here's how the out-of-this-world wager came to be.<p>In the mid-1970s, science-fiction films weren't very popular.<p>1968's "2001: A Space Odyssey" led the way for the genre but made just $56 million at …

Box Office

The House that Inspired the Movie "Up"

Does this house look familiar to you? Fans of the Pixar film <i>Up</i> might recognize that it looks remarkably like the house in the movie, which similarly occupied a lone space in the middle of rapid change and development that unfolded around it. The filmmakers were allegedly inspired by the story of …

Real Estate

US Mint Produces First Curved Coins to Honor Baseball

To recognize and celebrate 75 years of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the United States Mint recently released these three custom coin designs that include a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin, and a half dollar clad (non-precious metal) coin.<p>The products are the first curved coins produced by the …

Hall of Fame

Stop Looking For 'Hardwired' Differences In Male And Female Brains

Breaking the binary<p>In December, a highly publicized study declared that distinctive wiring in the brain explains different skill sets in men and women. After scanning hundreds of participants’ brains, the researchers reported that men have stronger connections within a given hemisphere, whereas …

Did losing their tails make birds cock o' the walk?

Dr Vivian Allen explains how attaching false tails to chickens helps us understand both bird and dinosaur locomotion<p><i>This is the first guest post for a while here. Today Dr Vivian Allen of the Royal Veterinary College in London, an expert on dinosaur locomotion, discusses a recent paper that</i> …

Dinosaur dubbed 'chicken from hell' was armed and dangerous

Feathered beast, Anzu wyliei, was built for speed, measured three metres from beak to tail and had long, sharp claws<p>The fossilised remains of a bizarre, bird-like dinosaur, nicknamed the "chicken from hell" by scientists, have been unearthed in the US.<p>The 66-million-year-old feathered beast would …

73 Gorgeous Wedding Hair Ideas

Endless inspiration for how to arrange your mane on the big day.<p>Whether you're a classicist in the vein of Emma Watson or Emma Stone, a bohemian spirit like Sienna Miller or Elle Fanning, a bold beauty akin to Rihanna, or a modern romantic à la Alicia Vikander or Nicole Kidman, you needn't limit …

Should You Stay Up Late?

Come on, one more episode of Scandal couldn't hurt.<p>So you want to keep bingeing on Netflix, but you need to wake up early tomorrow. What’s the worst that could happen?<p><i>Click here to read more about the science of sleep.</i><p><i>This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of</i> Popular Science.

Science

A Printer That Develops Your iPhone Pics Into Lasting Polaroids

Previously on Kickstarter and finally available for order, the Impossible Lab is an analog gadget that lets you print Polaroids from your iPhone. It’s brilliant. Here’s why.<p>There are plenty of ways to turn an iPhone picture into a Polaroid-like print, from online services like Moo to portable Wi-Fi …

Mobile Photography

Creative Kids' Beds are the Ultimate Playhouses

Bedtime just got a whole lot more exciting with these amazing kids' beds by the designers at the Belgian company Mathy by Bols. With unique designs such as a tent, caravan, and cabin, these beds are a perfect combination of sleeping quarters and playhouse that demonstrate Mathy by Bols' key words …

Kids

The World’s Most Talented Barista Is Drawing This Year’s Best Picture Nominees In Coffee

Mike Breach, barista extraordinaire, is stepping up his game as the Academy Awards approach. He’s in the process of “painting” this year’s Best Picture nominees — in lattes. So far he’s finished <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i>, <i>Gravity</i>, <i>Her</i>, and <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> (see below).<p>Lest you think this is all just …

This is What Happens When You Put Dogs Inside a Photo Booth

St. Louis, Missouri-based Lynn Terry is a professional photographer who in addition to commercial projects and family portrait work, has been …