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Long-necked 'dragon' dinosaur found in China: Why it didn't tip over

None of us like to stick our necks out, but this dinosaur had no choice.<p>This week, an international team of paleontologists described a newly discovered species of dinosaur that was probably 50 feet long — half body, half neck.<p>Scientists believe that the distance from the ground to its shoulder …

Dinosaurs

Fiery star deaths may look different than we thought

These explosions are the most catastrophic events that occur in nature, and they happen all the time. We detect one every second in our sky; some are so large they can be seen with the naked eye, like the one Johannes Kepler observed in 1604. They’ve also been extensively researched. But a lot of …

Why Nasa’s Europa mission has people excited

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may harbour extraterrestrial life. Nasa has announced a mission to go, but Esa will get there first<p>Europa is a tantalising place orbiting the giant planet of Jupiter. Extraordinary images from the twin Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Europa’s surface was cracked in …

Astronomy

Surprise Fireball Streaks Across Stunning Night Sky (Photo)

Sometimes the best is saved for last. It certainly was the case for one night sky photographer, who was about to pack up from a night of taking time …

What Would It Be Like to Live on Venus?

Between its desiccated, red-orange landscape and surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead, Venus is our solar system's analog to hell. Setting up …

What is Dark Matter?

Roughly 80 percent of the mass of the universe is made up of material that scientists cannot directly observe. Known as dark matter, this bizarre …

Space Shots: The Universe's Best Images

A gallery of photos, visualizations, and other pictures of outer space.<p><i>This post was last updated on Friday, May 12, 2017.</i><p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we love space—and we know you do too. From seeing the nearly-true colors of Europa, a molten metal orb levitate in microgravity, or even a map of a …

Is a Tomato a Fruit? It Depends on How You Slice It

The Plate<p>Everybody knows the difference between a fruit and a vegetable, right? Fruits are tempting and scrumptious. Adam and Eve, unable to resist one, were booted from the blissful Garden of Eden; a fruit kicked off the Trojan War; and a fruit so seduced kidnapped Persephone in the Underworld …

Mark Twain

Mapping the far side of the moon

As the moon orbits the Earth, we only ever see the one side. This is because the moon is tidally locked -- a single rotation of its axis takes the same amount of time as a single orbit around the Earth, so that the same side is always facing the Earth.<p>This means that the far side of the moon is a …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …