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Here's how Popular Science covered 'Star Trek' in 1967

From the December '67 issue: 'TV's Star Trek: How they mix science fact with fiction.'<p>You're ready to believe that the fantastic adventures of television's popular spacemen will be possible in 200 years, for their "science" is a logical projection of present knowledge.<p>If you're one of the 20-odd …

Science Fiction

In Just One Week, NASA Will Launch a Spacecraft to 'Touch the Sun'

NASA is just a week away from launching its next science mission, a spacecraft called the Parker Solar Probe that will eventually "touch the sun."<p>If …

Space

A Mysterious, Powerful Force Is Flinging Radio Waves at Us from Deep Space

Our universe is teeming with invisible light. Beyond the visible spectrum, space is a colorful mess of radio signals and microwaves fired off by …

Universe

We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory

Did the continents spread apart because the planet itself is expanding? No, but a lot of good scientists used to think so.<p>“We’ve Been Wrong Before” is Popular Mechanics' encyclopedia of scientific ideas that sounded good at the time but didn't quite pan out. Today: The Expanding Earth Theory, which …

Earth Science

In Case You Missed It

MEXICO<p>Cavers and scientists in the Mexican state of Oaxaca discovered that the world's ninth-largest known cave is deeper than previously thought. …

Dinosaurs

An astounding discovery

Ancient 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting UFOs and extra-terrestrials have been found in Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh which suggest aliens …

Paranormal

The People Who Built Stonehenge Came From Wales

And they brought the stones with them.<p>The people who built Stonehenge came from Wales. They took the massive rocks that were used to build the mysterious structure from west Wales on a journey with them. That's what an international team of researchers have discovered through radiocarbon-dating …

Archaeology

Stonehenge mystery solved, says breakthrough scientific study

The ancient mystery of who built Stonehenge has been solved, according to a breakthrough study.<p>A groundbreaking new analysis of the 25 cremated remains buried at the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire has revealed that 10 of them lived nowhere near the bluestones.<p>Instead they came from western …

Archaeology

A Radar Blip, a Flash of Light: How U.F.O.s ‘Exploded’ Into Public View

In the early morning of July 20, 1952, Capt. S.C. “Casey” Pierman was ready for takeoff at Washington National Airport, when a bright light skimmed the horizon and disappeared. He did not think much of it until he was airborne, bound for Detroit, and an air traffic controller told him two or three …

Paranormal

Team discovers a first-of-its-kind material for the quantum age

A UCF physicist has discovered a new material that has the potential to become a building block in the new era of quantum materials, those that are …

Quantum Physics

Diverse genome study upends understanding of how language evolved

NEWS<p>02 August 2018<p>Research casts doubt on the idea that the <i>FOXP2</i> gene — linked to language evolution — is special to modern humans.<p>Search for this …

Evolution

Bodies Keep Shrinking on This Island, and Scientists Aren't Sure Why

In 2003, researchers digging in a mountain cave on the Indonesian island of Flores discovered astonishing fossils of a tiny, humanlike individual with a small, chimp-sized brain. They called the species Homo floresiensis.<p>These relatives of modern humans stood just over three feet tall. Several …

Humanity

Engineers use CRISPR to create a new species with just one chromosome

<b>CRISPR “MAGIC.”</b> Thought your baker’s yeast could never do anything more exciting than make bread rise? Well, think again. Two teams have remixed your …

Genetics

Scientists Present New Theory Explaining Why We're the Only Humans on Earth

"So, we thought, why not turn to the most glaring fact of all?"<p>It’s easy to forget that we’re a single species within the genus <i>Homo</i> because everyone …

Population

The ABCs of Hacking a Voting Machine

A hacker who successfully infiltrated a voting machine at last year's DEF CON will demonstrate at Black Hat USA how he did it, as well as what he …

Voting

Dr. Seuss had writer's block. Then, he spotted the Lorax in Africa.

In the early 1970s, Dr. Seuss was struggling.<p>Amid the growing environmentalist movement in the United States, punctuated by President Richard Nixon's …

Writer's Block

Ancient farmers transformed Amazon and left an enduring legacy on the rainforest

Ancient communities transformed the Amazon thousands of years ago, farming in a way which has had a lasting impact on the rainforest, a major new …

Ecology

Martian atmosphere behaves as one

New research using a decade of data from ESA's Mars Express has found clear signs of the complex martian atmosphere acting as a single, …

Space

The real palaeo diet: the nutritional value of dinosaur food

Our fascination with giant sauropod dinosaurs such as Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus and Brontosaurus stems from their colossal size. How could something 30 metres long, weighing 50 tonnes, function as a land animal? And how could something that big gain enough nutrition from plants?<p>We have little …

Carbon Dioxide

Observations of the Early Universe Reaffirm the Existence of Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Dark matter and dark energy may be weird and (as of now) inexplicable, but they do seem to exist.<p>The final data release from Europe's Planck mission, …

Dark Matter

No more zigzags: Scientists uncover mechanism that stabilizes fusion plasmas

In the PPPL simulations, magnetic flux pumping develops in "hybrid scenarios" that exist between standard regimes—which include high-confinement …

Physics

Thousands of leading AI researchers sign pledge against killer robots

For many researchers, giving machines the decision over who lives and dies crosses a moral line.<p>Thousands of scientists who specialise in artificial intelligence (AI) have declared that they will not participate in the development or manufacture of robots that can identify and attack people without …

Artificial Intelligence

Physicists Go Small: Let's Put A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

When people think of particle accelerators, they tend to think of giant structures: tunnels many miles long that electrons and protons race through at tremendous speeds, packing enormous energy.<p>But scientists in California think small is beautiful. They want to build an accelerator on semiconductor …

Physics

Butterflies Sip Turtle Tears in Stunning Video

Video recently shot in the Peruvian Amazon shows an astonishing sight: colorful butterflies drinking tears directly from the eyes of turtles basking …

Nature

Baby Snake Fossil Found Trapped in Amber Offers Clues on Evolution

In 2016, Lida Xing was combing the amber markets of Myanmar when a merchant enticed him over to his booth with what he said was the skin of a crocodile trapped in amber. When Dr. Xing inspected the specimen through its honey-colored encasement and noticed the diamond-shaped pattern of its scales, …

Dinosaurs

Loner Study Reveals the Biological Reason Isolation Isn’t Always a Problem

Going it alone might help some species survive.<p>Most of us have been taught that a preference for being alone is a bit of a red flag, even if research …

Psychology

This little robot moves in and out of the sun to care for a plant that lives on its back

Tianqi Sun, CEO of robotics firm Vincross, has created a delightful mod of his robot Hexa which cares for a houseplant when the owner is too forgetful to water it.<p>Hexa is a small crab-like looking robot, which is available to buy for $949 and is designed to give people the chance to experiment with …

Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity Was Confirmed in a Distant Galaxy

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity revolutionized how we understand space, time, and gravity. While most of us can only boast a surface-level …

Some Animals Take Turns While Talking, Just Like Humans. Why?

A good conversation should proceed like a tennis match: players each take turns responding, knowing instinctively when to speak and when to listen. …

Science Examines the Origins of Winemaking

Science and technology often seem to be cogs in a relentless wheel of progress: Someone discovers something, a contraption incorporates the idea, and …