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'Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus Says He Would've 'Rocked' Gay Storyline

Norman Reedus might not have the opportunity to play out a gay storyline on "The Walking Dead," but if he did, he'd rock it.<p>The actor discussed his character Daryl Dixon's sexuality with Conan O'Brien Wednesday. Fans were buzzing about the hunky badass over the summer as theories circulated that …

Homer Simpson Nearly Calculated the Mass of the Higgs Boson ‘God Particle’ Years Before It Was Discovered

In his book <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i>, author Simon Singh claims that in the 1998 episode of <i>The Simpsons</i> titled “The Wizard of …

Physics

Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

Peak tomato season — July through September here on the East Coast — is almost upon us, and the anticipation is palpable. Before we know it, those super sweet, juicy fruits, grown outdoors under the hot sun, will be back in abundance.<p>We tend to fetishize summer tomatoes, especially heirloom …

Conan Plays Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Says "America Just Lost"

Japan’s Lawmakers Launch Campaign Against ‘Comfort Women’ Memorials

Japanese conservatives are taking the offensive in the battle over World War II sex slaves — and it seems likely to do them more harm than good.<p>Some …

The science behind why birds fly in a V-formation

You've heard of being a copycat, but what about a copyflap? That's apparently just what birds are doing when flying in a V-formation, something that's frequently seen when giant flocks migrate across the skies each year. A new study published by the Royal Veterinary College in Hatfield, UK suggests …

Birds

Zombies in Real Life: A Man’s Horrific Experience

In 1980, Clairvius Narcisse checked himself into a hospital in Deschapelle, Haiti, almost 20 years after his family had buried him in their village’s …

Wade Davis

Supercomputer Takes 40 Minutes To Create Super-Detailed Model Of 1 Second Of Brain Activity

The human brain won't be surpassed by computers any time soon.<p>Futurists have long talked about the day when computers become as powerful and versatile as the human brain. A recent simulation shows that day is not exactly imminent. In one of the most accurate simulations of the human brain to date, …

Shhhh? Scientists need to talk about not talking

Felicity Mellor: Collaboration, openness and communication may be key to modern science, but we must remember the role of solitude, secrets and silence too.<p>Round the back of the British Library in London, a new building is taking shape. Due to open in 2015, the Crick Institute is set to become one …

An Indigenous Malaysian Language Describes Smells As Precisely As English Describes Colors

Researchers had assumed all humans were just bad at describing odors, but it turns out that's a cultural problem, not a biological one.<p>You often get a good idea of what things will taste like from a restaurant menu's descriptions. But try doing the same with descriptions of perfumes in catalogs, …

China Clones Pigs and Sequences “Cute Animals” on an Industrial Scale

China is cloning animals and sequencing genes on an unparalleled scale, producing as many as 500 genetically copied pigs a year, according to a BBC …

Should we send artists into space?

Chris Hadfield captured public imagination when he covered David Bowie's Space Oddity in orbit. But what if Bowie had been sent into space instead? What would he have come up with?<p>Chris Hadfield is many things: a highly trained engineer, pilot and experienced astronaut. But, as we all know, it was …

Space Exploration

A day later, caffeine stimulates memory

Caffeine helps people remember fine distinctions between similar things at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed, new research shows.<p>“We’ve …

Kanye West Sues The Makers Of 'Coinye' Cryptocurrency

[insert "best cryptocurrency of all time" joke here]<p>Despite his love for science fiction, we only too rarely get an opportunity to post about Kanye West here at <i>Popular Science</i>. So when that opportunity arises--when, say, West is suing a knockoff version of bitcoin--we wholeheartedly jump on board.<p>A …

Video: A Marine With A Prosthetic Hand Controlled By His Own Muscles

Staff Sergeant James Sides lost his right arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Now he's the first patient in an FDA trial testing an implantable, muscle-connected controller for prosthetics.<p>Out on a routine reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Marine Staff Sergeant James …

Physicists come together to explore mechanics of collective motion

Researchers hope to cast light on the intelligence of groups by taking a lead from starlings and sardines<p>Despite what management gurus may say, it is not always necessary for a group to have a leader. Acting almost like a single body, a group may very well do without one.<p>Indeed, there are plenty of …

Blending fracking wastewater could be a 'win-win' - Futurity

Much of the naturally occurring radioactivity in fracking wastewater might be removed by blending it with another wastewater from acid mine drainage.

Environment