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Russia Just Finished A Submarine It Has Spent 20 Years Building

The 1990s are back, and they're nuclear.<p>There are college sophomores who were born after Russia began building its newest submarine. The K-329 Severodvinsk (re-designated the K-560 Severodvinsk in late 2013) is a submarine powered by a nuclear reactor and is made to hunt other submarines, ships, …

Are Fish As Intelligent As Crows, Chimps... Or People?

The science shows that fish use tools, feel pain, have long memories, and deserve better treatment from us.<p>Whether they're caught in the wild or raised in captivity, fish are a major food souce worldwide. Nearly 5 billion people worldwide got 15 percent of the animal protein in their diets from …

Cognitive Science

Lockheed's Vision: Autonomous Drones With Lasers

"A weapon that operates at Mach a million—that’s game-changing," CTO Ray Johnson tells us.<p><i>Popular Science</i> sat down with Lockheed Martin's Chief Technology Officer Ray Johnson to talk about the future of war and the future of technology. The conversation started with lasers, worked its way through …

The Wu-Tang Can: Interactive Tipping, Y’all

A tip machine that plays "C.R.E.A.M."<p>Engineer Andrew Maxwell-Parish has identified the element every tip jar lacks: Wu-Tang Clan’s masterpiece “C.R.E.A.M.” (“Cash Rules Everything Around Me”). Using a 3-D printer, a laser cutter, an Arduino microcontroller, a speaker, a battery, and other parts, he …

What Are Your Picks For The Best In Cli-Fi?

Nominate the best in pop culture about global warming for a "climate fiction" award.<p>Dan Bloom of The Wrap writes that he is organizing new annual film award: the “Cliffies,” given for excellence in “cli-fi” movies, as in <b>cli</b>mate <b>fi</b>ction.<p>Problem is, few movies about global warming or its impacts …

Q&A: To Solve The Water Problem, We Need To Solve Energy

Answers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Michael Knotekon on the "water-energy nexus"<p>Within policy circles, people often bandy about the term “water-energy nexus.” Like most wonk-speak, it’s a rather complex way to express a simple relationship. Energy production requires a tremendous amount of …

Want to Fool a Kid? Put It In Writing

Imagine you’re in an unfamiliar city trying to find a building. You ask someone on the street, and follow their instructions until you see a sign that points another way. Do you obey the sign, or follow the person’s instructions? Most adults would choose to trust written words over oral …

A Speaker That Doubles As A DJ

No more multitasking for you – go ahead and enjoy the party.<p>Streaming services are good at playing songs we’re apt to like, but they lack a certain contextual awareness. For example, they can’t tell that a listener may not want Black Sabbath at breakfast or Sinatra while working out. But the Aether …

LED Train Paintings And Other Amazing Images From This Week

How To Cure Garlic Breath

Thank you, science.<p>Counter to most vampire lore, there is no magic to the pungent odor of garlic. The stench is the result of four major sulfur-containing compounds, which, when ingested, move into the bloodstream and then out through the lungs and sweat glands. But that doesn’t make it any less …

Warships, Glenn Frey and the Gas Stations of the Ocean

The heart of an Arleigh Burke destroyer is a collection of four massive gas turbines that power the ship.<p>Four thirsty turbines.<p>The four LM 2500 maritime gas turbines ingest large quantities of air, mixes the air with fuel and the escaping gas turns turbines at a very high rate of RPM that energy …

Slither of Hope: Surgical Snakebots Are Real, And Heading For Humanity's Orifices

This past Monday, a snake-inspired robot wriggled down the throat of a live human being.<p>Make that two human beings, operated on during the same day at University Hospital Dinant Godinne in Yvoir, Belgium. The pair of procedures were an important milestone for the Flex system, marking the first time …

Plans Unveiled for World's Tallest, Pinkest Towers

China's planned buildings combine amazing height with green technologies that seem almost too good to be true.<p>The eternal competition to build the world’s tallest building has yielded striking landmarks and spectacular rivalries, both of which have escalated in the past century. With its building …

A DIY Pressure Suit for Near-Space Adventures

Space exploration might not be for everyone, but you sure can build your own spacesuit<p>In 2008, Cameron Smith, an anthropology professor at Portland State University in Oregon, decided to build a space suit. He designed the Mark I to protect himself on a high-altitude balloon ride, and so far it’s …

Obama Starts Task Force To Prevent Bee Deaths

Now here is some change you can bee-lieve in.<p>Honeybees are vital for pollinating plants that provide the fruits, nuts, and vegetables that we eat, a service that is valued at around $15 billion annually in the United States. But these and other bees are in trouble, as you may have heard--while …

Unveiling the Hidden Movements of Fecal Transplantation

It’s gross and it works.<p>Officially known as fecal microbiota transplantation, or FMT, the technique is exactly as described: fecal matter from a healthy person is placed into one suffering from chronic gastrointestinal disease. Though the practice has been around since the 1950s, there was little …

Riding Rocket to the Battlefield

The US Army’s most notable contribution to the early space age might be its Redstone missile. The result of German engineers their V-2 missile in America, it was the rocket that launched Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom on their suborbital Mercury missions in 1961. But years before it launched …

How To Predict A Lifetime Of Diseases

A new data-mining project analyzes Danish health records to chart the trajectory of diseases throughout a life.<p>Doctors have long suspected that those who have heart disease also tend to get gout. Knowing correlations like this is important for predicting and preparing for what will happen to …

2014: Will It Be The Hottest Year Ever?

Last month was the warmest May in recorded history—and if El Nino gets its way in late 2014, this year could be the balmiest ever.<p>Last month was the warmest-ever May in the history of temperature records, leaving atmospheric scientists to wonder: Will 2014 go down as the hottest year ever?<p>“For 351 …

Crowd-Cataloguing The Guns Of World War One

The guns of August, and September, and 49 more bloody months.<p>A century ago this week, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, sparking a chain of events that would ultimately become World War I. Fought primarily between a German, Austro-Hungarian, and Turkish alliance …

Harley-Davidson Has A Real LiveWire, Also Known As Its First Electric Motorcycle

Sun-tanned men and women in jeans and leather vests, many with bandanas and tattoos, cluster on the sidewalk. They are standing before a row of shiny new Harleys leaning on kickstands outside a dealership in lower Manhattan.<p>But something is different about these Harleys. And there is an unusual air …

How Sketchy Research Got Us All Eating Low Fat

Selective research and skewed results<p>As journalist Paul John Scott (not to be confused with John Paul Scott, the only Alcatraz inmate to conclusively reached San Francisco during an escape attempt) writes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota bears the blame for the wrong-headed low-fat diet …

New CombatGuard Four-Wheeler Is An Armored ATV

Where it's going, there probably aren't roads.<p>Half the battle is getting everybody to the battle. Shown off Friday at the Eurosatory defense conference and exhibition in Paris, the CombatGuard is a new military troop carrier that wants to bring more troops to battle over rougher, harder ground. …

What Happens If You Have A Heart Attack In Space?

I flew in zero-G with a team of college students testing a device that could save astronauts' lives.<p>We're weightless, about 34,000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico, trying not to vomit from motion sickness while wiggling an ultrasound probe into the esophagus of a $26,000 mannequin. In a moment, the …

Supreme Court Ruling Protects Cell Phone Privacy

Warranted.<p>This morning the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a unanimous 9-0 decision on Riley v. California that police cannot, with few exceptions, search a cell phone without a warrant to do so. The whole opinion is structured as a critique of warrantless data collection, based on …

RC Plane Drawn With A 3-D Printing Pen Really Flies

Turning sketches into things<p>If you can draw an airplane on paper, you could be well on your way to making a (toy) plane in real life. Just check out this project from maker and blogger Matt Butchard. He created a remote controlled toy plane using a 3Doodler, a $99, pen-like, hand-held 3-D …

Listen To Lightning Strikes Live On This Citizen-Scientist Map

Then make your own detector to contribute to the map!<p>If you visit Blitzortung.org, you'll hear an irregular succession of snaps or pops. Each little zap represents a lightning strike occurring somewhere in the land you see on the map. The strikes are captured by a network of citizen detectors, then …

When Plants Get ... Radioactive?

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>In the final part of our series on hyperaccumulators, we take a look at those who go above and beyond the call of duty by helping people clean up the nastiest of pollutants: solvents, hydrocarbons, and …

Cardboard + Smartphone = Sweet DIY Augmented Reality Goggles

Looking to get away to Paris this winter, but concerned about the cost? Worry not; for the price of a pair of lab safety goggles, a cardboard box and an HTC Magic (even better if the HTC magic comes in a large cardboard box), this DIY augmented reality headset can transport you anywhere in the …

Wild Contraception: Beyond a Happy Ending

Pests like deer, rats, and coyotes make up one side of the wildlife contraception story, but what happens when you need to control a population of animals that humans have sought to save? Once hunted to the brink of extinction, species like elephants and seals have made excellent recoveries—but as …