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10 Things We're Obsessed With In September

Some thing are just ... better<p><i>This article was originally published in the September 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title “Obsessed.”</i>

Crude oil prices dive 7%

Oil prices continued on their wild roller coaster ride Tuesday, as weak Chinese manufacturing data sent prices tumbling lower.<p>A 7% dive to $45 a barrel comes after prices soared higher to close Monday above $49 a barrel -- a nearly 30% rise in three days.<p>Just a week ago, oil plummeted below $38 a …

#iLookLikeAnEngineer: engineers take to Twitter to dispel all-male myth

Recruiting advert spawns trending global gender and diversity campaign #iLookLikeAnEngineer, leading thousands to post pictures in support<p>Thousands of female engineers have taken to Twitter to dispel the myth that all engineers are men.<p>Posting under the hashtag #iLookLikeAnEngineer, women working …

Social Media

Bridges 2015: a meeting of maths and art - in pictures

The Bridges Conference is an annual event that explores the connections between art and mathematics. Here is a selection of the work being exhibited this year, from a Pi pie which vibrates the number pi onto your hand to delicate paper structures demonstrating number sequences. This year’s …

Bridges

Warren Buffett $2.8 Billion Donation Gets Supersized -- By Taxpayers

Uber-billionaire Warren Buffett has just donated more than $2.8 <i>billion</i> to charity. How one arrives at this figure involves some math, and also tax considerations. He made the donation by transfering 20.64 million Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares. The announcement was made on the company’s website. …

Finance

Opec: oil demand on the up but US output growth is slowing

World's major oil-producing group sees more balanced oil market as US supply growth is expected to slow<p>The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has signalled the oil market may be turning slowly back in its favour after it revised upwards its forecast for world oil demand once again, …

The dark side of Google's focus on massive world-changing projects

Instead of improving something by 10%, the company strives to work on projects that are 10 <i>times</i> better than anything else out there.<p>"A big part of my job is to get people focused on things that are not just incremental," CEO Larry Page told Wired in 2013.<p>Getting to chase big ideas instead of simply …

8 Lessons Learned Studying World-Class Achievers

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As someone who has aspirations but, admittedly, is not world-class at anything, I’m always curious about the origins of those who are the very best at what they do. I've learned eight lessons from studying the elite in …

Motivation

BP Will Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Deepwater Horizon Case

A huge amount of money, but the cleanup still goes on<p>The Department of Justice and oil company BP announced today that they had reached an $18.7 billion settlement over issues related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Back in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 people and sending …

BP set to pay largest environmental fine in US history for Gulf oil spill

• BP will pay $18.7bn after the justice department and four states sued<br>• Money will be divided among states and earmarked for cleanup projects<p>BP has agreed to pay a record environmental fine of $18.7bn to settle legal actions brought by the US and several states over the fatal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil …

Environment

Recycled oil field wastewater is clean, Chevron test results show

Results of the most recent testing of recycled oil field wastewater that Chevron sells to Kern County farmers for irrigation showed no traces of methylene chloride, an industrial solvent that had appeared in previous testing conducted by a clean water advocacy group.<p>Chevron sells 21 million gallons …

Oil price falls as Saudi Arabia pushes Opec cartel to hold production levels

Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi, who wants to target US shale producers, claims latest Opec meeting was ‘amicable’ despite some exporters seeking higher prices<p>Saudi Arabia has bulldozed fellow members of the Opec oil cartel to hold production levels at the current level, ensuring lower crude and …

Oil

The war on coal is real, and one side is clearly winning

In an in-depth new report from Politico, one of the coal industry's top figures spoke frankly about the success of activists who have helped close almost 200 coal plants in the last five years.<p>"They're sophisticated, they're very active, and they're better funded than we are," Mike Duncan, …

9 steps for solving income inequality — and why we need to be talking about them

REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth<p>Tim Smeeding, a professor of public affairs and economics at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin — Madison, has a few ideas on how to solve income inequality in the US.<p>Lane Kenworthy, a sociology professor at UC San Diego, posted Smeeding's …

Heating houses with 'nerd power'

<b>All computers produce heat, but computer servers produce a lot of heat - so much that it usually costs a fortune to cool them down. So why isn't this heat used instead to keep homes or offices warm? Actually, "nerd power" is already being tried out.</b><p>Ask Jerry van Waardhuizen about his new radiator …

5 basic questions your financial adviser should be asking

What should you expect out of your first meeting with a financial advisor? Carl Richards, author of <i>The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be</i> …

Get Ready For The Real Story Behind Disney’s $1 Billion Attempt To Reinvent Its Iconic Theme Park

Innovation is messy, even in the Magic Kingdom.<p><i>The complete story is now available – Read The Messy Business Of Reinventing Happiness</i><p>Since as early as 2007, Disney has been working on MyMagic+, an innovative project to reinvent the experience at its iconic Disney World park. The company invested …

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Bond king: Stop being 'cute' and buying energy stocks

Don't bank on a dramatic comeback for energy stocks.<p>That's the message from Jeffrey Gundlach, the so-called king of the bond markets.<p>A gigantic supply glut has caused oil prices to tumble to just $52 a barrel today. That's down a whopping 51% from a June peak of $107.<p>The oil crash has led to …

Google's Driverless Cars Are Learning How To Avoid Cows

Bovine safety is serious business<p>When it comes to self-driving cars, the possibilities are seemingly limitless. In the past year, we've heard all kinds of interesting announcements, including prototype cars that can go really fast, self-driving cars driving across the country, and even self-flying …

How To Map Your Room's Wi-Fi Strength With A Wood Mill [Video]

Because those streaming cat videos won't wait<p>Why should you guess where a Wi-Fi hotspot is when you could view it in color?<p>A computer scientist has devised a way to build colorful 3D maps of Wi-Fi strength. His keys tools: a color-changing LED light, a laptop, and naturally, a wood mill.<p>Dominique …

How To Make Your Own Hologram-Projecting Glasses

For less than the cost of a movie ticket<p>Augmented reality glasses are hotter than Drake right now. Last fall, Microsoft’s Hololens glasses dazzled us with promises of ‘holograms’ beamed throughout our workplaces. NASA announced this week that they plan to guide astronauts with projection glasses. …

SXSW 2015: AeroMobil Says It Will Put Its Flying Car On The Market In 2017

And once that's done? A self-flying car<p><i>Updated 3/16/2015, 4:33 p.m. ET.</i><p>In October 2014, Slovakian company AeroMobil unveiled a prototype vehicle that exhilarated <i>Back To The Future</i> fans, as well as pretty much everyone else: the long fantasized flying car. Dubbed AeroMobil 3.0, the car/plane hybrid …

Reimagining The American Muscle Car

Chevy's 2015 Corvette Z06 is luxurious as well as badass<p>For decades, the Chevrolet Corvette tempted drivers with a simple proposition: lots of power in a light, well-balanced, and totally badass package. That was enough to make it one of the most iconic American cars ever built, rivaling any import …

New Liquid-Based 3D Printer Takes Minutes, Not Hours

Plus it has a real Terminator vibe<p>Rapid prototyping may soon get a whole lot more rapid, thanks to an entirely new method of 3D printing. Instead of taking hours to 3D-print something, it might soon take minutes.<p>The UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, who described their new process in the journal <i>Science</i>, …

Why Artificial Intelligence Will Not Obliterate Humanity

It's not smart enough to turn sinister<p>Elon Musk is terrified of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts it’ll soon be "potentially more dangerous than nukes," and recently he gave $10 million toward research to "keep AI beneficial." Stephen Hawking has likewise …

Light-Up Fabric Could Make Glowing Clothing An Everyday Reality

Flashy threads? That's an understatement<p>The stylish glowing jumpsuits of the Tron-like future have just come a step closer, with the creation of a weavable fabric that lights up. Huisheng Peng and colleagues from Fundan University in Shanghai and UCLA created 1-millimeter thin fibers made from …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

Cheap oil prices chop jobs by thousands

Planned oil industry layoffs in the U.S. are approaching 100,000 in the past four months with more likely to come.<p>Oil-producing states such as North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana are catching the brunt of the cutbacks just as consumers are enjoying cheaper gasoline prices brought on by the …

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The 10 most beautiful cars money can buy

Cars are more than just a means to get from point a to point b. They can be works of rolling automotive art. Legendary designers such as Marcello Gandini, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and more recently Ian Callum are artistic geniuses as much as they're "car guys."<p>While beauty is without a doubt purely in …

Oil slumps to new lows on supply glut

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for February tanked to $48.49 a barrel, touching a low last witnessed in late April 2009.<p>In morning deals in London, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in February dived to $51.23 per barrel, the lowest level since early May of the same year.<p>"The oil price fell …