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Meet the designers behind Bill Gates's super-condom

Photograph: Apex Medical Technologies<p>Beef with your condom? … Reconstituted collagen film from beef tendon, which could be used for condoms. Photograph: Apex Medical …

Apple Crosses Its Hardware Rubicon

According to legend, a vision delivered by the gods caused Julius Caesar to commit the ultimate act of insurrection by crossing the Rubicon. Splashing through this minor river dividing Caesar’s province from Italy proper committed him to an inevitable armed conflict with the Roman Senate.<p>Though …

Life From Mars

Could life on Earth have been seeded by Martian life forms hitching a ride on a meteorite? Chemist Steven Benner says that crucial elements for the precursors of organisms on our planet would have only been available on Mars three billion years ago. Benner and planetary scientist Christopher McKay …

Gut microbes from slim people could prevent obesity, study finds

Altering the bacteria in your gut could lead to major changes in your weight. A study from Washington University in St. Louis is among the latest looking into the increasingly popular subject of how gut microbes can affect the body at large, and it found that weight gain may be preventable by …

Deep In The Pacific, Scientists Discover Biggest Volcano On Earth

The world's largest volcano has until now been lurking undiscovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, according to a team of scientists who identified the massive object and reported their findings in the latest issue of Nature Geoscience.<p>The newly revealed Tamu Massif volcano — located about …

NASA officially joins Instagram, shares historic moon photos ahead of rocket launch

NASA is nearly everywhere on social media — Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, YouTube, and even Foursquare. But it wasn't until today that NASA, as an agency, officially joined on Instagram. If you use the photo sharing service and are a fan of space, science, or generally beautiful images, NASA …

Did Life on Earth Come From Mars?

Two scientists present new data on great cosmic questions.<p><b>Did life begin on Mars and then travel to Earth for its blossoming?</b><p><b>A long-debated and often-dismissed theory known as "panspermia" got new life in the past week, as two scientists separately proposed that early Earth lacked some chemicals</b> …

Popular Science Homepage

Latest News<p>Animals<p>Popular Now<p>The movement of human beings off the planet out into the Universe; first the Moon, and then Mars, and then who knows where, is just beginning and there is nothing that can stop it."<p>Videos<p>In this exclusive clip, Tyson asks Hawking your standard softball interview …

Clear Cranial Implant Lets Doctors See Into The Brain

Some skulls really just need a window view.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have debuted a new transparent cranial implant that could let doctors peek inside the brain without having to drill a new hole in the skull every time--a technique that could allow for easier …

Drones Are Now Delivering Packages In One Chinese City

Like robot courier pigeons, with about the same carrying capacity<p>After a user on the Chinese social media site Weibo posted about seeing flying robots with the SF Express logo, the delivery company admitted that it has begun trials of package-delivery drones in the city of Dongguan in southeast …

New Imaging Technique Shows Surgeons Where Tumors End And Brains Begin

A new way to look at brain tissue in real-time could help surgeons know they're removing all the tumor tissue in a patient's brain.<p>Scientists from the Harvard University and the University of Michigan have developed a way to image brain tumors to reveal exactly where the tumor cells end and the …

Can the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building really melt a car?

This week it was reported that sunlight reflected from a London skyscraper melted parts of a Jaguar sports car and sparked a fire. Is this possible? The team behind Head Squeeze decided to find out.<p>Number 20 Fenchurch Street, or the “Walkie Talkie”, as the distinctively shaped building is known to …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Strong earthquake in Guatemala injures many, one dead

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Guatemala last night caused injuries, in part from collapsing buildings. One woman died of a heart attack during the …

What Sound Does A Fox Really Make?

A Norwegian dance-pop song called "The Fox" asks the question: the cow goes moo, the duck goes quack, but what sound does the fox make? We have the answer!<p>A music video from a Norwegian duo called Ylvis is primed to, as the<p>kidsmarketers say, "go viral," because it is catchy and weird and foreign …

Earth's Largest Volcano Found

The base is nearly as big as New Mexico!<p>A megavolcano found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is being reported as the largest single volcano on Earth. Tamu Massif, as the megavolcano is called, may be as voluminous as Olympus Mons on Mars, which is regarded as the Solar System's largest known …

E-Cigarettes May Match The Patch In Helping Smokers Quit

Electronic cigarettes are sparking lots of skepticism from public health types worried they may be a gateway to regular smoking.<p>But the cigarettes, which use water vapor to deliver nicotine into the lungs, may be as good as the patch when it comes to stop-smoking aids, a study finds.<p>Smokers who …

How to live longer – the experts' guide to ageing

<b>JERRALD RECTOR, 26: Lift weights for better immunity</b><p><b>By the time we reach 80, most of us will be infected with a type of herpes virus which erodes the immune system and takes years off your life without you even knowing it. PhD student Jerrald Rector, at the University of Birmingham, knows he has</b> …

Spot Exoplanets With Your Home Telescope, Using Free NASA Software

The new software measures varying light phenomena, accounting for distortions from the Earth's atmosphere and any stray clouds.<p>Well, this is what you bought that new telescope camera for, right?<p>NASA is releasing, for free, a bit of software that allows those with telescopes to detect planets …

Sexiest parts of the body revealed by neuroscientists

The mind, said Raquel Welch, is an erogenous zone. And it is the brain, and how it organises our erogenous zones, that has intrigued scientists for decades. Why is a nuzzled neck sexy when few would be turned on by a nuzzled nose? And why do men seem to have fewer erogenous zones than women? A new …

Climate Change Leaves Hares Wearing The Wrong Colors

The effects of climate change often happen on a large scale, like drought or a rise in sea level. In the hills outside Missoula, Mont., wildlife biologists are looking at a change to something very small: the snowshoe hare.<p>Life as snowshoe hare is pretty stressful. For one, almost everything in the …

A GPS-Tracked Prairie Chicken Has Wandered 1,180 Miles Since April

The winding journeys of prairie chicken No. 112 make your Fitbit step count look like chump change.<p>A female prairie chicken is putting all other summer road trips to shame. Her circular jaunts around Iowa and Missouri added up to 1,180 miles between April and August--more than 200 miles a …