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Same-Sex Marriage Doesn't Affect Opposite-Sex Marriage Rates, Study Finds

Imagine that!<p>The data sets are in, and marriage equality isn't the harbinger of death for "traditional" marriage between men and women, according to a study from the School of Community Health at Portland State University published recently in PLOS ONE.<p>The study took the number of opposite-sex …

NASA Will Join Japan And Italy On Mission To Mercury

A third trip so close to the sun<p>The U.S. is joining Italy and Japan on a trip to Mercury. Once there, the joint mission will determine the makeup and history of a planet that's been difficult to study because of its proximity to the sun.<p>NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Rome last week and …

Searching For A Material To Make Solar Pants

A new crowd-sourced effort found 35,000 promising molecules that could make light, flexible solar power materials.<p>Say you wanted to make a pair of pants that are also able to act as solar panels. (Why not?) How do you know where to start to look for a material that would work for your …

The Cure For Cancer Could Be Found In Space

Biologists find microgravity conditions are optimal for cancer research.<p>Cancer researchers looking for a breakthrough might want to relocate to the International Space Station. Biologists have found that microgravity research and other space-based experiments provide greater insight into abnormal …

Excerpt From 'Abaddon's Gate'

Abaddon's Gate is available on Amazon.<p>Manéo Jung-Espinoza – Néo to his friends back on Ceres station – huddled in the cockpit of the little ship he'd christened the Y Que. After almost three months, there were maybe fifty hours left before he made history. The food had run out two days before. The …

Excerpt From 'Parasite'

Parasite is available for pre-order on Amazon.<p>August 17, 2015: Time stamp 15:06.<p>[The recording is crisp enough to look like a Hollywood film, too polished to be real. The lab is something out of a science fiction movie, all pristine white walls and gleaming glass and steel equipment. Only one thing …

Counterpoint: The U.S. Could Totally Kill Edward Snowden With A Drone Strike

Here's how<p>In a recent PopularScience.com post, contributing writer Kelsey Atherton suggests that Edward Snowden is at no risk from a U.S. drone strike in Hong Kong because of Chinese air defenses and the risk of collateral damage in the densely populated city.<p>It's true that a strike by a Predator …

A Brief History Of The Demise Of Battle Bots

Blame the wedges!<p>Robot battling was poised to become a true sport of the future. It had all the right elements: mad science, gladiatorial combat, plucky garage inventors, and televised action. So what killed it? A brutally effective, utterly simple machine called the wedge bot.<p>The wedge-style bot …

Before-And-After Satellite Images Show Villages Destroyed In Darfur

Human Rights Watch has released near-infrared satellite images confirming the destruction of the town of Abu Jeradil and surrounding villages in Central Darfur. The April 2013 attack is believed to have killed 42 people and burned 2,800 buildings—88 percent of all buildings in the area.<p>According to …

A Plan For The World's Tallest Wood Skyscraper

It's like a giant's whittling project.<p>Look at this futuristic skyscraper design! Construction for it would dump less CO2 into the atmosphere than traditional steel construction! It'd be cheaper to build! It'd be made out of--uh, wood, actually.<p>The proposed design, from architecture firm C. F. …

Aww: Watch A Robotic Cheetah Cub Run

The cheetah cub is the fastest quadruped under about 66 lbs.<p>A mechanical cheetah cub joins the Noah's Ark that has captivated robotics in recent years. Today Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL)'s Biorobotics Laboratory (Biorob) published a study detailing experiments on the cheetah cub …

Two Men Arrested For Trying To Build An X-Ray Gun [Updated]

Which leaves us with the important question: Could an X-ray weapon actually work?<p>On Wednesday, the New York Times reported the curious case of Glendon Scott Crawford, a man with Ku Klux Klan connections who wanted to build an X-ray weapon to "help Israel kill its enemies while they slept." It's an …

Drink A Photo Of Your Face On Top Of Your Latte

Do it, weirdo.<p>At what appear to be the Taiwanese equivalent of the coffee kiosk at a 7/11, coffee drinkers can get something they can't get at any of the finest third-wave coffee shops in all of Seattle, Brooklyn, Chicago, or Portland. The mini-chain, called Let's Cafe, lets you print your own face …

How Mayor Bloomberg Plans To Strengthen NYC Against Rising Seas

The New York City mayor's new $20 billion storm preparation plan is based on some scary data about how the city will look by the 2050s.<p>Earlier today, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg rolled out a wide-reaching, $20 billion plan to fortify the city against the future effects of climate change, …

Why The U.S. Won't Dare Kill Edward Snowden With A Drone Strike

There are about 1,100 compelling reasons why the NSA leaker shouldn't fear death from above.<p>Edward Snowden, a former CIA contractor turned National Security Agency leaker, is hiding out in Hong Kong. Former congressman Ron Paul fears that the United States will try to kill Snowden with a drone …

School District To Pay Science Teachers More Than English Teachers

Welcome to market-based compensation.<p>For most public schools, teachers get paid on the same scale regardless of which subject they teach. But a Colorado school district has decided to pay salaries based on supply and demand instead, <i>Reuters</i> reports, which means high school science teachers will earn …

New Hope For Regrowing Severed Limbs, Just Like Lizards' Tails

Pretty good superpower to have, if you ask me.<p>Some lizards and amphibians have the ability to regrow severed tails or limbs--in fact, the blue-tailed skink abandons its tail intentionally to distract predators. But humans, despite our amazing advancements in the field of spying on each other, are …

The Best Ever Maps Of Our Two Nearest Galaxies

Say hello to the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, like you've never seen them before.<p>Thanks to NASA's Swift satellite and astronomers from both NASA and Penn State University, we can now feast our eyes on this: the most detailed ultraviolet light survey ever of the two closest galaxies to …

There's a Downpour in MoMA's 'Rain Room', But You Won't Get Wet - Technabob

You never know what you’ll find or walk into when you’re at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. For example, Random International’s “Rain …

Anti-Crack Ad is Slowly Eaten by Insects: This is Your Brain on Bugs - Technabob

People know that smoking is bad for their health. Most of them are also aware of the fact that doing drugs might make them loopy. Yet people still …

Manned Mars Missions Will Need Superfast New Propulsion Systems to Beat Radiation Threat

To keep astronauts safe and healthy during future missions to Mars, superfast new propulsion technologies will likely be necessary, experts …

Scientists suggest cosmic 'billiards' to protect Earth from asteroids

The meteorite that blew up over Russia's Urals in mid-February, leaving 1,500 injured, came as a striking reminder of how vulnerable we are on our …

Doomsday: 9 Real Ways the Earth Could End

From catastrophic climate change to hostile aliens, Hollywood routinely envisions apocalyptic endings to humanity's stint on planet Earth.<p>For …

Five ways to become an astronaut

Our space correspondent turns careers advisor to help get BBC Future readers into space.<p>Everyone has dreamt about being an astronaut, right? Floating above the Earth, looking down on the oceans, clouds and continents. Kicking up the dust as you bound across the magnificent desolation of the lunar …

Are Jupiter’s moons our best chance to find alien life?

We have good reason to believe that some of Jupiter’s moons could have life. A new probe mission aims to head there and find out.<p>Opportunity, the older (and smaller) rover cousin of Curiosity made the headlines last week when it discovered more conditions that could have supported life on Mars in …

Turning waste into building blocks of the future city

Modern cities create vast quantities of waste. But rather than causing a crisis, could these overflowing landfills help create urban landscapes of the future? In the third of Building Tomorrow’s expert viewpoints, urban designer Mitchell Joachim looks at ways our trash can be turned into …

Concept Skyscraper Generates Its Own Energy, Looks Like A Toilet Brush

The, erm, splashy future of skyscrapers<p>In the future, all buildings will resemble massive toilet brushes. Perhaps not, but that's the net-zero energy future of skyscrapers envisioned by Belatchew Arkitekter in an idea called STRAWSCRAPER which, in spite of the toilet brush comparison, is actually …

Are Autonomous Helicopters The Next 18-Wheelers?

The K-MAX drone made a name for itself transporting supplies to troops in Afghanistan. Will the unmanned helicopter start delivering commercial cargo in the U.S.?<p>The K-MAX optionally-manned helicopter is a powerful battlefield work horse. Over the past 16 months, two (yes, just two) K-MAX drones …

Middle Eastern Hackers Attacking U.S. Power Companies

There's currently a wave of attacks against power plants, according to new reports.<p>Middle Eastern hackers have been attacking U.S. utility companies and trying to gain control of their computer systems, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported recently.<p>Customers haven't seen any effects …