James Alton

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Lava lake on Hawaii’s Volcano Overflows In Spectacular Show

A lake of lava on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been rising over the past week and, at times, overflowing in a spectacular show.<p>Video posted online by …

Nearly 40 Years After Mount St. Helens' Deadly Eruption, It's 'Recharging'

Are we ready?<p>It's been 37 years as of last Thursday since the Mount St. Helens volcano in the US state of Washington exploded, taking 57 lives and …

Geology

Tempers Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — For Malcolm Suber, the Confederate monuments that dot this Deep South city stand for white supremacy, pure and simple. Instead of just taking them down, Mr. Suber, an African-American activist and organizer, would like to see the city pass out sledgehammers and “let everybody take a …

From oral history, a 14,000-year-old archaeological discovery

In their oral history, the Heiltsuk people describe how the area around Triquet Island, on the western coast of their territory in British Columbia, remained open land during the ice age.<p>“People flocked there for survival because everywhere else was being covered by ice, and all the ocean was …

Anthropology

What’s a safe distance between us and a supernova?

And how many potentially exploding stars are located within the unsafe distance?<p>A supernova is a star explosion – destructive on a scale almost …

Why T. Rex Had Such Puny Arms

The fearsome predator has some pretty mockable forelimbs. Why exactly are the T. rex's arms so small?<p>The <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> was one of the most notorious predators this planet has ever seen. Adults measured around 40 feet long and had teeth the size of large knives. But one aspect of the T. Rex is …

Tyrannosaurus Rex

1922 house and furnishings made entirely from varnished paper

Having successfully invented the paperclip-bending machine, engineer Elis F. Stenman set out to build a new summer home for himself in Rockport, Mass …

If Earth's orbit is so crowded, why don't we see space junk in photos of the Earth?

It’s a matter of perspective<p>Sometimes, when we post a cool picture of the Earth taken from space, <i>Popular Science</i> gets questions about why, if there's so much garbage in space, we don't see an orbital landfill circling our planet in pictures of the Earth.<p>No, it’s not some massive conspiracy, and …

The most complex problem in physics could be solved by machines with brains

I work in computational quantum condensed-matter physics: the study of matter, materials, and artificial quantum systems. Complex problems are our thing.<p>Researchers in our field are working on hyper-powerful batteries, perfectly efficient power transmission, and ultra-strong materials—all important …

Machine Learning

IceCube Closes in on Mysterious Nature of Neutrinos

Buried under the Antarctic ice, the IceCube experiment was designed primarily to capture particles called neutrinos that are produced by powerful …

Physics

Researchers Just Found Evidence of an Ancient 'Lost Continent' Under Mauritius

Earth still has some massive secrets.<p>Newly discovered crystals expelled from volcanic eruptions on the island of Mauritius are billions of years …

Science: Cats Aren’t Dumb, They’re Just Huge Jerks

Man’s best friend is no longer the smartest pet sleeping on your living room floor. In the category of “news everyone already suspected” it turns out cats aren’t as dumb as they’re pretending to be. Who knew, right?<p>According to a study from Kyoto University, not only are cats not just mushy lumps …

Living Rooms

How Our Solar System Will End In The Far Future

It took 13.8 billion years of cosmic evolution to bring us here. Generations of stars had to live and die to create the heavy elements; small proto-galaxies had to merge together to create the Milky Way; interstellar gas clouds had to collapse and form new stars with rocky planets around them; …

Universe

Electrek green energy brief: CO2 slows in US 27% over past decade, Scandinavian wind farms threatened by Russian Warships, & more

Flat electricity demand allowing renewables to be part of slowing CO2 in USA – The author estimated that, “CO2 emissions from U.S. electricity generation in 2016 will be 27 percent below the baseline level from 2005.” The Northeast USA saw a fall in total electricity sales in 2015. All the while, …

Renewable Energy

Tiny Spacecraft Sees Water at Rosetta's Comet While Stranded in Solar Orbit

A tiny Japanese spacecraft stranded after a botched engine burn nixed its mission to an asteroid has provided a key measurement of water in the comet …

Space

A 360-degree tour of a WWII ‘shadow factory’

It was first a secret aircraft engine factory in World War Two, before becoming a huge nuclear bunker. Explore the immense Drakelow Tunnels in England for yourself.<p>At the outbreak of World War Two, with German bombing targeting key infrastructure, it was clear that the production of vital parts of …

Evidence that an ancient Pueblo site was built out of “golden rectangles”

An applied mathematician discovers geometric logic in Colorado's Sun Temple ruins.<p>A millennium ago, the Pueblo peoples were constructing incredible …

Prediction of merging stars may solve one of Hubble’s greatest mysteries

What caused the incredible eruption that Hubble caught on film? A predicted merger in 5 years might show us.<p><i>“We have chased away the clouds, the sky</i> …

This explorer discovered human time warp by living in a cave

On July 16, 1962, French geologist Michel Siffre entered a darkened cave, where he planned to remain for two months.<p>Tracking the days according to …

A Journey Into the Void

And should colonists on Mars be allowed to eat each other?<p><b>ON JULY 21, 1969,</b> when the Apollo 11 crew was due to depart the lunar surface after a 22-hour visit, two speeches were placed on President Richard Nixon’s desk. “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will …

Study Suggests Pompeii’s Artifacts Were Well Worn

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA—<i>USA Today</i> reports that a team of researchers including Theodore Peña of the University of California, Berkeley, is analyzing …

A farmer's story of moles could have led to lost city

Stuart Wilson says people thought he was crazy when he gambled $39,000—his life savings—on a 4.6-acre field in Wales. Having heard a farmer's story about moles digging up bits of pottery on the land, the amateur archaeologist tells the <i>Guardian</i> he had a hunch that something important lay beneath, …

Last Time The Ocean Was This Hot, Sea Levels Got Up to 9 Metres Higher

A glimpse of what's to come?<p>More than 100,000 years ago, a period of unusually warm sea surface temperatures saw the oceans rise up to 9 metres …

Global Warming

Philippine President Duterte Threatens to Impose Martial Law

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to impose martial law on the country if he deems it necessary to continue his administration’s violent crackdown against illegal drugs.<p>"I have to protect the Filipino people. It is my duty. And I tell you now, if I have to declare martial law, I …

Asia

13 of the Most Incredible Boeing 747s

Air Force One, the Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, the Sultan of Brunei's jet—here are some of the most lavish and advanced 747s to ever take to the skies.<p>The "Queen of the Skies" has been in service since 1970, following its first test flight the year before. The decades have been good to this …