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Archive Gallery: 137 Years of Robotic Fascination

The mailmobile, the cigarette-smoking mechanical man, Al Capone's would-be robot army and more retro robots from PopSci's archives<p>We've all heard of Roombas, robot submarines, and creepy humanoid robots, but have you ever heard of Elektro, the cigarette-smoking robot from the 1939 World's Fair, or …

New Horizons Principal Investigator Still Considers Pluto a Planet

And he thinks the upcoming flyby will prove it<p>“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck,” jokes Alan Stern, principal investigator for the New Horizons mission. In his view, the same applies to planets.<p>On July 14, New Horizons will make its …

Solar System

Is Getting Old A Disease?

Drug researchers are trying to convince the FDA that the answer is yes<p>On June 24, researchers will meet with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a very specific reason: they want to test a drug that might slow the aging process. If they succeed, they will show for the first time that aging …

Medicine

Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid is an Electrified Hatch for Japan

The Subaru Impreza lineup in Japan will grow next month with the introduction of an all-new Impreza Sport Hybrid model. Set to arrive in Japanese showrooms on July 10, the Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid will be the automaker’s second hybrid following the XV Crosstrek Hybrid.<p>The Impreza Sport Hybrid …

Porsche 918 Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Ends Production After 918 Units

For an automobile with such a small production run, the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar has spent quite a long time in the public eye.<p>More …

How to jump start a car with AA batteries

"Your car battery is dead and you like a boost to jump start? Maybe you can use AA batteries to crank the engine..."<p><i>(ElectroBOOM)</i>

The Irish rite of passage in the US

<b>The tragic death of five Irish students when a balcony fell off a building in California on Tuesday drew attention to a longstanding Irish student tradition - a summer of work, and travel, in the US. So many young people make the trip that it's become almost a rite of passage to adulthood.</b><p>For many …

The Decline of the American Actor

Why the under-40 generation of leading men in the U.S. is struggling—and what to do about it<p>Is it time for American actors to take a hard look in the mirror? Earlier this year Michael Douglas mused darkly to a magazine interviewer, “I think we have a little crisis going on amongst our young actors …

Kanye West: 'I'm not saying I'm Leonardo da Vinci, but …'

Kanye West,Music,Pop and rock,Celebrity,Glastonbury festival,UK news,Festivals,Music festivals,Life and style,Culture<p>US rapper, who has likened himself to Picasso, Shakespeare and Disney, sets sights on Renaissance polymaths ahead of Glastonbury headline slot<p>Not many contemporary artists would risk …