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Scientists Make Energy-Generating Keyboard That Knows Who’s Typing On It

Passwords continue to be a glaring weakness in digital security. And while biometric alternatives, such as fingerprint readers, are finding their way onto more consumer electronics devices, they are not without their limitations either. So what about tightening the security screw further by …

Have We Found Alien Life?

Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others<p><i>This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a …

Bubble-Propelled Microbots Zoom Around Inside Live Mice

Putting tiny robots to work<p>Last year, in a lab in sunny San Diego, researchers fed a dozen mice a small drop each of a very special liquid. Inside the drops, invisible to the naked eye, were thousands of tube-shaped, microscopic motors. The motors made their way to the mice's stomachs, embedded in …

Do your genes skew how you taste alcohol?

A new study shows that how people perceive and taste alcohol varies as a result of genetics. The scientists focused on three chemosensory genes—two …

Alcohol

38 Vintage Conversation Rules | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: The excerpt below comes from a book published in 1875:</i> A Gentleman’s Guide to Etiquette <i>by Cecil B. Hartley. Hartley’s rules may be</i> …

Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Here are five stories we tell ourselves — five famous history stories that you have heard all your life — that aren't true. Not only are they not true, but historians have known they aren't true, said they aren't true, insisted they aren't true, and the stories don't change. We like them the way …

Mantis Shrimp Vision Is Not As Mindblowing As You’ve Been Told

<b>If you want to pick a favorite animal</b> that will surprise even the quirkiest first date, you can’t go wrong with the mantis shrimp. This foot-long, coral reef-dwelling crustacean has a rainbow tail, and punches its prey so hard and so fast that it creates underwater shockwaves.<p>Pretty cool, eh?<p>But …

How to Woo a Wealthy Woman

3 tips for dating out of your league<p>Going for gold may have benefits in the bedroom: Well-educated, wealthy women claim to have better sex than those of a lower socioeconomic status, according to a new Spanish study.<p>The reason: “The higher education gives them a greater awareness of their own needs …

What Should I Pack For a 3-Night Trip to Vegas?

Don't overdo it<p>Upcoming bachelor party? Industry conference? Quick weekend getaway? How you pack for Las Vegas depends on your plans and the time of year that you make your trip.<p>It's always a good idea to pack extra shirt options (4 tees and 2-3 button front shirts, 2 pairs of jeans and a dressier …

Swimwear

Sleep Better with This Simple Trick

You'll need to get wet first<p>Can't fall asleep to save your life? On the latest episode of <i>Men’s Health Live</i>, Christopher Winter, M.D., director of the Martha Jefferson Sleep Medicine Center, reveals how a temperature-controlled bed can help you and your partner sleep better. But if you can't spring …

See Like a Big-League Slugger

A training program available to you helped baseball players see, and perform, better<p>Keep your eye on this: Baseball players who completed a 2-month vision training program were able to strengthen their eyesight by an average of 31 percent, according to a study from the University of California, …

Why Fat Ruins Your Sleep

Yes, the number on your scale can mess with your pillow time<p>Drop pounds, pick up sleep: Troubled sleepers who shed roughly 10 pounds reported snoozing more soundly than their heavier counterparts, reports new Finnish research.<p>Moderately obese people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, a …

Sleep

Wipebook Combines The Best Of Paper And White Boards To Save Paper (video)

If you enjoy taking notes and sketching on paper and consume a large amount of paper, you might be interested in a new innovative notepad which has …

10 Steps to the Perfect First Date

Boost your chances of scoring a second by wearing the right shirt, making the right reservations, and more<p>Some first-date moves are obvious. For instance, 95 percent of women want you to compliment them on how they look, according to a dating survey from Flirt.com. The same survey found it’s a good …

7 Practical Tips for Reducing Stress

<b>Deep Breathing vs. Shallow Breathing</b><p>Breathing deeply can help to reduce your stress and provide oxygen to your brain to help you focus. Most people do not know how to "deep breath" and so they end up breathing shallow breaths which can cause hyperventilation.<p>Place your hand on your stomach and push …

3 Crazy-Tempting Vegan Recipes

Get your taste buds ready for some vegan amazingness<p>Warning: Food cravings are about to kick in. You can thank Post Punk Kitchen’s Isa Chandra Moskowitz. In her just-released cookbook, <i>Isa Does It</i>, and new 10-episode web series, <i>Make It Vegan</i>, the chef explains how to whip up a slew of delicious, …

Bioluminescent tube worm

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego are unraveling the mechanisms behind the dazzling bioluminescent display of this tube …

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Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.<p>That's the conclusion of a study in the journal <i>Science</i> that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or …

Stand-alone earbud player puts the bite on music

An mp3 player has a lot going for it. It’s portable, it’s convenient, and you can move your entire music collection in a way that once took a crew of …

Theoretical Element 115 Exists, Study Confirms

Researchers confirm the existence of this synthetic element in a new accelerator study. Will it be enough to give ununpentium official recognition and a new name?<p>At the bottom right corner of the periodic table of elements, there are a handful of boxes that illustrators often color gray. The …

Dying brains: will our last hurrah be an explosion of conscious experience?

What does it feel like to die? Most of us have no idea, but around 1 in 10 people who survive a cardiac arrest report having near death experiences (NDEs). These can range from relived memories to vivid experiences of light, sound, and emotion.<p>An interesting new study by Jimo Borjigin and …

After radiation, sleeping brain cells wake up

<b>JOHNS HOPKINS (US) —</b> Stem cells in the brain resist cancer-killing radiation treatments and can be reactivated to replace injured cells—and …

Neuroscience

New test could spot Alzheimer's disease a decade in advance

A new test that could allow doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in patients up to a decade before symptoms appear is being developed by scientists.<p>Researchers have found levels of a form of DNA in the spinal fluid of patients is reduced in those who go on to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.<p>The …

If an astronaut fell into a black hole, would he stretch or burn?

Crack open a middle-school science textbook, and you might see a picture of an astronaut in a black hole: stretched out like a spaghetti noodle as the rapidly increasing gravity pulled different parts of their body at different speeds, then crushed by the same force. A growing scientific …

A Light Bulb Powered By Bacteria

Three college students are building an electricity-free light bulb for the masses.<p>We've all basked in the glow of different light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, neon, LED, and more. But a lamp that harbors living, light-emitting bacteria -- a biological bulb, if you will -- is something …