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Not Just Brain To Body: Researchers Discover That The Heart Sends Signals To The Brain

I'm in!<p>A group of prestigious and internationally recognized leaders in physics, biophysics, astrophysics, education, mathematics, engineering, …

Physicists Figure Out Why Honey Falls In Twists

A delicious physics problem<p>A stream of honey falls onto a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit. Before you devour this breakfast treat, you might notice that the honey you poured formed a wavy pattern on the biscuit's surface, an unintentional decoration for your morning snack.<p>Most people might think …

Sound scientific thinking finds a cleaner way to extinguish fires

US university students discover how to use sonic waves to suppress flames, avoiding the need for toxic chemicals<p>It happens so quickly you almost don’t believe it: Seth Robertson and Viet Tran ignite a fire, snap on their low-rumbling bass frequency generator and extinguish the flames in seconds. …

Engineering

Even 'last resort' antibiotics are starting to fail - Futurity

Bacteria implicated in serious infections at hospitals may be on the verge of becoming "superbugs." Are we at the start of the post-antibiotic era?

Medicine

Watch Engineers Extinguish Fire With Sound [Video]

It is, in fact, all about that bass<p>In the near future, putting out grease fires in the kitchen might be as easy as turning up the music, thanks to engineering students Viet Tran and Seth Robertson at George Mason University. The students just unveiled a 20-pound backpack prototype that blasts out …

Engineering

Today in science: An island is born

On November 14 1963, crew aboard a trawler sailing near Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea surface. A new island, Surtsey, was …

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Arduino

How Mountains In Our Solar System Compare [Infographic]

Good luck scaling Olympus Mons on Mars<p>Hawaii's Mauna Kea is a gigantic mountain—but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the other landforms in our solar system. Here's a look at our neighbors' most impressive peaks.<p>_This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of _Popular Science.

Mauna Kea

Most detailed view yet of Milky Way’s magnetic fields

Researchers have created a new map of the Milky Way’s magnetic fingerprint, the magnetic fields that shape our galaxy.<p>A new map of the entire sky …

Universe

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

It happens quickly—more quickly than you, being human, can fully process.<p>A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much …

Action Movies

Dean Kamen's DARPA-Funded Prosthetic Arm Gets FDA Approval

From a company founded by the Segway inventor, the arm is the first of its kind to receive approval for sale.<p>For eight years now, the DEKA prosthetic arm -- a DARPA-funded project aimed at improving the lives of amputees -- has been moving slowly toward FDA approval. Now, right on schedule, the …

Learn to shoot photos of meteors

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.<p>…

Landscape Photography

Now You Can Get Your Own Fish-Driven Car

Hit the road, fish.<p>Behold: an aquarium than can be driven by a fish. In February, we saw "Fish on Wheels," a water-filled vehicle that allows our finned friends to move about on dry land. Digital cameras on the device sense which direction the fish is swimming in, and a tiny onboard computer moves …

This Deceptive Bird Imitates Animal Calls To Steal Food

"Hello, I'm a fellow meerkat, and I'll be happy to watch your lunch while you take a break."<p>The term "drongo" is sometimes used in Australia to mean dummy or halfwit. But the drongo is also a type of African bird that is certainly <i>not</i> dumb. A new study found that drongos can mimic the calls of 51 …

Birds

The bacteria that chat back and tell you how they are

Do you speak bacteria? The first conversations with microbes are already under way.<p>Manuel Porcar at the University of Valencia in Spain and his …

A single drop of seawater, magnified 25 times

Ever wonder what’s in seawater? This photograph shows a drop of seawater, magnified 25 times.<p>From thisiscolossal.com … “You know when you’re horsing …

Seawater

Ganymede May Have Multi-Layered, 'Sandwich'-Like Oceans

There may be up to three layers of different kinds of ice.<p>Here's some planetary news that could make you hungry: Jupiter's moon Ganymede may have a multi-layered ocean of alternating ice and liquid water that resembles a "club sandwich," according to NASA. This is actually what Steve Vance of …

Invention Awards 2014: Charge Gadgets With Your Footsteps

Take a hike, earn an iPhone battery's worth of energy<p>Each thud of a hiker’s heel releases enough energy to illuminate a light bulb. Rather than waste that power, Matt Stanton, an engineer and avid backpacker, created a shoe insole that stores it as electricity. The device promises to be an …

Gear & Gadgets

Toe-Tickling Shoes Let You Navigate The City By Touch

MIT researcher's project replaces smartphone maps with cloud-connected insoles<p>If you've spent any time lately walking on busy city sidewalks, you'll know that many people are gazing steadily into smartphone screens as they get around, often at the expense of seeing who and what are right around …