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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

This Week in Plagues: The Origin of Syphilis, Cheese Made from Armpit Bacteria, And More

Here are some links on infestations contagions, and controls from around the web, as well as a few on clever ways to use microbes. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news:</b><p>In response to the confirmed polio outbreak in Syria, the UN is preparing to vaccinate 2.5 million children. The …

Gimball Flying Spherical Robot is Built to Handle Numerous Collisions

The Gimball from the EPFL is a flying spherical robot that is built to handle numerous collisions. The developers call it a "crash-happy flying …

From fertiliser to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death

It's 100 years since Fritz Haber found a way to synthesise ammonia – helping to feed billions but also to kill millions, and contributing to the pollution of the planet<p>Several hundred scientists from across the globe will gather in Ludwigshafen, Germany, next week to discuss a simple topic: "A …

Jealousy: it's in your genes

The green-eyed monster of jealousy may be hardwired into our DNA, but there is a lot we can do to keep it under control<p>How would you feel if you suspected your partner had enjoyed a one-night stand while away on holiday without you? What if, instead of having sex on the trip, you believed she or he …

Scientists believe lasers could help cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Lasers could prove to be the key in eliminating brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. New findings from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Polish Wroclaw University of Technology have raised hopes that doctors may one day be able to cure the ailments without needing …

Oral Bacteria Define Ethnicities

Each person is endowed with a unique set of characteristics that define him or her, with fingerprints and eye scans being the most commonly used …

NASA's new frontier, and the Trouble with "Gravity"

Space Agencies Of The World, Unite: The U.N.'s Asteroid Defense Plan

The United Nations General Assembly may approve a plan soon for the world's space agencies to defend the Earth against asteroids.<p>The plan, introduced last week, is expected to be adopted by the General Assembly in December. It would do two things: create an International Asteroid Warning Network so …

7 Amazing Images Of The Future, From 1947

From the Popular Science archive: Weather control, looped cities, moon microwaves, and more!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>When <i>Popular Science</i> published these dazzling visions of the future in May 1947, science seemed to be propelling humanity faster and faster into a strange new world: engineers …

Eek Week: Spider Venom Could Make You and Your Dog Feel Great

As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button.<br>SHOW<p>Fear of spiders is based, at least in part, on the fact that a few of them can bite us. When they do, it can hurt. A lot. But did you know spider venom is actually being …

Watch for Taurid fireballs!

We’ve been talking about the South Taurid meteor shower for a month now, and some have already captured photos of meteors in this long-lasting (but …

Astronomy

These Are Some of the Most Amazing Views of Earth You'll Ever See

I have looked at a lot of different views of Earth from space – taken by astronauts, satellites and other spacecraft – so I was not expecting to be …

The bats that mix nature’s grossest perfume

Humans are not the only species that makes perfumes, but you might think twice before sniffing the stinky cocktail mixed by this bat.<p>Women would do well to look, act and smell like flowers – at least if the etiquette guides of the 19th Century are to be believed. One such book of rules, called …

Insects

Can a shot of humanities make doctors more humane?

A course of 'medical humanities' is supposed to unlock the empathy so often missing in care, but evidence is lacking<p>A couple of years ago posters of a corpse started appearing on campus. The sight of a (seemingly) dead man with a tag on his toes certainly grabbed my attention.<p>Closer scrutiny …

How The World Will End, According To 1939

You will burn. You will freeze. And the moon will explode. Four gruesome apocalypse scenarios from the September 1939 issue of Popular Science.<p>Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. The scientists of 1939 would like to add "moon explosion" and "giant meteor" to that list—and they …

Why Laws Restricting Soda Sales Make Perfect Scientific Sense

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.04.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>More than a year after its ill-fated …

Mysterious Box Contains Detailed Drawings of Winged Aliens; WWII Vet Presumed Owner

A box has been found containing detailed drawings of alien beings, an unidentified flying object, and transcripts exploring the link between alien …

Big Pic: A Sea Turtle In A Wind Tunnel

Scientists test how tagging devices increase drag for marine animals.<p>This is a fiberglass cast of a sea turtle, and it's inside a wind tunnel. Researchers from Canada and the U.S. set up this experiment to test how tagging devices increase drag—and make life harder—for marine animals. They found …

Why H is the most contentious letter in the alphabet

While writing my book, Alphabetical, about the history of the letters we use, I discovered that debates about power and class surround every letter – and none more so than the letter H<p>The alphabet is something not to be argued with: there are 26 letters in as fixed a sequence as the numbers 1-26; …

Female guppies fall for rare, colorful males - Futurity

The rarer a male guppy's color pattern, the more attractive he is to females, and the more offspring he will father researchers find.

Mass Killings Can Haunt Elephants for Decades

African elephants that have lived through the trauma of a cull—or selected killing of their kin—may look normal enough to the casual observer, but …

Tiny gene shift sparks new species of butterfly - Futurity

A few genetic changes can spark the evolution of new species, even if the original populations are still in contact and exchanging genes, a new study …

Nintendo Dumps Photo-Sharing Feature Due To 'Offensive' Images

What that means, well, we can only guess.<p>Up until last week, Nintendo offered a service called SpotPass for its 3DS game system. It was a pretty standard messaging app: 3DS owners could send text and (since an update in April) photos to other 3DS owners if they had the appropriate friend code (the …

Solar eclipse marked beginning of Iroquois Confederacy

A total solar eclipse of August 22, 1142 may have coincided with the birth of the Iroquois Confederacy, oldest democracy in North America and …

What is school science for? Who is it for?

If a curriculum is an expression of what we value, why teach something called ‘physics’ instead of climate change?<p>What is school science for? It’s one of those philosophical sounding questions which can seem unhelpfully abstract. But it is worth asking because choices we make about school science …

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane

No need to be stealth if you're flying at Mach 6.<p>The SR-71 Blackbird, iconic supersonic Cold War spy plane adopted by the X-Men as their vehicle of choice, might finally have a replacement. The Blackbird was retired in 1999, and since then there's been a serious deficit in crazy-fast spy planes …

Aviation

Teaching Science Through Hip Hop

Science and technology are often hard sells for students, and young people of color are under-represented in those fields. But self-styled Urban Scientist Danielle Lee says hip-hop might be the way to build a diverse new generation of scientists.<p>She spoke with <i>Tell Me More</i> guest host Celeste Headlee …

Why?: Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy

This sweeping science book for young adults is just plain fun to read, being packed with interesting scientific facts that are clearly written and carefully researched.<p>If you're a parent or teacher, you probably are asked "why questions" by young people several dozen times each day. Why can't we …