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A chemistry professor has invented the world's first drug-sniffing car

Dr. Guido Verbeck created the prototype by equipping a silver 2015 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid sedan with an advanced mass spectrometer, and tested his invention by setting up a fake meth lab in a mobile home and emitting drug fumes through the vents.<p>From a distance of a quarter-mile, the car could …

U.S. Border Patrol

The mysterious way your body changes with the weather

Does the damp cause arthritis? Can air pressure shifts bring a headache? Will the temperature influence a baby's sex? David Robson finds some surprising evidence for the folklore.<p>In 2013, neuroscientists reported one of the strangest case reports in the history of medicine: a man who claimed to be …

Weather

Collect Stories Privately With Friends or Colleagues

With today’s release, there’s an exciting new way for people with shared interests to unite on Flipboard: private group magazines. Now you can collect stories together, and comment on them, in a closed setting.<p>The uses for private group magazines are far and wide (and we’re sure we’re not even …

Ancient City Discovered Underwater Solves Enigma That Puzzled Egyptologists For Years

From Legend to Reality<p>Thonis-Heracleion (the Egyptian and Greek names of the city) is a city lost between legend and reality. Before the foundation …

Forget Text Messages--Send Emotions Over The Air

Technology gets the touchy-feelies<p>It used to be the case that if you wanted to reach out and touch someone, you had to use your hands. But thanks to scientists in the U.K., you might some day be able to use technology--and no, we're not talking the telephone--to transmit the emotions you experience …

Creepy Robot That Imitates Facial Expressions May Soon Greet You At Hotels

A face only a robot mother could love<p>Humanoid robots like <i>Star Trek</i>'s data have long been the stuff of science-fiction, but if Hanson Robotics's latest foray into a person-like artificial being is any indication, that day may be...well, still pretty far off.<p>'Han,' as the robot is dubbed, features 40 …

Focus on caring may tether drifting minds - Futurity

Our minds wander as much as 50 percent of the time we're awake. A new study suggests compassion meditation can improve focus and boost caring.

Please Welcome Erika Engelhaupt to Phenomena!

Today, Phenomena gets a little spookier as we welcome Erika Engelhaupt to the salon. The name of her blog says it all: In Gory Details, she’ll be bringing you tales from the darker side of science — creepy thrills, macabre reality checks, and stuff for which the term “morbid fascination” aptly …

Mona Lisa

Blame genes if mosquitoes like the way you smell - Futurity

How likely it is that you'll get "eaten alive" by mosquitoes may depend on your body odor genes, according to a new study with twins.

French Company Plans To Make Custom Perfume That Smells Like Your Loved One

Immortalize the scent of a dead relative<p>People find all sorts of inventive ways to continue the legacy of their recently deceased relatives. Some start charity funds; others hang on to photographs or old keepsakes. But as Katia Apalategui, a 52-year-old French insurance saleswoman, mourned the …

Let's talk about sex – podcast

The team discuss the ins and outs of sex surveys, plus the secrets of knuckle-cracking are revealed at last<p>What are we all up to in the bedroom? How often? Do men really think about sex every seven seconds? Does any of this matter? And most crucially, can we believe any of these statistics in the …

Chili pepper chemical plays tricks on nerves - Futurity

New research helps solve the mystery of how capsaicin, a chemical found in chili peppers, works to calm painful nerves, muscles, and joints.

This West Virginia Town Has Gone Radio Silent

Greetings from the Quiet Zone<p>The town of Green Bank, West Virginia, sits at the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, where cellphones, Wi-Fi routers, and broadcast antennas are all but absent. For most, it is a throwback to a different era. But for an increasing number of new residents, it is a …

Marijuana extract tames debilitating brain seizures without the buzz

In a group of children and young adults with the most intractable forms of epilepsy, a liquid form of marijuana called cannabidiol reduced seizures by more than 50% without causing the drug's usual "high," researchers said.<p>In an open-label study that enrolled 213 people with a dozen types of severe …

Cannabis

Warming Pacific Makes for Increasingly Weird Ocean Life

A “blob” of warm water that’s partly to blame for dead birds and stranded sea lions in the Pacific may share a cause with Boston’s snows and California’s drought.<p>The baby sea lions started washing ashore in high numbers in 2013. But the Pacific along the U.S. West Coast really got weird in 2014, …

Global Warming

A Simple Crystal Could Detect Nuclear Material

It rocks<p>The first time <i>Popular Science</i> wrote about stilbene, nuclear weapons were decades away from existing. Now, the Department of Homeland Security wants to take advantage of the properties of stilbene crystals and make nuclear detectors out of them.<p>As presented in a March report by the …

For Women’s History Month – 9 women rulers of the ancient world

How many have you already heard of?<p>1. Artimisia (source for entire post)<p>Basic Artemisia Facts:<p><b>Known for:</b> warrior queen – she joined Xerxes in his …

Cook Rice Differently To Reduce Its Calories

Researchers say it can curb obesity in countries where rice is a staple<p>Rice, the base for cuisines all over the world, contains a lot of starch. That makes it delicious but also high in calories. While that may a boon for people who struggle to ingest enough calories each day, it’s becoming a …

Engineering Lightbulbs To Keep Insects Away

Could help limit insect-borne diseases like malaria<p>Spending long summer evenings outside comes with a big nuisance: bug bites. Mosquitos and other insects are drawn to the lights illuminating your dinner party, which helps them hone in on their human prey. While that might mean a few days of itchy …

‘How a bee sting saved my life’

Ellie Lobel was ready to die. Then she was attacked by bees. Christie Wilcox hears how venom can be a saviour.<p>They were in my hair, in my head, all I heard was this crazy buzzing<p>Ellie Lobel was 27 when she was bitten by a tick and contracted Lyme disease. And she was not yet 45 when she decided to …

Medical Research

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 …

Indiana Governor Declares State of Emergency For HIV Outbreak

He hopes that a month-long needle exchange program will stop it in its tracks<p>This morning, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared a state of emergency in Scott County, in the southeast of the state, due to what is being called the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history. The cases were all …

Mesmerizing Paper Dome Turns the Sky into a Kaleidoscope

This beautiful, geometric "telescope" turns gazing at the sky into a mesmerizing experience. From the outside, the piece looks like a plain, white cylinder. But if you stoop low and step inside, the white walls open up into a soaring dome that divides an onlooker's view of the sky into intricate …

Windy

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought

Results of largest ever genetics study of a single population could also help refine dates for major events during human evolution<p>Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.<p>Scientists reached the conclusion after …

Why regular lie-ins are a recipe for an early death

Adults who regularly sleep for more than eight hours are at risk of dying early, new study suggests<p>Adults who sleep more than eight hours a night are 30 per cent more likely to die early, a new study suggest.<p>A decade-long study shows adults who regularly sleep more than eight hours, categorised as …

Sleep

Earth Has A Layer No One Knew About

Just like onions and cartoon ogres<p>Our perspective of Earth tends to be very shallow--literally. Everything we experience, from the deepest depths of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks, only skims the top of the outermost layer of the Earth, the crust, which is about 4 miles thick under the …

Goodbye Big Bang, hello black hole? A new theory of the universe's creation

Could the famed "Big Bang" theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a …