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The Science Of Bubbles

More than just good for a bath, bubbles are a focus of new research<p>Bubbles may seem pretty ordinary. We tend to think of them just as beverage enhancers or entertainment for small children. But scientists are uncovering another side to bubbles: They can perform computations, drive climate, and even …

University College London

John Steinbeck On Why 'Camping Is For The Birds'

In the May 1967 issue of Popular Science, John Steinbeck argued that "the American passion for moving about in motorized caravans... results in little permanent damage beyond divorce and bankruptcy."<p><i>Earlier this month, we published John Steinbeck's 1966 letter to the editor of</i> Popular Science_, in …

RVs

A World Without Steering Wheels is Google's Best Idea Yet

In a telephone press conference earlier today, Google went into further detail about its first-ever prototype for a purpose-built driverless car. Unlike the modified Priuses and other commercially-available models that have already racked up more than 700,000 miles on public roads, the plucky …

Driverless Cars

5 Apps For A Citizen Science Summer

With summer just around the corner in the northern hemisphere (and that nasty winter not quite a distant-enough memory), a lot of us are looking for any excuse we can to go outside. Here are five citizen science apps that will give you all the reasons you need to get some fresh air.<p><b>Noise …

Ecology

FDA Calculates How Much Pleasure Americans Lose By Not Smoking

The calculations were a part of how the agency decided on its proposed laws to regulate e-cigarettes.<p>Not a smoker? You're missing out on a not-insignificant amount of fun, at least according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency recently released a cost-benefit calculation that …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

New Air Pollution Rules Tie Public Health To Major Carbon Cuts

Under a new EPA plan, states must curb CO2 pollution from the energy sector.<p>Power plants nationwide must cut their carbon dioxide pollution by up to 30 percent in less than two decades, under the “clean power plan” released today by the Obama administration.<p>It is the most sweeping CO2 reduction in …

Rhode Island

A New Peptide Tackles Infections, Biofilms, & Antibiotic Resistance

The mechanisms behind bacterial infectious disease used to be simple. The invader would enter the body, a fight would ensue with the immune system, an antibiotic would be prescribed and the patient would heal. But the threat of antibiotic resistance changed all that. Researchers have since learned …

Medicine

Ask Anything: Will We Ever Run Out Of Potable Water?

Short answer: Not if we get creative.<p>“There’s a lot of hype around this issue,” says Upmanu Lall, professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University and director of its Water Center. But, he says, we’re in little danger of running out of water overall. One could conceive of a …

Water

Two-In-One Wires Could Turn Clothes Into Batteries

The wires are able to conduct and store electricity at the same time.<p>A team of materials scientists has created a copper wire that’s able to store electricity as well as transmit it. Two in one! It’s like the shampoo/conditioner of the electronics world. Above, you can see the wire lighting an LED …

Nanotech

Make ice cream in 5 minutes with one ingredient

Have you ever wanted ice cream without the guilt? Here's the easiest, quickest, most guilt-free recipe ever.<p>Did you know: All you need to have sweet, …

Dessert

How to use dry shampoo (and why it works)

You can cut down on washing your hair and keep your style going by using dry shampoos (or even make your own).<p>Since I've been on the time-saving, …

Hair Care

'Godzilla' alien planet 17 times heavier than Earth discovered

The planet likely formed less than 3 billion years after the Big Bang, and scientists are fairly certain that the mammoth planet cannot support …

Astronomy

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

Science Fiction Movies