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World begins 2014 with unusual number of extreme weather events

There have been heatwaves in Slovenia and Australia, snow in Vietnam and the return of the polar vortex to North America. Britain has had its wettest winter in 250 years but temperatures in parts of Russia and the Arctic have been 10C above normal. Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere has had the …

Costumed men and women battle it out in Santiago, Chile, where an underground wrestling scene has sprung up, inspired by a cult 1970s TV show. Wearing extravagant costumes, a league of 20 wrestlers - including six women - re-enact scenes from the show Titanes en el Ring, with women fighting each other and the men until three champions are left. The programme ended its run in 1973 but has been resurrected as the underground wrestling league Xplosion Nacional de Lucha Libre, created by dedicated fans who loved the show as children. #NewsfromElsewhere http://bbc.in/1efAyz0

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

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

How Do We Program Ourselves To Save Fuel?

Monitoring and controlling drivers' behavior could save billions of dollars in gas.<p>Last year, American car buyers named fuel economy the most important consideration when shopping for a car, outranking even quality and safety. The change coincides nicely with the flood of hybrid and high-efficiency …

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 …

As Mirrors Beam Light To Town, Norwegians Share Patch Of Sun

The small town of Rjukan has long had to make do without sunlight during the cold Norwegian winters.<p>But that changed Wednesday, when the town debuted a system of high-tech mirrors to reflect sunlight from neighboring peaks into the valley below.<p>Rjukan, originally founded 100 years ago as an …

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 …

Board Games Go Digital

A home computer that transforms into a tabletop game center<p>When Microsoft debuted the Surface tabletop computer in 2007, the company envisioned groups of people sitting around a giant screen, sharing videos and playing games. But the Surface and the second-generation Samsung SUR40 are hugely …

Tracing the Congolese mine that fuelled Hiroshima

On a quest to trace the origins of the Hiroshima atom bomb, writer Patrick Marnham travelled to the Congolese mine that supplied its uranium, and found the Geiger counter still clicking<p>Until the discovery of nuclear fission, uranium was an ore of very limited use, and in 1939 it was also in very …

Al Risha knots Fishes of Pisces

The star Al Risha in the constellation Pisces is not bright. But – at the tip of the graceful V in Pisces – it’s very noticeable.<p>Alpha Piscium, or Al …

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 …

Partial solar eclipse watched from Africa and Middle East - video

People across Africa and the Middle East witness a partial solar eclipse on Sunday. In the Ivory Coast, spectators watch the event through sunglasses. The Syrian Astronomy Association invites Syrians to monitor the eclipse. The director general of Nigerian Space Research and Development says …

Can a shot of humanities make doctors more humane? | Charlotte Blease

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 …

Five coolest mission control rooms of all time

Our space correspondent picks his favourite and most inspiring places to see a launch, from Houston to beneath a London roundabout.<p>We all know the first words spoken on the surface of the Moon. But the response from mission control is just as memorable: “Roger, Tranquility,” a relieved Charlie Duke …

Chemistry Nobel Prize 2013 - Periodic Table of Videos

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 …

Female guppies fall for rare, colorful males

The rarer a male guppy’s color pattern, the more attractive he is to females—and the more offspring he will likely father—researchers find.<p>“We think …

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 …

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?

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 reflect ideas about what we value in science, its relationship to non-scientists and what sort of future we want to …

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 …

Stowaways threaten fisheries in the Arctic

The increased sea temperature expected in 2100 will in itself mean that the potential number of species introduced by ships will increase more than …

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Countdown Begins For India's Mars Orbiter

If all goes as planned tomorrow, India will be the fourth country to reach Mars.<p>India's first interplanetary mission is only hours away from liftoff. The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission is scheduled to launch at 2:36 p.m. India Standard Time (just after 4 a.m. East …

Why?: Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy | Book Review

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 hear dog whistles? Why does the wind blow? Why is there no life on Mars? Why does E=mc2? Why? Why? <i>Why?</i><p>If you are dealing with such questions daily, then you'll be pleased …

Starfish are dying in huge numbers from a gruesome wasting disease

Starfish are dying off in startling numbers along the West Coast of the United States and Canada. And they're doing it in a rather gnarly manner: the sea creatures are coming down with a syndrome that sees them disintegrate into piles of white goop.<p>Marine scientists are warning that instances of …

India set for Mars mission

On Tuesday India aims to become the first country to launch an orbital flight at the first attempt<p>India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday …

Two billion planets in our galaxy may be suitable for life

Our galaxy probably contains at least two billion planets that, like Earth, have liquid water on their surfaces and orbit around their parent stars in the "habitable zone" for life. The nearest, according to astronomers, could be a mere 12 light years away.<p>A new study, published on Monday in the …