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Stephen Hawking: Disaster on Earth is Becoming a 'Near Certainty'

Physicist Stephen Hawking says the chances of disaster befalling planet Earth could rise to a “near certainty” in thousands of years, but warns that …

Google is testing a clever way to hurt one of Facebook's biggest money-makers

Google is starting to let some Android users download apps directly from search results, cutting out the need to visit the Google Play app store.<p>Although the capability hasn't rolled out to all users, it hints at an increased threat to one of Facebook's fastest growing businesses.<p>Several years ago, …

Apps

Robots can now defend themselves against our flying kicks

Humanity seems to be intent on teaching robots how to destroy us. We’ve taught them to keep steady when they get knocked and to keep going when they get damaged. Now scientists are teaching them how to stay upright when we jump kick them in the back.<p>A group of researchers from the Italian Institute …

Robotics

Internet trolls explained by science

If you call me out in a comment at the end of this story and I ignore you, one of two things are happening. A: I'm not really ignoring you, but I just haven't gotten around to responding yet. Or B: I think you're a troll.<p>As it turns out, ignoring Internet trolls might be the right move, according …

Internet

The Woman Who Made Science Beautiful

Where others sought separation, Maria Sibylla Merian saw connection.<p><i>Updated on August 2, 2016</i><p>It was silkworms that first captured 13–year–old Maria Sibylla Merian’s attention. She would later graduate to a wider set of creatures, watching caterpillars, pupae, butterflies, and moths for days, weeks, …

Caterpillars

A Brief History of Cryosleep

How scientists are trying to make humans hibernate, and the real science behind one of science fiction's favorite tropes.<p>Earlier this month, 15 top European scientists, who study a variety of medical disciplines, met at the behest of the European Space Agency to discuss how they might solve the …

European Space Agency

Stalagmite unlocks ancient secrets

The decline of ancient Maya society has perplexed archaeologists for decades. A stalagmite containing the climate record of the past 2,000 years now …

Science Just Went Ahead And Crushed Your Dreams Of Becoming A Real World Spider-Man

If you were desperately looking for a reason to juice a spider with radioactive material or attempt to roll around in nuclear waste, hold off for now. You’re not likely to turn into Spider-Man in either case, especially now that science has put a stake through the heart of one of the main …

Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

11 mind-melting photos will make you realize how shockingly small Earth is

But we rarely, if ever, stop to think about the vast beyond. And we should!<p>Former astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space":<p>There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, …

Astronomy

The cunning way that hackers break so-called unbreakable encryption

<i>Modern encryption systems rely on oxymoronic “random generators.” This could be the crack in a supposedly unbreakable system.</i><p>As discussed in a recent Monday Note titled “Let’s Outlaw Math,” electronic messages that are encoded with modern encryption techniques are truly indecipherable by …

The Ability to Control Our Dreams Could Help Us Solve The Mystery of Consciousness

What it means to be in a hybrid state of consciousness.<p><i>This article was written by Dan Denis from the University of Sheffield and Giulia Poerio from</i> …

NASA's Armageddon Office Aims To Protect Earth From Doomsday Asteroids

Space agency unveils new Planetary Defense Coordination Office.<p>Rest a little easier tonight, Earthlings: NASA has just launched a new office aimed at protecting the planet from potential doomsday asteroids.<p>The Planetary Defense Coordination Office will oversee all of the space agency's efforts to …

Asteroids

Verizon Wireless's 5G Deployment is a 1 Gig Fairy Tale.

Did you know that 100 Mbps was the original speed touted by Verizon for 4G LTE, starting around 2009? Yet, by 2015, America's average for 4G LTE speed is about 10-12 Mbps for a download -- about 90 percent off the original marketing hype. But this is old news.<p>Verizon's hype machine is in full force …

'GOD' for Atheists (and an Expanded, Scientific Definition of God for Everyone Else)

As many celebrate the Christmas season and the coming of a New Year, maybe there's a way we can, indeed, bring atheists and theists and the disparate factions and religions together on our little planet.<p>And, instead of focusing on the old definitions of "God", that many reject, or on how …

Atheism

Tokyo Police Form Anti-Drone Squad

Net-wielding robots for our cyberpunk now<p>These days, stopping a bad guy with a drone sometimes takes a good guy with a drone. In Tokyo, the good guys with drones are a newly formed Metropolitan Police Department squad, designed to enforce no-fly-zones and then catch those who violate them.<p>According …

Drones

Watch Women Try To Recreate Comic Book Heroes' Absurdly Sexy Poses

"I'll be fine if I go to the chiropractor later."<p>The presence of fierce female heroes in comic books is a win for women. Their unrealistic bodies, though, are still a problem.<p>To emphasize how impractical many female comic book heroes' poses are, BuzzFeed had women try to recreate them. Before their …

You Should Know How The Male Brain Reacts To Handling A Gun

The evolutionary psychology of mass shootings.<p>Men commit over 85% of all homicides, 91% of all same-sex homicides and 97% of all same-sex homicides in which the victim and killer aren’t related to each other.<p>These startling statistics are driven home with each new mass shooting (though the most …

Psychology

11 Psychological Tricks to Manipulate People, Ranked in Order of Pure Evilness | Inc.com

This Is What It Feels Like To Live With A Mental Disorder

"Trying to do anything feels like trying to start a car with no gas."

Everything You Think You Know About Detecting Lies Is Wrong

While you may think that body language is the biggest giveaway, new research has discovered you can tell more by relying on a single cue.<p>A turned-down mouth, sweaty palms, and eyes that drift up and to the side–if you believe conventional wisdom about lying, these are telltale signs. But they’re …

How Many Laser Pointers Would It Take to Kill a Human?

Everybody knows not to shine laser pointers in your eye. They could damage your vision! (Emphasis on <i>could</i>, since your eye’s blink reflex would …

Good news: Bananas aren’t going extinct. Bad news: They are in trouble

In the first half of the 20th century, supermarket bananas in the United States bore little resemblance to the bananas sold today — they were more …

11 Science Stories You Can't Miss: The Bearded Men Edition

The five ridiculous findings about bearded men published in 2015, plus other great science stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

This Professor Calculated The True Cost of Destroying The Death Star

The Star Wars superweapon is an economic catastrophe as well as a planetary one<p>Everyone, from President Obama down to a lowly moisture farmer on Tatooine can agree that planet-destroying weapons are bad news. Barring a few Imperial hold-outs, it’s clear that not only is the Death Star massively …

Economics

Japan’s Stealth Fighter Will Fly For First Time Next Year

A tentative foray into the stealth age<p>Only a handful of countries have ever built and successfully flown a stealth fighter. Early next year, Japan may join their ranks, with scheduled test flights of its first experimental stealth fighter expected within the first three months of 2016. The Advanced …

Aviation

Science Guy Bill Nye’s radically simple blueprint for ending climate change

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” instilled an early appreciation for science in young Americans who grew up watching his TV show in the ’90s. And now, he’s using his voice to spark a national conversation about climate change.<p>The head of The Planetary Society and former Boeing engineer released a new …

Carbon Dioxide

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of 2015

Every December, Popular Science honors the 100 greatest innovations of the year. Brilliant, revolutionary, and bound to shape the future—these are the Best of What’s New.

University of Washington

Physics whizzes create 'black hole' to stop urinal splash-back

As many a khaki-clad office worker knows, a perfectly clean pair of pants can suddenly become a speckled minefield from a single use of the urinal. Sometimes it seems urinals have a force field that actively repels fluid.<p>The problem: streams of urine break up and form tiny droplets as they leave …