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Tech-Savvy Tortoises Learn To Use Touchscreens

Headbutt the shape, get a treat!<p>Tortoises are using their cleverness to do more than just win long distance races against hares–now they’re moving into the field of touchscreen technology.<p>Researchers from the U.K.'s University of Lincoln have successfully trained four red-footed tortoises (native …

Friction Physics Reveals Details Of How People Hauled 100-Plus-Ton Stones To China's Forbidden City

Sounds like cold, hard work<p>Records say that in 15th-century China, workers hauled 100-ton-plus stone blocks 43 miles from a quarry to build the Forbidden City, over man-made paths.<p>The workers dug wells every half-kilometer to reach water, which they would pour to create ice roads in the deep …

Engineering

What A Balloon Shouldn't Do, But For Some Reason Does

Great teaching — just plain old knock 'em dead, get it right, make 'em laugh, make 'em wonder instruction — is always going to be rare. Good teachers abound. Great ones are special. And "Destin," who goes by one name and has his own little physics channel on YouTube called Smarter Every Day, is, …

Mercury levels rise in oceans

Man has pumped tens of thousands of tons of mercury into the world's oceans in the last 500 years, nearly tripling the amount of the toxic heavy metal in sea water, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>The study, the first to be based on widespread and long-term …

Pollution

Sane Reasons To Be A Mars Colonizer

According to a former NASA Chief Technologist<p>Is it insane to sign up for a one-way trip to Mars? Mason Peck would like to assure you it is not. He addressed the sanity of Mars colonizers in a post yesterday on the Mars One website. Peck is a Mars One adviser who previously served as NASA's Chief …

The Trouble With 4K: Where's The 4K Content, And Will It Be Any Good When It Gets Here? [Updated]

<b>[UPDATE: Since writing the feature below, Amazon has launched a 4K/UHD streaming service, details of which can be found here. The Ultraflix 4K platform has started to appear on Samsung, Vizio and Hisense TVs in some territories. And rumours - though they're nothing more than that at this stage -</b> …

Elon Musk says artificial intelligence is 'potentially more dangerous than nukes'

If the robots take over, at least Elon Musk will be able to say "I told you so." The billionaire inventor loves to make the impossible possible, but he is deeply afraid of artificial intelligence (AI). On Twitter this weekend, Musk said that "we need to be super careful with AI," adding that they …

PM/AM: What if a Solar Flare Hit the Earth?

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, Popular Mechanics' morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p>Recently, there's been news of a humongous solar flare that narrowly missed the Earth in 2012. If it had been one week earlier, one …

Iron Age Bones Discovered In Denmark Reveal Bizarre Ancient Rituals

The bones of dozens of Iron Age warriors found in Denmark were collected and ritually mutilated after spending months on the battlefield, archaeologists say.<p>At least six months after the soldiers died, their bones were collected, scraped of remaining flesh, sorted and dumped in a lake. Some were …

World-record 43 Tbps data transfer speed set by Danish researchers

Using a new type of optical fiber, researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have transmitted data over a single optical fiber at a …

Nanotech

101 Geysers Spotted Erupting From Saturn Moon

Changing Planet<p>Dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice and vapor from many locations along the famed “tiger stripes” near the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Courtesy NASA/JPL<p>Erupting from fractures, 101 geysers dot the surface of Saturn’s frozen moon, Enceladus, report NASA …

Moon Invades Saturn This Weekend

Changing Planet<p><b>Talk about hogging the spotlight! Sky-watchers in North America on Sunday night, August 3, will see planet Saturn cozy up to the bright moon. Over a few hours’ time, as seen from the Eastern Hemisphere, stargazers will see the moon dramatically eclipse the planet.</b><p>And the best news is …

PS4 1.76 to 1.80 highly requested features

We were one of the first to break the news on the PS4 1.75 update going live earlier this week. As expected, Sony finally gave users 3D Blu-Ray …

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen

Changing Planet<p>Illustration shows the suite of instruments that will be on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Courtesy: NASA<p><b>Living off the land looks like the key to survival on Mars, so NASA’s next red planet rover will help show the way by brewing up its own oxygen, the space agency announced Thursday. The</b> …

Hubble sees ancient galaxy that acts as enormous magnifying glass

It was a dumbfounding discovery. Using Hubble telescope data, a scientist spotted a "lensing" galaxy that was enormous, extremely distant and acting as a magnifying glass to another ancient galaxy behind it.<p>Kim-Vy Tran was sure she'd flubbed.<p>The Texas A&M scientific researcher was working late, …

Universe