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Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps

Maps shape how we see the world.<p>But most of the maps hanging on our walls are dangerously incomplete because they emphasize political borders rather than functional connections.<p>The world has less than 500,000 kilometers of borders.<p>By comparison, it has 64 million km of highways, 4 million km of …

United Kingdom

This Ultra-Cheap Material Uses Sunlight To Purify Drinking Water

Leave it in a bottle and it uses the water’s own oxygen to destroy bacteria.<p>After sitting in the sun, a piece of coated plastic can turn sewage water into clean drinking water at almost no cost.<p>A photocatalytic material (which uses light to fuel a chemical reaction) designed by researchers at the …

Supermoon Rising: Pictures

Art

Germany is building the world’s first wind turbines with built-in hydroelectric batteries

Wind blows. Water falls. But for the first time, one is now powering the other. Engineers in Germany are storing water for hydroelectricity inside wind turbines allowing the towers act like massive batteries once the wind stops blowing. It’s the first major example of the two technologies being …

Hydroelectric Power

Only Three US Cities Have Good Jobs, Affordable Housing, and High Quality of Life

When looking for a place to live, people are generally looking for three things: affordability, a strong economy, and good quality of life. Most US …

Housing

Take a Quick Trip to Deep Space With This Gorgeous Animated Short

Three minutes of video that took a year to render.<p>This three-minute sci-fi flick by Tim Cahn silently plops us into a near future where humans really know how to commute. There's an establishing shot of the sun, then a quick rocket dash to Mars, where we've plainly established some crescent-shaped …

This Grid-Scale Battery Is Based on Train Cars and Good Old Gravity

ARES wins approval for a rail-based power storage facility in Nevada.<p>A California start-up named Advanced Rail Energy Storage (ARES) has a clever idea for storing electrical power at the most extreme scales, e.g. those of the power grid itself. It's a battery of sorts, but a battery that doesn't …

Clean Energy

A 15-ton computer aims to provide clean water, electricity, and the internet to thousands of Africans

The creators of Watly, a 15-ton multitasking thermal dynamic computer, believe their machine could help address three developmental challenges in Africa in one go: clean water, electricity and internet connectivity.<p>The project—which is only in its prototype stage—aims to offer its machines as a …

Solar Thermal

MIT's new visualization tool is a goldmine for data nerds

Love impressing your pals with all there is to know about computer science? Or perhaps state geography is more your thing?<p>MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Deloitte and the data visualization startup Datawheel, has just gone live with perhaps the most extensive tool ever created for mining and …

XKCD Comics Will Soon Be Featured in High School Science And Engineering Textbooks

The best news we've read all week.<p>Randall Munroe is probably better known to most of you as the genius behind the much-loved webcomic XKCD, and soon …

New York Times

Two Chimps Who Won't Let Go, Solar Panels On The Moon, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

President Obama Wants Every Kid To Learn Coding--For All The Wrong Reasons

President Obama just unveiled his “Computer Science for All Initiative.” Following up on the State of the Union Address, in which he announced his intention to offer “every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one,” the initiative includes $4billion …

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if …

“It’s not the country I imagined for you”: A letter of apology to my grandson

The war on terror, an apathetic electorate and state-sanctioned torture — this is the America I’m leaving behind<p>Dear Grandson,<p>Consider my address book -- and yes, the simple fact that I have one already tells you a good deal about me. All the names, street addresses, email addresses, and phone …

Political Science

11 Ways to Keep Lack of Sleep From Killing You (Because it Is) | Inc.com

An estimated 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders that decrease daily functioning and adversely affect health and longevity. To make things worse, one study even found that reduced sleep time carries a greater mortality risk than smoking, high blood pressure, and …

Productivity

Cramming 101: How to avoid hidden charges on your cellphone bill

Your cellphone bill may be stuffed with hidden charges you’ve never authorized or noticed.<p>The practice, called “cramming,” is so rampant that a Senate committee report argued earlier this week that it is costing consumers some serious money.<p>“Wireless cramming has been widespread and has likely cost …

Former NATO Commander Wesley Clark Urges U.S. Backing For Ukrainians

Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark said Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to reassemble the old Soviet Union and urged the U.S. to support Ukrainians, who he said are prepared to fight.<p>Clark, the former supreme allied commander in Europe for NATO, issued the warning during an appearance Monday at …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

Higgs Boson

Science proves elephants are even smarter than we thought

We now have evidence they’re some of the most empathic animals on the planet. Can we still justify their captivity?<p>One day in 2010, while taking a stroll in his backyard, Kandula the elephant smelled something scrumptious. The scent pulled his attention skyward. There, seemingly suspended in the …

Exclusive: Read the Speech Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo López Made Before He Was Jailed

Before he was hauled off to prison on charges of “terrorism,” Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez explained his decision to turn himself</i> …

Forget Passwords, Soon Your Heartbeat May Open Your E-mail

Forget passwords, your heartbeat can unlock your laptop, phone and even your car. Passwords are considered to be not as secure as some would like for …

We're one step closer to nuclear fusion energy

Scientists with the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced today that they have achieved a critical …

This is what Paris’ abandoned metro stations could soon look like

Paris might soon give tourists a reason to look underground instead of up and around at the city of lights.<p>Mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet announced earlier this month a plan to turn the city’s 11 deserted metro stations into public spaces. The politician worked with architect Manal …

Urbanism

Brilliant Door Design Flips Over to Open and Close

Vienna-based Austrian designer Klemens Torggler has crafted a revolutionary piece of architecture that allows one to enter and exit a room by shifting a multi-panel door, known as <i>Evolution Door</i>, to an adjacent position without a floor track. Instead of having to install additional components for a …

Demonstration

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Tires, Retired: Making Smart Use of Those Dead P Zeros, From Mulch to Monsters – Feature

<i>Art — Korean artist Yong Ho Ji has sculpted dozens of remarkable and terrifying animals and mutants out of discarded tires. If  you’re looking to while away an afternoon, check out the rest of his portfolio at yonghoji.com.</i><p>Every year, more than 200 million worn-out tires get replaced and another 15 …

Dental Care

The Top 30 PlayStation 3 Games of 2014

PS4 is here, but the PS3 won't go down without a fight!<p>We've already gone through our Top 30 Games of 2014 for PS4 and Vita, but we figured we'd …

Do You See What I See? Kids' Visual Memory Works In Mysterious Ways

When kids look around, how much are they taking in about the objects that surround them? Scientists have recently devised new ways to peer inside little kid brains and figure out how their visual working memory works. They found that although young kids use the same parts of the brain to record …

Cyclist Captures New York Through the Eyes of a Bicycle

<i>New York Through the Eyes of a Road Bicycle</i> is a photo project by designer and photography enthusiast Tim Sklyarov that explores the city that never sleeps from the point of view of an urban cyclist. Everything from the iconic flashing lights of Times Square and bustling streets of the city to the …

Photography