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Eugenics and Global Warming. Both Settled Science. Both Wrong.

In his book, “The Vision of the Anointed,” Thomas Sowell writes that for so long as people have been free there has been an elite class of intellectuals – you know them – who have felt anointed to order the lives of the rest of us.<p>Their desire to decide on our behalf is less a generous offer of …

Franklin expedition: New photos of HMS Erebus artifacts, but still no sign of HMS Terror

After another season of searching in the cold waters off Nunavut for the ships of the Franklin Expedition, HMS Terror remains elusive, but new photos …

This Face Changes the Human Story. But How?

Scientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to the family tree.<p>A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor, scientists announced Thursday in the journal <i>eLife</i><i>.</i> <i>Homo …

Anthropology

The 50 best burger joints in America, ranked

Our friends at Foursquare dug through their troves of user data to compile the list. Because the site now allows users to save and favorite venues they love, Foursquare was able to track down which burgers diners are raving about most across America.<p>To create this list, Foursquare included the …

Yelp

Texting distracts boater from seeing humpback whale

A boater who was so captivated by his cellphone that he apparently didn't see a humpback whale right next to him stunned a California photographer …

Text Messaging

The 9 Most Spectacular Lost Cities in the World

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Cities

How to be a pickup artist (with science)

It’s not a good time to be a pick-up artist, or the sort of bloke who relies on his “wisdom”, or whatever it is you’d call that noxious guff they emit on a regular basis, like a cow with irritable bowels. On one hand you’ve got Julien Blanc, provoking such a strong backlash with his seminars on …

Medical team regrow cells of patient’s severed spine in breakthrough that offers hope to millions with disability<p>A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord …

Eight slow, difficult steps to become a millionaire

Money of course isn't everything. Not by a long shot. Where your definition of success is concerned, money may rank far down the list. Everyone's definition of "success" is different. Here's mine:<p>"Success is making those that believed in you look brilliant."<p>For me, money doesn't matter all that …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

The 50 Most Incredible Instagrams of Burning Man 2014

After the playa, the deluge of pictures.<p>While Burning Man is over for another year, the denizens of Black Rock City have only just got done uploading …

These Incredible Images of Smoke Took Three Months and 100,000 Photos to Capture

You probably wouldn’t think it, but capturing shapes in smoke is an incredibly difficult task. In fact, it took photographer Thomas Herbrich a full …

How a new HTML element will make the Web faster

Today, the average size of a webpage is 1.7MB—1MB from images—but change is afoot.<p>The Web is going to get faster in the very near future. And sadly, …

Alienation: Strange Upside-Down Closeups Transform the Human Face Into Something Else

The more you look at South-Africa based photographer Anelia Loubser‘s <i>Alienation</i> series, the more captivated you become. A simple idea on the surface …

Photographer Gives Us an Inside Look at Meghalaya, India, ‘The Wettest Place On Earth’

New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple is a name you might recognize from his intimate look inside Iran that we shared just over a year ago. …

The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man

Burners spend thousands preparing for the money-free event. But just as the desert community cannot fully escape capitalism, neither can capitalism remain untouched by the "gift economy."<p>The busiest time of year for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is not Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or any of …

PM/AM: Seawater Could Power Water Treatment Plants

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><i>(Photo credit: Leonardo Banchik/ Elsevier B.V.)</i><p>New research in the Journal of Membrane Science suggests we may be able to power …

Water