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A Psychedelic-Science Advocate Takes His Case to the Pentagon

For Rick Doblin, being invited to the Pentagon was an emotional experience. Growing up in the 60s, Doblin embraced the counterculture and protested …

Here's How Google Glass Actually Works

We all know Google Glass doesn't need sorcery for you to comfortably see a digital image projected over reality. But just how does it work? This …

The Indestructible Touchscreen Kiosks That Will Take Over New York's Subways

Over the last few weeks you might've heard about the ultra-futuristic information kiosks recently developed for the New York City subway system. It's …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Brain Mapping Project Could Help Find Cures For Alzheimer's, Epilepsy

President Obama calls the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies) Initiative a 'bold effort.'<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Today, President Obama announced a new $100 million …

DNA-Mapped Furniture Really Ties The Room Together ... With You

Furnishing a new apartment or house can be tough; sometimes you just can't find that end table or couch that is uniquely "you."<p>Well, as Wired reports, a Dutch design studio is trying to change that.<p>Tjep. is expected to exhibit the first line of its DNA furniture and jewelry, called "Future …

Video: Black hole eats a super-Jupiter

ES astronomers said on April 2 they seen telltale evidence of a black hole disrupting the outer atmosphere of a super-Jupiter.<p>ESA astronomers say …

Astronomy

Could Wind Turbines Be Toxic To The Ear?

The U.S. is embracing wind energy, with wind turbines making up half of the new electricity added to the power grid last year. But a smattering of people who live near the turbines say they're a nuisance — and making them ill.<p>Dr. Nina Pierpont, a Johns Hopkins-trained pediatrician and biologist in …

This Weird Crafty Fish Can Make Itself Invisible--And We Don't Know How

It fools prey into thinking it's not even there. Is it using some kind of never-before-seen chemical camouflage?<p>The pirate perch, <i>Aphredoderus sayanus</i>, is a very strange creature: it's a small fish, only 5.5 inches long at most, that's the only species in its family. Its cloaca (sort of a …

Surveillance: We don't like it, but why? - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — United States law needs to establish four key …

Surveillance

Canada to investigate muzzling of scientists

Canada’s information commissioner has launched an investigation into the ‘muzzling’ of scientists in seven federal agencies, including the …

Baidu Working On Chinese Version Of Google Glass, Called Baidu Eye

China's biggest internet company attempts another ripoff.<p>Baidu, the kind of bizarro Chinese Google, is rumored to be working on a take on Google's latest creation, Google Glass. According to ChinaDaily, Baidu's "Eye" project will include "an LCD display, voice-controlled image recognition and …

Maria Sibylla Merian: artist whose passion for insects changed science

If you love art, then you may know that today is the birthday of one of the world's most talented scientific illustrators, Maria Sibylla Merian …

Three Smart New Ways To Actually Block Robocalls

The "Do Not Call" list sucks. Winners of a Federal Trade Commission contest propose some high-tech strategies to finally stop automated sales calls.<p>They slip through the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's "Do Not Call" registry, and indeed through federal law. They fool you with that pause after …

Quantum-encrypted information transmitted by flying plane for first time

In a boost to future secret agents and a blow to their would-be eavesdroppers, German researchers report sending the first successful quantum communications from a moving source — an airplane traveling 180 miles-per-hour — to a stationary receiver on the ground. The study was first performed in …

Stereo photogrammetry can tell NASA engineers how trees break, but first the trees have to be painted so the software can pick up on what's happening. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/see-how-trees-fail-nasa-using-tech-used-columbia-crash-investigation?src=SOC&dom=fb

Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious' Project

President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain.<p>In a speech Tuesday, Obama said he will ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 to "better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember." Other goals include finding new treatments for …

Show me the money: is grant writing taking over science?

Science is an art.<p>In my particular field, cell biology, the doing of science is a blend of rote precision and creative improvisation. If this sounds …

Grant Writing

Scientists have been studying immune cells grown in space to understand how astronauts' immune systems may change. Here's what those cells look like. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/these-are-immune-cells-grown-space?src=SOC&dom=fb

China Makes 50% Of Your Stuff. How Many Chinese Brands Can You Actually Name?

Before you click through, think about it. If you can name more than three, consider us surprised.<p>China's version of Google has 580 million users. It makes, according to some surveys, around 50 percent of all the junk in your home. When an American company chooses to make something actually in …

Over Time, Nuclear Power Would Kill Fewer People Than Petroleum

James Hansen, climate change researcher and activist, is retiring from NASA, but not without making some new waves.<p>Using nuclear power for energy instead of coal has prevented almost 2 million pollution-related deaths around the world, and could save millions more lives in the future, according to …

This date in science: Supernova 1987A

Supernova 1987A first appeared in earthly skies 30 years ago today. It was the closest observed supernova since 1604.<p><b>February 23-24, 1987.</b> When …

Astrophysics

March weather was second coldest on record - Met Office

<b>Freezing temperatures in March made it the UK's joint second coldest since records began more than 100 years ago, the Met Office has said.</b><p>The mean temperature was just 2.2C (36F) - more than 3C colder than the long-term monthly average.<p>Last month matched the average temperature in March 1947 - only …

Weather

Comet PANSTARRS near Andromeda galaxy

Look for Comet PANSTARRS in early April 2013 near the Andromeda Galaxy.<p>Have you been able to see Comet PANSTARRS? It’s still up there, visible in …

Astronomy

In Attempt To Break Gridlock, Los Angeles Becomes First City To Synchronize Every Streetlight

The traffic-plagued city has 4,500 lights across 469 square miles.<p>It's amazing how frustrating it can be to drive in L.A. Superhighways are jam-packed, cars crawl along in the worst rush hour of your life even though it's only 2 p.m., and yet no one rides the scary subway. Last summer, it took me …