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Sloppy plane travellers in danger of extinction

Since when did flying at high altitude give travellers the right to a sartorial leave pass?<p>OK, I’m not saying you need to wear a three-piece suit or …

10 Flowers To Grow With Vegetables

Companion Planting: How To Deter Pests and Encourage Beneficial Insects<p>Flowers among the vegetables are more than just a colourful addition. They …

What Goes Into Your Toilet Might Be A Literal Goldmine

Waste not, want not<p>The waste in your body might not be as much of a waste as you think. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers have announced that they are working on a way to extract tons of valuable metals from sewage.<p>A study published in <i>Environmental Science and Technology</i> …

5 ways to make money with your phone

You don't like to think about it, but between the up-front cost and the monthly contract payments, your phone costs you a fair bit of money. What you might not realize is that it can make you money, too.<p>You won’t get rich, but you can pay for a few trips to Starbucks. Here’s how to get started.<p><b>1.</b> …

Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

Saturn's moon Enceladus is a mystery. From Earth it looks tiny and cold, and yet it's not a dead hunk of rock. Passing spacecraft see trenches and ridges, similar to Earth's, and in 2005 NASA's Cassini mission spotted ice geysers streaming from its south pole.<p>"The moon is actually alive in a …

Do Plants Get Stressed?

I spent the last several months thinking about stress, not only because I was actively stressed over deadlines and the like, but also because I wrote the March <i>Popular Science</i> cover story on the subject. Last year, I did a similar piece on sleep, which spilled over to this blog as a series exploring …

Samsung builds the Galaxy S6 hype by poking fun at it

For a company on the brink of its most important product launch ever, Samsung appears to be uncommonly relaxed about the whole thing. A new Is This The Next? website from Samsung's Norwegian team introduces us to a set of amusingly exaggerated concepts for what the Galaxy S6 might look like. Will …

Thinfilm’s smart bottle tells you if your Johnnie Walker scotch has been opened before

Perhaps you have heard about smart homes and smart light bulbs. Meet the smart bottle.<p>Yes, one of our most interesting new technologies is going to ensure that we can drink a bottle of scotch with the utmost confidence that it’s authentic. It will also give the scotch maker a way to engage more …

Soon, A Giant Balloon Could Leisurely Float You To The Edge Of Space

World View sets a new record in the quest to conquer the stratosphere<p>It’s a dream of many to visit the great wide vacuum that is outer space—but getting there can be pretty intense. You know, like the part where you have to strap yourself into a 60-ton rocket accelerating upward at 18,000 miles per …

Mars exploration: NASA's MAVEN spacecraft completes first deep dip campaign

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution has completed the first of five deep-dip maneuvers designed to gather measurements closer to the lower …

NASA Is Making Parking Spots On The Space Station For Commercial Taxis

It's so hard to find a decent place to dock in low Earth orbit<p>The International Space Station is getting a makeover starting this week. On Friday, astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts will conduct the first of a series of spacewalks to reconfigure the outside of the station to create …

US allows widespread exports of armed drones to its allies

The US has unsurprisingly kept a tight lid on sales of armed drones to prevent the technology from getting into the wrong hands, but it's about to loosen up... to a degree. The Department of State has introduced an export policy that clears the way for selling weaponized drones to allied countries. …

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Smart Doorbell Streams Video

OAKLAND, Calif. – Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video using only an 240 milliamp battery.<p>By wiring …