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Ardbeg's New Scotch Makes Rocket Science Dram Tasty

We'd go to the moon and back to get our hands on this one.<p>Islay Scotch is special. I'm sure every brand of every type of Scotch says that about theirs. But Islay (pronounced Eye-la) — that's the really <i>dram</i> good stuff. Salty, smoky, and robust, it actually tastes like the land on which it's made. …

New gameplay trailer shows the vision of ultra-purist FPS Toxikk

<i>Toxikk</i>, the upcoming first-person arena shooter that "plays as if today's military shooters never existed," revealed itself last month with a series of beauty shots taken from its alpha stage. Now, developer Reakktor Studios is ready to show a proper gameplay trailer.<p>The three-minute trailer …

Game Your Kid's Education With These 10 Cool Kits

Forget paper and pencils. Look into these fun new tools to help kids unleash their inner scientist or engineer.<p>#<p>Exo Labs Model 2 Camera<p>The Model 2 camera attaches to any standard microscope and captures high-res images of the field of view. An app streams images to an iPhone or iPad so that …

Raspberry Pi

The Week in Review: Value of Sleep

We blame it on laziness, too much socializing or a late bedtime, but there is also some science involved in why teens just can’t wake up in the …

Sleep

Star Citizen trailer visits new galactic horizons and weird aliens

Beginning with a Stanley Kubrick riff, the new trailer for <i>Star Citizen</i> journeys through various space-fiction familiars, and is none the worse as a result.<p>Presented as an ad for galactic travel outfitter Roberts Space Industries, it introduces us to the thrill of discovering new planets and weird …

Get discounts on new tech for class

Buying new technology for class can really eat into your budget. If you want to have some money left over after you've bought the necessities, then it's time to start shopping the student sales. Whether you're looking to buy a new laptop, tablet, or even a mini fridge, these are some of the best …

How to Make Bread

It is the simplest thing you can eat, and yet the complexity of the biochemical reactions in rising dough is astonishing. Andrew Sean Greer bakes with his mother, a professor of food chemistry, and Chad Robertson, a famous baker, to discover how bread—chewy, crusty, warm, miraculous bread—works.<p><b>1</b> …

What Our Eyes Say About Our Sexual Preferences

Women are more flexible in their desires than men, study suggests<p>Cornell University researchers used porn and measures of pupil dilation to study arousal in straight-, gay- and bisexual-identifying men and women, reports a study published April 3 in <i>PLoS ONE</i>. The results, which point to surprising …

US scientists push ahead with memory-boosting brain implants, but we still have to crack the brain's code first - ExtremeTech

US scientists push ahead with memory-boosting brain implants, but we still have to crack the brain’s code first<p>By on July 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm<p>This …

Israeli soldier killed as Gaza ground invasion begins

An Israeli soldier has died in fighting as Benjamin Netanyahu orders a ground invasion of Gaza to begin<p>• <b>Israel launches Gaza ground offensive: live updates</b><p><b>Israel</b> suffered its first military loss of the Gaza campaign on Friday when a soldier was killed during the ground invasion of the Palestinian …

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like …

Science Fiction

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

Most anticipated games to see at E3 2014

These World Cup Posters Are A Must-See For Any Soccer Super Fan

Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira pulled out all the stops when creating these incredible World Cup team posters for an ESPN campaign celebrating the tournament, which begins on June 12.<p>Each of these posters illustrates one of the 32 teams that will be heading to this year's …

PM/AM: Console Wars, Then and Now

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>Has the next-generation console war officially set its sights on China?<p>Last month Microsoft announced that it would be bringing its …

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

Sony, with PlayStation Now and Project Morpheus, is our best bet for the future of video games - ExtremeTech

By on March 19, 2014 at 11:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Last year, Sony released the most …

SpaceX prepares to take the biggest step towards affordable space travel: Soft landing the Falcon 9 rocket (updated) - ExtremeTech

By on April 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p><b>Updated @ 16:57 April 14:</b> Bad news …

60,000 miles up: Space elevator could be built by 2035, says new study - ExtremeTech

By on March 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Imagine a ribbon roughly one …

NASA is being forced by the US government to fly a mission to Europa - the most likely place we'll find alien life in the Solar System - ExtremeTech

NASA is being forced by the US government to fly a mission to Europa – the most likely place we’ll find alien life in the Solar System<p>By on March 7, …

2014: Year of the Eastern Arsenal

<b>LAND</b><p><b>Smart Munitions on the Internet Honor Roll</b><p>NORINCO, the main manufacturer of Chinese group weapons, recently revamped its website to attract foreign buyers for a wide range of modern ground weapons that the 2012 Pentagon Report called “increasing in global competitiveness”. The GS-1 155mm …

Seven Facts About Destiny You Might Have Missed

One year after its unveiling last February, Destiny remains something of a mystery. Few outside of Bungie's Bellevue offices have been able to explore space as a magic-wielding Warlock, a brutish Titan, or an elusive Hunter. But for as much as we'd all love to discover whether a legendary gun like …

Xbox One patch fixes 720p to 1080p upscaling issues - sort of - ExtremeTech

Xbox One patch fixes 720p to 1080p upscaling issues – sort of<p>By on February 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the …

'Tron' designer creates a real-world superbike

Lotus has a new superbike called the C-01. Designed by Daniel Simon, whose work you'll know from <i>Tron: Legacy</i>, <i>Oblivion</i>, and <i>Captain America</i>, the bike balances the Lotus form of old with a decidedly modern finish.<p>Although Simon is better known for his concept work, and the C-01 certainly looks like a …

Titanfall is friendly, complex, thrilling and borrows wisely not from first-person shooters

When the <i>Titanfall</i> beta goes live later this week, players will experience a first-person shooter that takes some of the best competitive elements of other genres, not just the military shooters endlessly iterated on in the wake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's success.<p><i>Titanfall</i> does some of its …

8 Weird Gadgets to Geek Out Your Workout

There's no shortage of apps and activity trackers to monitor basic workouts. But what if you need all the data about your rock climb, weightlifting, or personal hydration? The niche fitness gadgets are coming.<p>There's no shortage of apps and activity trackers to monitor basic workouts. But what if …

Macro and Micro: The Biggest and Smallest 3D Printers at NY 3D Printshow

3D printers come in many forms, big, small, oblong, plastic, or metal. It seems that for every personality, there's a printer. These two printers, showcased at the New York 3D Printshow, represent two ends of the spectrum.<p>3D printers come in many forms: big, small, oblong, plastic, metal, and more. …

The Cosmos, Explained: Neil deGrasse Tyson On His New Series

Tyson will pick up where Carl Sagan left off, hosting a continuation of the "Cosmos" TV series.<p>When astronomer Carl Sagan hosted the 13-part TV Series "Cosmos: A Personal Journey," in 1980, it soon become most widely watched PBS show in the world, and still holds a legendary place in the hearts of …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Road to Superintelligence

(Image credit: mindcontrol.se)<p>In the 21st century, we are walking an important road. Our species is alone on this road and it has one destination: super-intelligence.<p>The most forward-thinking visionaries of our species were able to get a vague glimpse of this destination in the early 20th century. …