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Springtime's Lyrid meteor shower beginning to bloom in the night sky

Like a spring flower, the annual Lyrid meteor shower is about to blossom in the night sky, and you've got several days to catch sight of the bloom as it grows.<p>"Meteor season is back!" photographer Jeff Berkes exulted in an email.<p>Although it's not the year's best shooting-star display, the Lyrids …

Bird flu victims report no contact with poultry as virus continues to spread

In a worrying development, the World Health Organization is reporting that a new strain of bird flu has infected people who have reportedly never come in contact with poultry. The H7N9 strain, first discovered in humans last month, has so far been blamed for 16 deaths. Typically bird flu spreads …

The deadly bean: why ricin is used for bioterror

It's easy to make, but it's also not very effective as a biological weapon, scientists say<p>There was scarcely time to process the fatal Boston Marathon bombings on Monday when the news broke late yesterday afternoon that a letter mailed to Republican Senator Roger Wicker had tested positive for …

Mystery Animal Contest: Who Is This Fuzzy Sniffler?

Guess the species (either common or Linnaean) by tweeting at us--we're @PopSci--and get your name listed right here! Plus eternal glory, obviously. Update: We have a winner!<p>So, here are the rules: To answer, follow us on Twitter and tweet at us with the hashtag #mysteryanimal. For example:<p><b>Hey</b> …

Super-powered battery breakthrough claimed by US team

<b>A new type of battery has been developed that, its creators say, could revolutionise the way we power consumer electronics and vehicles.</b><p>The University of Illinois team says its use of 3D-electrodes allows it to build "microbatteries" that are many times smaller than commercially available options, …

'Living fossil' coelacanth genome sequenced

<b>The genetic secrets of a "living fossil" have been revealed by scientists.</b><p>Researchers sequenced the genome of the coelacanth: a deep-sea fish that closely resembles its ancestors, which lived at least 300 million years ago.<p>The study found that some of the animal's genes evolved very slowly, giving …

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 …

'Could you patent the sun?' Inside the Supreme Court case on patenting DNA

You can't patent a 'product of nature,' but that may not stop the biotech industry<p>This week, the Supreme Court held arguments in an unusual case: whether a company named Myriad can patent a piece of DNA. The company says it spent $500 million and 17 years studying a pair of genes called BRCA1 and …

Everything You Need To Know About Ricin, The Poison Mailed To President Obama

Ricin is one of the most poisonous substances on Earth, it's scarily easy to make, and somebody is mailing it to the President and at least one U.S. senator. What it is, how it works, and more, inside.<p>Yesterday, an envelope addressed to Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, was found to …

Study links low bacteria levels in circumcised men with HIV resistance

Multiple studies have shown that circumcision decreases a man's risk of contracting HIV by as much as 60 percent, but there's been no concrete explanation as to why that is. New research, published yesterday in the journal mBio<i>,</i> supports the theory that this is due to decreased levels of bacteria. …

Scientist jailed for faking medicine test results

A scientist carrying out research on an experimental drugs has become the first person in Britain to be jailed for falsifying results.<p>Steven Eaton, 47, a researcher for US pharmaceutical firm Aptuit, was discovered to be manipulating important safety tests on several potentially new drugs.<p>The …

Severe storms for southern U.S. Great Plains states April 17 and 18

Severe weather appears likely today and into Thursday across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and north Texas. Large hail, damaging winds and …

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Removes Craving For Cigarettes

Don't worry, it doesn't hurt!<p>Scientists at Medical University of South Carolina temporarily blunted cigarette cravings among smokers by magnetically stimulating nerve cells in their brains. The procedure, called transcranial magnetic stimulation, is already approved by the FDA to treat depression, …

Life, death, and Mars: The New Yorker's definitive account of the Curiosity rover

The Curiosity rover, NASA's most ambitious Mars mission to-date, has received plenty of attention since it blasted off from Cape Canaveral in November 2011, but <i>The New Yorker</i>'s Burkhard Bilger has put together what may be the definitive account of the mission. Bilger tells not only the story behind …

‘Smart skin’ can sense cracks in bridges

<b>GEORGIA TECH (US) —</b> New technology using low-cost wireless sensors could make it easier to monitor highway bridges and other structures for strain, …

Engineering

Scientists Sequence Genome Of 'Living Fossil' Fish

Scientists have unraveled the genome of the coelacanth, a rare and primitive fish once thought to be extinct, shedding light on how closely it's related to the first creatures to emerge from the sea.<p>The coelacanth, a fish that can reach up to 5 feet long and lives in deep ocean caves, had only been …

SN 1006: A colossal star explosion, 10 centuries later

SN 1006 is a supernova remnant, a cloud of star debris initiated by a colossal stellar explosion in the year 1006. The debris has been expanding …

Supercomputers Calculate Structure Of Bones On The Molecular Level

Bone fibers contain an odd couple of gooey protein and crystallized mineral.<p>Like the best of statesmen, bone is both strong and a little bit flexible. That's because it combines a soft, gel-like substance (collagen) with a stiff, strong one (mineral hydroxyapatite). Now, one team of engineers say …

Footage reveals how insects use their bodies to hover

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/970000/970739_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524653867_8884848963233a9a0e7b7a9b4bc27e8f<p><b>Super slow-motion footage of a moth in flight has revealed how the insects use their bodies to hover.</b><p>The moth moves its body by pivoting …

Texas Mayor Says 35 to 40 People Unaccounted for After Plant Blast

The mayor of the small Texas city north of Waco devastated by an explosion at a fertilizer plant said that 35 to 40 people were unaccounted for.<p>West, …

Investigators close in on Boston bombing suspect

U.S. authorities have zeroed in on a possible suspect in the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon.<p>An image of the man – who has not yet been identified by name – was captured on video footage taken close to the explosions, which killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.<p>The news of the …

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'Cowboy Hat' Rescuer Describes Marathon Ordeal