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This Single Protein Influences How Your Brain Copes With Stress

Scientists have discovered that a single brain protein can make some people more vulnerable to depression than others.<p>New research has suggested that …

The Futuristic Technology That Could Enable Interstellar Travel

Technically savvy scientists and engineers have put much effort into conceiving far-future technologies that might make possible near- light-speed …

Can air pollution make kids obese?

Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke and air pollution from nearby highways may be at higher risk for obesity, new research reports.<p>The study is …

Methane release likely caused mystery crater on Yamal peninsula

A science team measured methane concentrations up to 50,000 times standard levels inside the crater.<p><b>UPDATE July 31, 2014.</b> Stories are popping up fast …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

'Designer' chromosome for brewer's yeast built from scratch

Researchers have built a complex chromosome from scratch and shown that it works normally by transplanting it into a healthy organism.<p>The international team used a computer to redesign one of the chromosomes found in brewer's yeast, recreating the thread-like structure piece by piece in the …

Theory suggests source of white dwarf pollution … and ominous fate for Earth

A new theory, advanced to explain how the atmospheres of collapsed stars become polluted, points to ominous fate awaiting planet Earth.<p>Hot, young, …

Universe

Dwarf planet discovery hints at a hidden Super Earth in solar system

Astronomers have increased the size of the observable solar system after spotting a 450-km wide object orbiting the sun.<p>The lump of ice and rock circles the sun at a greater distance than any known object, and never gets closer than 12bn kilometres – 80 times the distance from Earth to the sun.<p>If …

You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

You are at a table for two, sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when, for no good reason (you can't help it, you didn't mean to do it), you yawn. It's a big, gaping, jaw-extending, embarrassing yawn and because you didn't cover your face, oh, God, she/he sees it. A second or two goes by, and …

This Is Your Brain On No Sleep

If you’ve been skipping sleep, thinking you’ll make up for it on weekends, here’s some bad news. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University have found that chronic sleep loss may actually lead to irreversible damage to and loss of brain cells.<p>“We live in a society where each …

According To Science, Thor's Hammer Would Destroy The Earth

Thor's hammer is clearly one of the coolest superhero weapons of all time, but what if it's actually too good to be true?<p>Many Marvel fans incorrectly believe that Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, was forged from a dying star. Now, this isn't true (it was forged <i>within</i> a dying star), but what if it were? Is …

Science Says Women Like These Terrible Dance Moves

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Researchers from Northumbria University in the U.K. and Germany's University of Gottingen claim they …

10 surprises about our solar system

Here are 10 unexpected and intriguing facts about our solar system – our sun and its family of planets – you probably did not know!<p>Remember those …

5 Bar Tricks You Can Do With Science

Courtesy of Tim Shaw, whose television show launches tonight<p>As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his classic <i>Cat's Cradle</i>, "science is magic that works." The same can be applied to these seemingly magical bar tricks, which are not really tricks but based in simple physics and science. They were shown to me by …

Microwaves

Does ‘copier’ model complete Hawking’s black hole theory?

New research may complete Stephen Hawking’s theory about black holes and solve the “information paradox.”<p>Physicists have poked holes in Stephen …

Our Universe Just May Exist In A Multiverse After All, Cosmic Inflation Discovery Suggests

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there, some researchers say.<p>On Monday (March 17), scientists announced new findings that mark the …

Nanoparticles: The Next Big Thing in Medicine — NOVA Next | PBS

DNA. The very acronym calls to mind the molecule’s exquisite structure, a linear double helix. Our understanding of DNA and its orbiting strands has …

Certain People Are Much More Prone To Catch Contagious Yawns

Susceptibility seems to decrease with age.<p>If you see or hear somebody else yawn, or even think or read about yawning, there's a good chance that you may yourself yawn; between 40 and 60 percent of people are susceptible to contagious yawning. Previous studies (for example here and here) suggest …

Psychology

How Does Exercise Make You Smarter?

<i>A:</i><p>We posed your question to Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, author of <i>Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain</i><i>,</i> and a Reebok ambassador for active children.<p>Exercise, he says, has three effects on the brain that make …

Researchers are making a smartphone lens that can spot sickness

Research conducted by scientists at the University of Houston brings your phone one step closer to telling you when you're sick. Jiming Bao, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Richard Willson, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, together developed a …

Want to learn quicker? Use your body

Waving your arms, wriggling your fingers and striding around a room can help you learn faster, says Colin Barras. How does it work?<p>Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the …

University of California

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

This is the story of a totally made-up place that suddenly became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again. Imagine Pinocchio becoming a real boy and then going back to being a puppet. That's what happened here — but this is a true story.<p>It's about a place in upstate New …

NASA Predicts End of World As We Know It

As you burn fossil fuels on your morning commute and forget to toss your empty bottles in the proper bins, consider this: These days of relative luxury might be numbered. Rapid population growth, depletion of natural resources, and growing economic inequality could spell the end of civilization as …

The Editor's Letter From The April 2014 Issue Of Popular Science Magazine

The virtues of curiosity<p>Albert Einstein had no shortage of colorful quotes, but my favorite is perhaps his best known. In a letter to the biographer Carl Seelig in 1952, he wrote, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” When Einstein penned those words, he was already the …

Call of Duty (Video Game)

6 Terrifying Beauty Practices from History

Chemical peels that burn layers of skin from your face. Appetite suppressants that come with a risk of heart failure. Cosmetic surgeries that change …

The Dark Origins of 11 Classic Nursery Rhymes

In the canon of great horror writing, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley tend to dominate the craft. But …

London Bridge

The Mount Rushmore Fight Club: A History of Hating Presidents

We may think our modern partisans are nasty, but what about the critics who called Washington ‘Machiavellian,’ Jefferson a ‘howling atheist,’ and …