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Blu Wearable Smartphone Launches On Kickstarter (video)

A new wearable smartphone has this week been launched over on Kickstarter called Blu, that is looking to raise AU$600,000 to help take the flexible …

NASA may have discovered the secret to faster-than-light travel

In fact, NASA scientists didn't exactly discover speeds faster-than-light (FTL), they sort of stumbled upon it. Researchers at the space agency were …

Physics

15 space-themed housewares that bring the universe into your home

The dreamy night sky offers more than just a gorgeous view on a clear night. It's also a source of design inspiration, from its sparkling star …

Russia warns Denmark its warships could become nuclear targets

Russia tells Denmark not to join Nato missile shield or face becoming a target for Russian missiles<p>Russia has gone on the offensive in the Baltic, warning Denmark that if it joins Nato’s missile defence shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack.<p>“I don’t think that …

How we'll live in space, according to people in the 1970s

Concept art for<br>NASA space stations<p>Imagining life on the high frontier<p>In the 1970s, NASA held a series of summer schools to explore practical designs …

Space Science

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Bill Gates is the latest brilliant person to warn artificial intelligence could kill us all

Worries about artificial intelligence possibly wiping out humanity aren’t just limited to science fiction writers — plenty of the world’s most …

How To Create A Virtual "Body" For Your Uploaded Mind

The prospect of uploading your brain into a supercomputer is an exciting one — your mind can live on forever, and expand its capacity in ways that …

Rosetta Spacecraft, First to Orbit Comet, Finds Surprises Aplenty

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft reports unexpectedly bumpy, dusty, and dry discoveries on its new home.<p>Drama abounded when Europe's Philae probe landed on a comet last November—especially when the lander bounced a half mile into the air before its final touchdown, then quickly lost power. (See "Comet …

Have We Found Alien Life?

Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others<p><i>This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a …

23 Breakfasts That Might Actually Save Your Life

So you had a big night last night! And now you want to die. But this egg sandwich? This sandwich wants you to LIVE.

Declassified Government Documents Reveal the Truth About UFOs

As any viewer of <i>Fringe</i> or <i>The X-Files</i> will tell you, the governments of the world know more about UFOs and alien life than they’re letting on. The …

Paranormal

This is What Alcohol Does to Your Sleep

Having a drink before bedtime might make you fall asleep a little faster. But the sleep you get after imbibing may not be so restful, finds a new …

Sleep

Stunning Time-Lapse Reveals Auroras and Earth From Space

Astronaut Alexander Gerst made the video from International Space Station.<p>As if Santa attached a GoPro camera to his sleigh, a new video reveals the Earth as few have seen it.<p>Published this week, the time-lapse shows stunning views of the Earth, sunrises, clouds, lightning, auroras, stars, and the …

Real alien autopsy photos: 'Roswell' image of extra-terrestrial body dated to 1947

A UFO researcher claims to have been given an authentic image of an alien, supposedly taken after an autopsy in the top-secret Area 51.<p>The photo, …

Paranormal

Can Exercise Make You GAIN Weight?

What you need to know about making the gym part of your weight-loss plan<p>The logic is pretty simple: To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume each day by eating less, increasing your general activity levels, and/or working out. But recent research is questioning the idea that …

Lose Weight: Fat Burning Yoga Workout

Lose belly fat with these fat burning yoga exercises<p>You contort into all kinds of wacky positions wriggling into those skinny jeans. Bend and twist on a regular basis and that might not be necessary. An active sequence of yoga flows — a form called vinyasa—burns more than 450 calories an hour, …

Cave art and harpoon tips show African roots of our creative genius

On the third-floor corridor of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, in a battered metal locker, archaeologist Alison Brooks has filed away two small cardboard boxes. Each contains several toothbrush-sized instruments made of bone. With their delicate serrated blades, these would …

When the Government Wanted a Database of Everyone's IQ

Today people worry about NSA spying. Fifty years ago it was intelligence tests. The conversation hasn't changed.<p>In November of 1967, The Atlantic's cover featured an evil Uncle Sam generating data readouts in a dark control room. The journalist behind the cover story, Arthur Miller, noted at the …

Ohio police given 'pep talk' on shooting scenarios ahead of Walmart encounter

The police officer who shot dead a young black man in a Walmart store in Ohio as he held an unloaded BB rifle had less than two weeks earlier received what prosecutors called a “pep talk” on how to deal aggressively with suspected gunmen.<p>Sean Williams and his colleagues in Beavercreek, a suburb of …

Rahm Emanuel Urges Illinois Lawmakers To Decriminalize Marijuana

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday urged Illinois lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana. He also pushed for a statewide penalty reduction from felony to misdemeanor for those caught with 1 gram or less of a controlled substance.<p>“It doesn’t make sense that …

There’s A Looming Threat To The Way Uber And Other Rich New Startups Do Business

New York Magazine's Kevin Roose just wrote a story exposing a big threat to a whole host of successful startups.<p>Lately, there's been a rise in a new type of startup: "on demand" startups.<p>Basically they are like Uber, but instead of summoning taxi drivers, they summon other service providers — food …

When The U.S. Backs Rebels, It Doesn't Often Go As Planned

As the U.S. steps up arms and training, Syria's "moderate" rebels are joining a long line of resistance movements the Americans have backed over the decades, from Angola to Afghanistan.<p>The high-water mark was President Reagan's administration in the 1980s, when the U.S. supplied weapons to three …