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Does Coffee Give You A Different Buzz Than Tea?

Short answer: Yes, in subtle ways<p>Eighty-nine percent of American adults regularly consume caffeine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two-thirds get it from coffee, one-sixth from tea, and the rest from soft drinks. People tend to assume caffeine is the only stimulant in …

Coffee

Smartphones and tablets need 'bedtime mode' to improve children's sleep

Phones, tablets and e-readers currently cause sleep disruptions, and need to shift to 'bed' mode at night, says children's sleep medicine expert<p>More devices like the iPhone, iPad and Kindle emit a blue light that causes our sleep to be restless and disrupted, according to a new study.<p>Led by Dr Paul …

Research

Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend, hours after discovery

Discovered on Saturday, closest just hours later, this small asteroid came closer to Earth than weather and television satellites orbit.<p>A small space …

Two Billion People Rely On Snow For Drinking Water, And Supplies Are Melting

Let's hope for a white Christmas<p>A lack of snow is bad for skiers, but it's even worse for our future. Earlier this year, a study found that the snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada mountains was at its lowest level in 500 years, which is bad news for a state deep in drought, but California is …

Water

FAA Tests System To Let Drones Sense And Avoid Obstacles

Steer clear<p>On Monday, the FAA is going down to North Carolina to see if drones can learn to avoid obstacles. The tests will take place at Butner, about 200 miles away from where the Wright Brothers first flew, and the milestone in aviation they’ll mark is much more modest. The brothers proved …

Drones

Watch SpaceX fire up its Crew Dragon capsule's escape engines

Space Travel

Take a 360-Degree Video Tour of Times Square

With PopSci Tech Editor Michael Nuñez and Social Media Editor Jason Lederman<p>Yesterday, Facebook introduced the ability to upload and watch 360-degree videos on all devices. <i>Popular Science</i> is putting it to the test. Using a Ricoh Theta S camera, tech editor Michael Nuñez and social media editor …

New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Spots Reveal A Few More Secrets

Still no Luke Skywalker in sight, but the film lands December 18th<p>There's been a disturbance in the Force. Several disturbances lately, actually: two new TV spots for the much-anticipated sequel <i>Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens</i> hit the interwebs this morning, bringing us more revealing new …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

To find aliens, we need to build a giant space parasol

Could the light from stars be hiding evidence of extraterrestrial life? A giant “Starshade” could soon reveal answers.<p>Alien hunting isn’t just tabloid fodder anymore. Over the last few years, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets outside the Solar System, suggesting that the galaxy is …

Universe

Scientists Invent A Liquid With Holes In It

Unique porous fluid could suck up and lock away unwanted molecules<p>You've heard of holy water, but what about hole-y water?<p>In a paper published this week in <i>Nature,</i> researchers announced that they have developed a liquid with its molecules structured in such a way that they have 'holes' within the …

Chemistry

How To Make A Smartphone-Powered Hologram [Video]

For less than $1<p>Holograms aren’t just for droids and dead rappers. You can make your own with a piece of transparency paper and a four-sided hologram video. Properly folded, the transparency will combine the images on a phone or tablet screen to create “a reflection that gives you the illusion of …

Holograms

A Grand Bargain With Putin Against ISIS?

What follows is not very pretty. But it may be the best option available in a crisis without good options.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin has made no secret of the fact that he would like some kind of political settlement with the West. The German magazine <i>Der Spiegel</i> has just published a leaked …

US heroin coming from Mexican cartels

Spencer Platt/Getty Images<p>Heroin use in the US has grown by a staggering amount in recent years.<p>A report issued this summer by the Centers for Disease Control found the number of heroin users in the US had grown by almost 300,000 over the last decade, and the increase has occurred among men and …

A Thought Experiment in Taking Out Wedding Parties

<i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Here's a little thought experiment: imagine that we're in Kansas (without Toto) and a bridal party in three rented limos is heading down a highway toward a church where a wedding is about to take place. Suddenly, a small out-of-control plane plummets into those …

Vigil honors California student slain in Paris attacks | Reuters

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - More than 1,000 people overflowed a ballroom at California State University, Long Beach, on Sunday to honor and remember an exchange student who was cut down indiscrimately by suspected Islamic State militants in Paris on Friday.<p>A woman places flowers at a makeshift …

Boston Marathon

Governor Of Alabama Says His State Will Refuse Syrian Refugees

"I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way," Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Sunday night. Michigan's governor also said Sunday he will suspend the state's plans to accept more refugees.<p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced in a …

North Africa

Carson: Cut illegal immigration by cutting benefits

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he would cut down on illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border by …

Immigration

G20: US, Russia discuss war in Syria

After the shock of the terrorist attacks in Paris, there has been some movement on the diplomatic front as both Obama and Putin met to discuss how to …