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Ultrakam lets iOS cinematographers shoot at film-quality resolution

These days, it seems, everyone’s a videographer. We can attribute (or blame) that phenomenon at least partly on the ubiquity of video on smartphones and consumer cameras.<p>But now there’s a way for mobile filmmakers of all levels to push even harder beyond creative limits. VFXWarrior today launched …

The Pirate Bay Kicks Off April Fools' Day Early

The Pirate Bay is known for causing controversy and disrupting the status quo, so it’s perhaps apt that the file-sharing group kicked off this year’s inevitable deluge of April Fools’ Day stunts with the announcement of “the biggest step in our history.”<p>After years of being driven from domain to …

Is Android the real target of latest Apple vs Samsung patent battle that starts today?

Pieces in <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> suggest that the real target of Apple’s second courtroom patent battle with Samsung may be Android.<p>Some features in Samsung devices that Apple objects to are part of Google’s Android operating system, by far the most popular mobile operating …

5 Things Every Beginning Android App Developer Should Know

<i>Gil Dudkiewicz is the CEO of StartApp, a mobile advertising platform.</i><p>The world has entered a mobile age, and the app industry is booming as a result. Worth $53 billion in 2012, the global app economy is expected to grow to $143 billion by 2016. Everyone wants a piece of the digital pie, but few …

Software at the Supreme Court: A guide to Monday’s blockbuster patent case

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: flickr / dbking<p>On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether a company named Alice Corp can own an …

Virtual Reality's Future Is In The Hands Of This 21-Year-Old Oculus Inventor

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.</i><p>You might have heard: Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion. Whether you like it or not, virtual reality will be a big part of the future of technology, and Facebook is making that possible.<p>About a month before …

Science Weekly podcast: how to rebuild our world from scratch

This week on the show <b>Alok Jha</b> meets <b>Lewis Dartnell</b> to discuss his new book The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch.<p>Lewis argues that a handbook of key scientific principles and practical tips will be all you need as a survivor of an apocalyptic breakdown of society.<p><b>Ian Sample</b>, the …

Why Do Animals Sometimes Kill Their Babies?

Is it natural—or pathological—when a mother kills and eats her own offspring? Or when a brother kills his sister's child?<p>When Khali, a sloth bear at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., went into labor in late December last year, her keepers were thrilled. But soon after Khali …

This Dad Makes Awesome CGI Videos Of His Son

Normally, videos of somebody's kid are boring. But when the dad works with Pixar? Way less boring.<p>Daniel Hashimoto appears to be a pretty cool dad. The After Effects artist for DreamWorks Studios does his magic on videos of his 3-year-old son, transforming the little guy into a superhero capable of …

Action Movies

Ebola outbreak spreads to Liberia after killing 70 in Guinea

The World Health Organization has confirmed that an outbreak of the ebola virus that has killed 70 people in Guinea has spread to Liberia. Two cases of the disease have been reported in the country, and Reuters says that another 11 deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone — both of which share borders …

Video: Predictions from TED Talks, 1984-2014

Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an …

West Nile virus may have met its match: tobacco

A drug made inside tobacco plants neutralizes West Nile virus in mice<p>Some people think of tobacco as a drug, whereas others think of it as a therapy — or both. But for the most part, it's hard to find people who think of the tobacco plant in terms of its medical applications. Qiang Chen, an …

United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

The United States Navy Research Laboratory has unveiled two modules they are testing to capture solar energy from space and divert its power to …

Q&A: Giant-Bird Research Illuminates “Chicken From Hell” Dinosaur

A bird-and-dinosaur expert weighs in on the similarities.<p>Todd Green is an authority on both emus and dinosaurs—an unusual combination.<p>A zoologist who prepares skeletons and draws dinosaurs for the skeleton display company Osteosaur, Green has also spent hundreds of hours wrangling emus on a …

The search for seeds of black holes

How do you grow a supermassive black hole that is a million to a billion times the mass of our Sun? Astronomers do not know the answer, but a new …

Here's What Happens When You Give Geeks Gel & A Blow Torch (VIDEO)

There's really only one reason you should ever light another person on fire, and that's if you're a scientist who has a burning curiosity--and ready access to professional-grade firefighting and safety gear. If you happen to have a video camera on hand, that's a bonus.<p>This week on the Youtube …

Mars One To Build Simulated Colony For One-Way Astronauts

People selected to live on the Red Planet will train inside an earthbound outpost. If they don't go crazy, they just might make the real trip.<p>Creating a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2025 will require serious training. To prepare its future astronauts for the task, the Netherlands-based …

Space Science

New Skull Reveals A Simpler Family Tree — NOVA Next | PBS

It took just one skull, but it allowed anthropologists to drastically simplify our evolutionary family tree. The 1.8-million-year-old specimen was …

Humanity

Docs to Test Suspended Animation

Why do cats purr?

These comforting sounds are good for them and for us, too.<p>It's easy to assume that cats purr because they're happy. After all, when your kitty …

Tiny space rock has solar system's smallest rings

Space rock 10199 Chariklo is no threat to Earth. The small celestial body — about 250 kilometers (155 miles) in diameter — has an orbit around the sun that places it between Saturn and Uranus, meaning that until recently, astronomers had no call to look closely at it. But when Chariklo passed in …

How an Underappreciated iOS 7 Feature Will Change the World

A curious download hit Apple’s App Store this week: a messaging app called FireChat.<p>It’s a new kind of app because it uses an iOS feature unavailable until version 7: the Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The app was developed by the crowdsourced connectivity provider Open Garden and this is their …

Giles Fraser says scientists are replacing theologians. Some thoughts on that

This transition can of course only be for the best. And this good-humoured article is definitely a step up from the "science is the new religion" trope I feared from the headline. Fraser talks about two desires that many (though perhaps not all) of us have. One is to understand the world we live …

Radio Tecnico: How The Zetas Cartel Took Over Mexico With Walkie-Talkies

Inside the communications infrastructure of the ultraviolent syndicate<p>On September 16, 2008, Carl Pike, the deputy head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division, watched live video feeds from a command center outside Washington, D.C., as federal agents fanned out across …

Mexico

Which Animal Species Would Fare Best After Noah's Ark?

In which Popular Science worries about inbreeding.<p>This weekend Russell Crowe, as the lead role in Darren Aronofsky​'s $125 million production of <i>Noah</i>, will pile countless animals into a wooden ark in anticipation of a watery apocalypse.<p>Here at_ Popular Science_, we know that when an animal …

New Kinect for Windows drops the Xbox One logo, adds a power cable

Last year, Microsoft said that the next-gen version of Kinect was coming to Windows, but has been relatively quiet since. That changes now, as Redmond has lifted the curtain on the new sensor and it looks... a lot like the Xbox One version. The unit is missing the Xbox logo power-indicator of its …

With Microsoft's Project Spark, Anyone Can Build A Video Game

Microsoft wants gamers build their own worlds—playable game worlds, in fact. Microsoft’s Project Spark, in open beta now for Windows 8 and the Xbox One, splices together a Minecraft-like sandbox with actual developer tools, enabling budding game makers to actually build a playable game from scratch …

Titanfall confines cheaters to aimbot playpen

Respawn's cheat bans for the PC version of <i>Titanfall</i> have started to come into effect, trapping players in what amounts to a cheat "Wimbledon".<p>Respawn …