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Asteroid-bound spacecraft gets its first scientific instrument

NASA has begun attaching scientific instruments to the OSIRIS-REx probe, just over a year before it starts making its way to asteroid Bennu. The first instrument to arrive at Lockheed Martin's HQ is Arizona State University's microwave-sized device called OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer or …

12 Grilling Mistakes You Don't Have to Make (But Probably Do)

Ah, summer. That special time of year when those good spatula-wielding folks who only cook for one season out of the year (let's call 'em what they are: dads) dust off the old grill to burn a few steaks and serve up some medium-rare chicken. Okay, perhaps I'm being unfair here. There are plenty of …

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Millennials Aren't Buying Homes, but Not for the Reason You Think

As student debt has exploded, young consumers are taking out fewer mortgages and auto loans. But are student loans really to blame?<p>There’s a familiar …

Pappy v. Fireball: Two Hot Whiskeys With Wildly Different Followings

Ask a stranger about his or her whiskey preferences, and expect to hear about one of two extremes. There’s Pappy Van Winkle—ultra-rare, outrageously overpriced on the secondary market, and with a legion of zealots flying its flag. Then there’s Fireball—a cheap shot readily available for whoever …

Why Handsome Men May Be At A Disadvantage When It Comes To Hiring

Researchers have known that beautiful people have advantages. But experiments find that in many hiring and evaluation decisions, being a good looking man can be a distinct disadvantage.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>It's not hard to see that the beautiful people have it easier. In fact, a large …

Saudi Arabia plans a $100 billion mega-city to help end its oil dependence

The Persian Gulf is no stranger to sparkling new development projects, but the latest one announced by Saudi Arabia is big even by those lofty standards.<p>The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city on its western coast the size of Washington, DC — at a cost of about $100 billion. It's …

Obama to Limit Data Collection by Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence agencies will have to delete extraneous data on private citizens and limit storage of data on foreigners to five years, the Obama …

Ancient miniature solar system hints at existence of alien life

A miniature version of solar system with planets like Earth existed 11 billion years ago and could have held ancient life, say scientists<p>A miniature solar system with five Earth-sized planets existed 11 billion years ago, at the dawn of the universe, scientists have discovered.<p>The planets clustered …

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 …

Windows 10's messaging lets you use multiple chat services at once

If you're tired of jumping between multiple messaging apps to stay in touch with others, you may want to get Windows 10 when it shows up. Microsoft has revealed that the new Windows messaging client can integrate multiple internet-based services, creating a single conversation for each person …

Senate Votes 98-1 That Climate Change 'Is Not A Hoax'

Congress<p>United States senators are now on the record on the question of whether climate change is “a hoax." But a majority of the Senate, including 15 Republicans, are also on record stating that human activity contributes to climate change.<p>The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure stating that …

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SpaceX Is Now Worth More Than Dropbox, Snapchat, Or Airbnb

SpaceX raised the money from Google and Fidelity, but The WSJ's sources say the majority of the cash came from Google.<p>The search giant, which is interested in SpaceX's ambitions of using satellites to beam low-cost internet around the world, reportedly bought a 7.5% stake for $900 million.<p>That …

Google reportedly wants to sell wireless service through Sprint, T-Mobile

Google makes the software running on most smartphones, and now may also want to manage your mobile data and voice calls.<p>The world's largest online search company is getting ready to sell mobile plans that will run on Sprint and T-Mobile's cellular networks, according to The Information. The …

Meteorite is 'hard drive' from space

<b>Researchers have decoded ancient recordings from fragments of an asteroid dating back billions of years to the start of the Solar System.</b><p>They found tiny "space magnets" in meteorites which retain a memory of the birth and death of the asteroid's core.<p>Like the data recorded on the surface of a …