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6 ways to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.<p>September is the third annual World Alzheimer’s Month, a worldwide campaign organized by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness of, and challenge the stigma associated with, this debilitating condition.<p>Alzheimer’s is …

Healthy eating: The mind games of supermarkets

You’re often manipulated to buy at the supermarket. Now hidden design tricks can sway you to pick healthier food without realising, says Veronique Greenwood.<p>Every time you enter the supermarket, you're being manipulated. By design, all of the basics you're just dropping by to pick up lie on the far …

Science Shows the Best Time to Drink Coffee, and It's Probably Not When You Thought

<b>The news:</b> For most people, waking up with a cup of joe is a morning tradition — but according to scientists, you might be drinking coffee at the …

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them

Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a robot used in manufacturing and to perform …

Solar Car Powers Your House When It's Parked

Meet Stella, a practical family sedan that generates net energy<p>Her flat roof, squashed teardrop shape, and low profile don’t scream “showroom-ready family car,” but Stella, which I saw at the 2014 Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit, is indeed the world’s first four-seat …

In 5 Years, We Could All Have 'Digital Twins' That Make Decisions For Us

As a futurist and founder of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, Smart uses many names for the technology he predicts — digital twin, cyber-self, personal agent — but the concept stays the same: a computer-based version of you.<p>Using various strategies for gathering and organizing your data, …

The Week In Numbers: Origami Microscopes, Laser Turrets, And A Bit More Than One Texas

It's been a bumper week for algae.<p><b>50:</b> number of cameras researchers are using to study penguin populations in the Antarctic. You can help researchers identify penguins in adorable photographs, all while helping to train their artificial penguin-spotting intelligence.<p><b>1/2 millimeter:</b> width of a huge …

"Fantasy" of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test

Project Liberty is the first of three commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants opening this year.<p>EMMETSBURG, Iowa—Despite its grand scale, the event that marked the opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week at times felt a bit like a homey church function.<p>At a …

Dark matter? Scientists closer to seeing a vast, invisible universe

Take a look around you, and in your mind's eye, randomly wipe out all but a small fraction of what you can see. Pretend the vast rest of reality is there but invisible.<p>You'd probably like a device that helps you see much more of it.<p>Scientists working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear …

Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.<p>Transcript<p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST:<p>A couple of years ago in Switzerland after years of searching, scientists …

The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Co. noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units and …

Video: Peter Thiel On How We Can Make The Future Awesome

This week entrepreneur Peter Thiel let the Popular Science staff pick his brain on everything from the future of currency to whether or not he’d hire a sentient robot.<p>Peter Thiel has never shied from speculating on the future—and then pouring money into technologies that match that vision. As a …

Physicists Make Big Leap In Quantum Teleportation

The experiment, conducted over optical fibre at the University of Geneva, beat the team's previous record in 2003 of six kilometres (3.7 miles).<p>It showed that "the quantum state of a photon can be maintained while transporting it into a crystal without the two coming directly into contact," the …

Spooky Action In Threes: Physicists Entangle Three Particles Of Light

The entangled triplets are unusually stable.<p>As if it weren't hard enough already to imagine it in twos, physicists have entangled three photons with each other. Entanglement is a counterintuitive quantum physics phenomenon, in which a particle influences all the others with which it's entangled -- …

Watch this cartoon to finally understand quantum computing

New polymer makes solar cells more efficient - Futurity

A new polymer allows electrical charges to move more easily through solar cells, boosting electricity production.

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

The Science Behind Posture and How It Affects Your Brain

I'll confess up front: I have terrible posture. It's been bad since I was in high school at least, and probably for even longer than that. It's one …

Ergonomics

Get Free Stuff All Year Long with This Master List of Freebie Holidays

Practically every day of the calendar has a "holiday" you can celebrate, from the "Polar Bear Plunge Day" on New Year's Day to "Make Up Your Mind …

Forest Freak

Skills Every Young Man Should Know | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: An AoM reader recently wrote me a letter recommending I look up this old essay, which originally appeared in Harper’s Magazine in</i> …