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Castles Etched On Grains Of Sand And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Is Anti-Gravity Possible? Brian Greene's WSU Has The Answer

By now you've probably heard about Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of <i>Cosmos</i>, running every Sunday night on FOX (yes, that FOX) for the last few weeks. It was a controversial step to take Carl Sagan's beloved early 1980s-era tour of the universe and revamp it for the modern era. According to most …

'The Room 2' is a stunning sequel to Apple's iPad game of the year

More puzzles, more scares<p><i>The Room</i> is a decidedly simple game. In each level you're presented with an intricately designed puzzle box, and you just need to figure out how to open it. It uses familiar controls — you pinch, swipe, and drag your fingers along the screen to scrutinize the 3D object from …

Snapchat's Evan Spiegel: 'Deleting should be the default'

Evan Spiegel’s app Snapchat is setting a new standard for the internet, he tells Matt Warman<p>Evan Spiegel is 23. He lives at home with his dad. And he’s worth at least $3billion.<p>This is not thanks to inheriting a fortune or winning a lottery: the app he built is now on one in four smartphones in the …

'Bionic man' makes debut at Washington's Air and Space Museum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A first-ever walking, talking “bionic man” built entirely out of synthetic body parts made his Washington debut on Thursday.<p>An engineer makes an adjustment to the robot "The Incredible Bionic Man" at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington October 17, …

Meet The Researcher Whose Fake-Poop Project Could Save Your Life

Emma Allen-Vercoe's fecal-transplant treatment could battle lethal gastrointestinal infections.<p>Done with your lunch? Good, here we go: You may know that implanting feces from healthy people into sick people can treat the deadly gastrointestinal infection caused by the bacterium <i>Clostridium …

What Pangaea Would Look Like With Today's Political Boundaries [Infographic]

Goodbye, East Coast.<p>About 300 million years ago, the supercontinent of Pangaea started to break apart into the continents we live on today. An Italian designer who goes by the name Massimo put Pangaea back together, then added on modern political boundaries, creating the map you see here. Brazil …

U.S. 'Space Fence' Will Cease To Operate, Site Says

A U.S. radar system that tracks thousands of objects orbiting Earth — from satellites to harmful debris — has been slated for shutdown, according to the Space News site. The ground-based network known as the "Space Fence" may cease to operate in October.<p>"This is your notice to begin preparing the …

What Twins Reveal About The Science Of Faith

Studies of twins suggest that faith is influenced by genes.<p>I am frequently asked by journalists to recall the most surprising finding of our twin studies. The study of religion and belief in God is the one that always comes to mind, and the results are not easily accepted by many people. Most …

What Elle Magazine Got Wrong In Its Shoddy Takedown Of Genetically Modified Corn

A Slate investigation finds no merit in one writer's claim that she's allergic to genetically modified corn.<p>Genetically modified food has all the ingredients to scare the pants off us: Chemicals! Technology! Big ag! The uncertainty of modern development! Like it or not, most of what we eat in the …

ScienceCasts: The Strange Attraction of Hot Jupiters

With new products far off, Apple faces sluggish summer

The second half of 2013 may well mark Apple Inc.'s return to blockbuster profit growth. But in the meantime, there's probably a little more pain ahead.<p>Apple reports its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday. According to Thomson Reuters, analysts are expecting, on average, earnings of $7.31 (U.S.) per …

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Dolphins call each other by name

“Our results present the first case of naming in mammals, providing a clear parallel between dolphin and human communication.” – Marine biologist …

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Strange new features on the Sun revealed in first images from NASA's IRIS telescope

Looking directly at the Sun is not advised, but it's exactly what NASA's recently-launched unmanned IRIS spacecraft is designed to do. In fact, the spacecraft, which was launched into orbit 328 miles above the Earth in late June, has already returned its first batch of images of the Sun's …

How to calm sibling squabbles

<b>PENN STATE (US) —</b> New research suggests intervention strategies that can cultivate healthy and supportive sibling relationships.<p>The relationship …

New For Space Tourists: A Light, Comfy Space Suit

Private space company Final Frontier Design shows off the latest orbital fashion.<p>Final Frontier Design, a Brooklyn, NY-based space company, unveiled their new "3G" space suit yesterday on Capitol Hill. The company's previous suit won a 2013 <i>Popular Science</i> invention award, and this third-generation …

The Terrifying Truth About Bananas

Curiosity rover finds evidence Mars lost its atmosphere 4bn years ago

A mysterious, catastrophic event tore away the atmosphere of Mars, according to the first detailed analysis of the make-up of the air on the Red …

The Moon's Mystery: Scientists Debate How it Formed

How was our planet's satellite formed? Scientists are still searching for the answer.<p><b>It has taken centuries for scientists to settle on a creation story for our moon, the most popular of which is depicted on the July cover of National Geographic magazine. But as I learned at a recent lunch with</b> …

The quest is to clone a mammoth. The question is: should we do it?

The idea would make headlines around the world and bring tears of joy to the planet's journalists. An adorable baby woolly mammoth, tottering on its …

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NASA Successfully Tests First 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Injector

Another step toward the day when 3-D printers spit out entire spacecraft.<p>We've seen 3-D printed aircraft and drone parts, and even plans for a printable private jet. Now NASA has demonstrated another 3-D printing first: The agency has just finished successful tests of a 3-D printed rocket engine …

The Science Behind The Summer's Biggest Blockbusters

The answers to the most nagging, fascinating, and bizarre questions of the summer movie season.<p>How Strong Can Someone Become?<p><b>Inspired By Man Of Steel</b><p><b>THE PLOT:</b> In the latest remake of the 75-year-old comic franchise, Superman, an innocent farmer's son, discovers his powers and saves the planet from …

Why Is Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Such A Piece Of Crap?

Amazing new plane keeps catching on fire. Here are the questions you've been asking and the answers you need.<p><i>This article was originally published on January 17, 2013.—Eds.</i><p><b>Q: What is the 787 Dreamliner and why do we care?</b> <b><br>A:</b> The Dreamliner is a massive jet from Boeing, the company's most …

Hubble telescope discovers alien 'deep blue' planet

The heavens are home to an alien world that shines a deep cobalt blue in a solar system far, far away from our own.<p>Astronomers used the ageing Hubble …