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Fallout 4 Player Accidentally Falls in Sea, Finds Mysterious Structure

The Boston wasteland depicted in Bethesda's Fallout 4 is garnished with many secrets. Finding these crafted and concealed golden nuggets are a satisfying reward for the more adventurous wasteland wanderers. More exciting, however, is the moment when you stumble upon something that the game's …

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Audials Radio - a radio app done right

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Apple's first employee: The remarkable odyssey of Bill Fernandez

Perhaps best known as the guy who introduced Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Bill Fernandez speaks out on Apple's founding magic, how love built the …

Tests show modern SSDs can handle a thousand years of use

Most heavy data users can't wait for the day when hard disks, with their fragile, spinny parts, are put out to pasture for good. But just how much better are SSDs? Despite any horror stories you may have heard, the answer is <i>a lot,</i> according to tests on recent models by <i>The Tech Repor</i><i>t</i>. It forced six …

With Cortana on Windows 10, Microsoft's bringing its virtual assistant full circle

After watching early footage of Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana in Windows 10 (below), its impending takeover of the Microsoft Borg seems inevitable. There's a lot riding on Cortana, after all. After being released in the U.S. earlier this year, it's now slowly rolling out across the globe. …

6 apps for saying something when you have nothing to say

Tweeting, texting, and other forms of messaging have rapidly taken over our communications, but sometimes even 140 characters is too much. A slew of new apps are pushing to slim conversations down to little more than an acknowledgement or quick drawing. This race started with the introduction of Yo …

Research says alien life could exist but chances of contact are slim

It's incredibly likely that we aren't alone in the universe, but the chances of us making contact with extra-terrestrials aren't nearly as high. Astrobiologist Amri Wandel seeks to expand on the Drake equation (a formula used to encapsulate the variables scientists looking for E.T.s should …

Watch the PlayStation Experience 2014 keynote right here!

Couldn't make it to Las Vegas this weekend to check out the first PlayStation Experience? Well, we've got you covered with a livestream of the event right after the break. If the official image above is any indication, we can expect to hear quite a bit about <i>Until Dawn</i>, <i>Mortal Kombat X</i>, <i>Uncharted 4: A</i> …

XNA: Synthetic DNA That Can Evolve

By swapping sugars in the DNA helix, scientists have created a new kind of genetic code that can function and evolve like regular DNA.<p><b>Every living thing on Earth</b> uses DNA or RNA to carry its genetic instructions for life. These two nucleic acids have different names because they're built from …

How the Dual Jet Stream Sparks This Weird Summer Weather

Ninety-degree temperatures in Alaska? Bizarre flooding in Europe? Blame the appearance of a double jet stream.<p><b>What's with the weird weather this month?</b> In case you missed it, McGrath, Alaska, hit 94 degrees on June 17, four degrees warmer than Miami, which sits 4200 miles closer to the equator. On …

10 Questions for Oculus Rift CEO Palmer Luckey

The Oculus Rift is a stunning virtual-reality headset for gamers. In PopMech's test, we found that "the experience is so immersive that it's actually a bit disorienting." Today, we sit down for a few questions and answers with Oculus Rift founder, CEO, and wunderkind Palmer Luckey.<p>What makes the …

The World's 18 Strangest Homes: Gallery

As homeowners begin shifting toward more sustainable, off-the-grid, DIY habitats, more personal, unique homes are inevitable. Here we look at innovative, bizarre and one-of-a-kind homes and what ma...

5 Theme Park Rides That Pushed the Limits of Common Sense

Thrill rides are designed to trick our bodies and brains into thinking we are in mortal danger. And usually it is just that -- a trick that causes an exhilarating surge in our adrenaline levels. But in the quest for bigger and better thrills, some rides attempt to betray the laws of physics. And …

Top 10 Craziest Plane Landings Caught on Video

Landing a plane is a tricky proposition under the best of circumstances. That said, some scary landings are actually great examples of fantastic piloting. Here are some of the best and worst, caught on video.

How to Restore Your Data After a Hard Drive Crash

So you remember to back up your data before a hard drive crash. Congratulation. But now it'd time to get down to the hard work of restoring your data. Here's how.<p><b>When my computer wouldn't boot for the</b> second time in one week, I knew the end was coming for the 4-year-old PC. It was hard to diagnose …

25 Skills Every Man Should Know: Your Ultimate DIY Guide

These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to do yourself. Study our master list with step-by-step tips from the experts, and test your DIY aptitude each step of the way.<p>These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to …

Solving the Password Problem

What makes a good password, how do you keep track of all the different ones you're supposed to have, and is there hope for a future free of passwords?<p><b>Getting hacked is becoming an Internet rite</b> of passage. Consider 2012 alone: First Zappos was hacked, its customers' passwords and other personal …

How to Drive on the Beach--Without Getting Stuck

Driving on hard-packed beach sand, like at Daytona Beach, is a piece of cake. Any car will do, because the moisture in the sand keeps it cohesive. The biggest problem you might have is leaving the car parked until the tide comes in. Loose, fluffy sand, however, is a more difficult proposition. Here …

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

20 DIY Mistakes We've Made (So You Don't Have To)

The editors here at Popular Mechanics would like you to know that we're not perfect. Whether tackling home improvements or making automotive repairs, we've all made our fair share of mistakes. Here are some of the worst. If you've got some that you'd like to share, send them to …

Declassified: America's Secret Flying Saucer

In the 1950s, a small team of engineers set to work on a secret program called Project 1794—a supersonic craft designed to shoot down Soviet bombers. Now a trove of declassified documents reveals the audacious mission to build a flying saucer.<p>In September 2012, Michael Rhodes, a technician at the …

Finally! A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

After more than 30 years without a winner, the Sikorsky Prize has a champion. Today aeronautical startup Aerovelo confirmed that its human-powered helo, Atlas, has won the competition. (Take a closer look at the aircraft in our photo gallery.)<p><b>A quixotic Kickstarter-funded project</b> has won the …

How Nanobot Swarms Will Hunt Down Cancer Cells

Scientists use magnetic fields to guide an army of tiny nanobots inside the body.<p>Sabine Hauert of Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Sangeeta Bhatia of MIT are working on giving nanoparticles a sort of swarm intelligence they could use to target tumors in the body as a team. A single nanoparticle may …

NASA's Orion Successfully Launched And Here's Why It Matters

NASA will launch its first Orion crew vehicle on an unmanned test flight from Cape Canaveral on December 4. But the mission will be far from a complete test of the systems needed to send astronauts into space.<p><b>UPDATE</b>: Orion successfully splashed down back on Earth right on schedule, at 11:29 a.m. …

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

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Elon Musk: Our Savior, The Supervillain

How one technology mogul's terror of extinction serves the human race<p>This month, Elon Musk reminded us once again why he's the most entertaining executive alive. In an online comment that's since been deleted, Musk wrote about his fears concerning artificial intelligence (AI) research and how fast …

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Welcome To The New Popular Science

We rebuilt PopularScience.com just for you. Ok, and maybe a little for us, too.<p>Dictionaries change, seasons change, even atoms change—let's hear it for radiation! But science's meteoric rise in pop culture continues to surprise us. I like to say there's no better time to work for <i>Popular Science</i>, …

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Regin Spyware Collects Government and Industry Secrets, Then Covers Its Tracks

Malware so complex, it can only have been made by an intelligence agency.<p>In movies it sometimes seems like computer viruses are capable of doing anything. More often than not that's a matter of dramatic license, but a recently discovered piece of complex malware suggests that truth may actually be …

45 Amazing Gifts To Buy For The Family Nerd

Popular Science editors roll out their holiday wish lists<p>Updated:<p>We like to geek out over all kinds of things here at <i>Popular Science</i>. From retro-cool, to cutting-edge, to future-tech—there's nothing like a good gizmo to get our gears whirring.<p>Here, we've put together a list of the particular gifts …

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Decipher Your Car's 'Check Engine' Light Via Bluetooth

A little wireless car whisperer<p>Despite my fondness for (and previous career in) computer troubleshooting, I find myself at sea when it comes to dealing with my car. But fortunately pretty much every car <i>has</i> a computer in it these days, and that onboard system can provide a first step to diagnosing a …

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