Andrew Gordon

22 Flips | 1 Magazine | @awgordon | Keep up with Andrew Gordon on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Andrew Gordon”

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

The Different Ways Men And Women Talk On Facebook

Word clouds from the Facebook messages of 75,000 volunteers<p>Ugh, how stereotypical can we be? In a study of the different words used by various demographics of Facebook users in their status updates, women talked most about shopping and their hair, while men posted about sports, video games and …

Mars rover uncovers a surprisingly Earth-like rock

Analysis of a rock on Mars by the rover Curiosity suggests parts of the red planet may be more like our own than we ever knew.<p>The findings are …

MacArthur Genius Working to Bring Sight to the Blind

Sheila Nirenberg didn't think a prosthetic eye was possible. Now, she's seeing the light of the future.<p><i>"This year's class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity," said Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the</i> …

Mars Curiosity rover to continue operation despite federal government shutdown

The shuttering of the federal government has resulted in NASA shutting down almost completely — but for the time being at least, the Mars Curiosity rover won't be affected. A spokesperson for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which operates both Curiosity and the older Spirit rover, has clarified to</i> …

First Cloudy Alien Planet Spotted From Earth

Call it cloudy with a low chance of meatballs. The alien world Kepler-7b — a very reflective world in big telescopes — has clouds in its upper atmosphere. And scientists have actually been able to map those out, despite the planet’s great distance from Earth (at least 1,000 light-years away.)<p>It’s …

The Top U.S. Dog Breeds [Infographic]

The most popular pooches.<p>Yellow - Labrador retriever 14%<br>Yellow/Orange - German shepherd 8%<br>Orange - Golden retriever 5%<br>Orange/Red - Beagle 5%<br>Red - Bulldog 4%<br>Blue- Other 64%<p><i>This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of</i> Popular Science.

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

New theory explains seeds of life in asteroids

An alternative to a long-taught – but largely discredited – theory that seeks to explain how biomolecules were once able to form inside of …

Valentina Tereshkova, 76, first woman in space, seeks one-way ticket to Mars

Having reached the age of 76, it might be expected that Valentina Tereshkova would be planning a life of quiet gentility: a bit of gardening, perhaps, or catching up on reading. Far from it. The <i>grande dame</i> of astronautics has no intention of retiring gracefully, she has revealed. Indeed, she has a …

October 2013's Hottest Gadgets

Do special running shoes help prevent foot injury?

Trainers designed to cushion feet and raise heels reduce problems, we’re told. But is it true? Claudia Hammond discovers the evidence is not quite so clear-cut.<p>If, like me, you run regularly enough to use customised trainers, the fun of choosing new ones can be outweighed by the embarrassment of …

Running

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

The Government Shutdown's Final Frontier: How NASA Is Dealing

If ET wants to phone home, this is not the week to do it. NASA's phone lines are down, as are its website and many Twitter feeds. All have been silenced by the government shutdown, whose far-reaching consequences are now stretching into space.<p>The shutdown began on Tuesday, after Republicans and …

A DEET-Like Mosquito Spray That Smells Like Jasmine Or Grapes?

California scientists are reporting a pair of victories in the epic struggle between man and mosquito.<p>A team at the University of California, Riverside, appears to have finally figured out how bugs detect the insect repellent known as DEET. And the team used its discovery to identify several …

3 Odd Facts About Pigeons

The 6 Best Science Lessons From Breaking Bad

Goodbye, BB. Thanks for the education. (Don't worry—there are no final-season spoilers here!)<p>The tale of Walter White, high-school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin, ended on Sunday, leaving us with only memories, an almost preposterously high body count, and <i>science</i>. _Breaking Bad _wasn't …

The Band Perry backstage Q&A at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013

Tim McGraw Talks Next Album, Faith Hill, & Tomorrowland backstage Q&A at iHeartRadio Music Festival