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How Plastic In The Ocean Is Contaminating Your Seafood

We've long known that the fish we eat are exposed to toxic chemicals in the rivers, bays and oceans they inhabit. The substance that's gotten the most attention — because it has shown up at disturbingly high levels in some fish — is mercury.<p>But mercury is just one of a slew of synthetic and organic …

Science Book Picks for 2013

Do you have a favorite science-themed book from this past year? We're making our list, and checking it twice, when Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum and Brainpickings.org editor Maria Popova join Ira Flatow to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2013.<p>…

Comet ISON is Dead, Researchers Say

Comet ISON is officially dead, researchers now say.<p>After days of speculation about whether the comet had survived its encounter with the sun, …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Murmuration, Venus, in day’s last light

A flock of starlings is known as a “chattering,” “clattering,” “cloud,” “congregation,” or “murmuration.”<p>Conor Ledwith Photography posted this photo …

Astronomy

Popular Science on Twitter: "Fewer reindeer, more wildfires: Welcome to the Arctic in 2013 http://t.co/bAMM2oKIKx http://t.co/z7n6fanZ3z"

Water vapor venting from Jupiter’s moon, Europa

If these plumes vent from Europa’s subsurface water ocean, future scientists won’t need to drill into Europa’s icy crust to investigate the potential …

Supervolcano Beneath Yellowstone Far Bigger Than Previously Thought

The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is far bigger than thought.<p>A new study shows that the magma chamber is about 2.5 times …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Artificial Intelligence

New York Tests Laser Detection System For Subway Tracks

Lasers that scan for people on tracks might just save a few commuters' lives.<p>In December of 2012, Ki Suk Han was fatally pushed onto the train tracks at Manhattan's 49th Street subway station. The <i>New York Post</i> rain a picture of Han on its front page, showing him moments before death, clinging to …

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Iran sends monkey into space for second time

According to state-run media outlet Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Iran successfully launched its second monkey to space and back, the country's latest step toward sending humans into orbit. The monkey, named Fargam, was flown on Iran's liquid-fueled <i>Pajohesh</i> rocket for a 15-minute mission …