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Neil DeGrasse Tyson's best quotes may make you fall in love with science all over again

But deGrasse Tyson also has a serious side, which he reveals time and again in his books, shows, Twitter page, and popular science articles.<p>Often, deGrasse Tyson's humor strikes a serious chord that not only makes us laugh but also think. As a popular science educator, deGrasse Tyson is out to …

Middle School

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

Breakthroughs

Relativity's Long String of Successful Predictions

When he unveiled his general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein wasn’t exactly met with applause. Almost no one else could do the math necessary …

In Images: Physics Photowalk Contest Winners

On Sept. 25, camera-toting science geeks roamed the halls of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California, snapping pictures of all the cool …

Imaging

Speedy Submarine Is Made Of A Single Molecule

We can't ride on the tiny submarine, tiny submarine, tiny submarine<p>In the nearly 400 years since the first submarine was invented, these underwater machines have become incredibly sophisticated. They're armed and they're really stealthy. We're even planning on sending subs to oceans on distant …

Smartwatch 'internet of things' uses body as antenna - Futurity

With a new technology, your smartwatch could know what you're touching and work with context-aware apps to do things like unlock doors or enter …

Chinese Robot Sets World Record With Continuous 83-Mile Walk

A four-legged robot built by Chinese researchers just walked 83 miles on a single battery charge, more than doubling the previous record for longest distance covered by a quadruped robot. Xingzhe (or "Walker") No. 1 resembles the design of the Cornell-built Ranger robot that traveled 41 miles for …

Autonomous robots will deliver your shopping in 2016

This small self-driving robot, which can deliver shopping and groceries to the door, will begin trundling through the streets of London in 2016.<p>The …

Watch pumpkins breathe fire, barf molten iron, and levitate thanks to science

For my 10th grade physics class, my teacher constructed a catapult that he synchronized with a magnet holding a soda can to the ceiling of the classroom, so that with the flick of a switch the can would drop, the catapult would fire, and the projectile and soda would meet in a fizzy mid-air …

The force awakens: tractor beam becomes a reality

A sonic tractor beam that can grab tiny objects and move them around has been created by scientists in Spain.<p>They used the same technology to lift and spin objects in the air using only the forces produced by a field of ultrasonic waves.<p>Though not much use for capturing vessels in the vacuum of …

Physics

What Happens When The Space Industry Collides With A Tiny Town?

Popular Science Blogs<p>SURE House<p>How to build a low-cost, hurricane-proof, green home of the future. By Stevens Institute of Technology<p>Science takes off<p>Science Takes Off<p>What Happens When The Space Industry Collides With A Tiny Town?<p>Science Takes Off<p>Dustin Riggs sits in a pliant leather chair in the …

Numbers Take a Star Turn on World Statistics Day

That special tingly feeling you’re enjoying right now? It’s because today is World Statistics Day. And what better way to celebrate this special day than by running the numbers?<p>This is only the second World Statistics Day. The first was held five years ago, on Oct. 20, 2010, a date with far greater …

My Manic-Depressive Cereal Spoon Just Lost Consciousness

I’ll get to the spoon in a minute. But first I’d like to mention zippers. Because the guy who made the spoon once had a problem with zippers. He thought he could make a better zipper. Here’s what he came up with:<p>OK, the advantage gained may be awkwardly small (or just awkward), but that’s Dominic …

5 Things To Know About The Search For Dark Matter

We know dark matter exists, but now comes the hard part: figuring out what exactly it is<p>It makes up a quarter of the universe. Without it, galaxies would fall apart, and stars would spin off into space. Dark matter is five times more abundant than normal matter (the stuff that makes up trees and …

Double catastrophe killed dinosaurs, says study

Asteroid impact and volcanic eruptions might have been a one-two punch that killed off the dinosaurs. New dates suggest the catastrophes were nearly …

How Ants Survive Flooding by Forming Giant Rafts

Behavior seen in South Carolina floods is often used as a last resort by fire ant colonies.<p>Like something out of a Victorian jungle story, big rafts of teeming fire ants have been seen this week floating in South Carolina on high water that has also ruined homes and businesses and killed nearly a …

Insects

U.S. biotech to apply artificial intelligence to UK genome study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Berg, a private company that uses artificial intelligence to discover new drugs and diagnostics, will help England's national genomics project mine DNA and health data from thousands of British citizens for potential drug targets.<p>Berg, based in Boston, was co-founded in 2006 by …

Love thy enemy's enemy: why hummingbirds nest near hawks

Tiny hummingbird eggs and babies are a favourite snack for nest-robbing jays, so what’s a mother hummingbird to do to protect her family? According to a study published recently in the journal, <i>Science Advances</i>, the hummingbird cleverly builds her nest near or under a hawk nest. The reason for this …

Birds

Fermilab's giant magnet begins its journey into the quantum badlands

Infinitesimally small particles, such as the electrons in our wires and the muons that bombard us from space, are tiny magnets. This is because they carry angular momentum - spin - and also have electric charge.<p>Magnetic fields happen whenever electric charge moves around, so the fact that …

Physics

Russia Shows Off Robotic Cockroach

Say, is this house bugged?<p>The secret roach’s name was Death's Head, aka Blaberus Cranifer, and it came from Russia on a mission. It is a small, mechanical beast, styled after the death's head cockroach. According to Russian state-owned Sputnik news site, it was built in seven months by a group at …

Super Blood Moon eclipse September 27-28

When and how to watch the September 27-28, 2015 total eclipse of the moon.<p>There is a total eclipse of the moon on the night of September 27-28, 2015. …

Tiny Motorized Robots Can Clean Carbon Dioxide Out Of Seawater

Love that flat water<p>In a restaurant you might prefer 'sparkling' carbonated water over the still variety, but in the oceans, carbonated water is a very bad thing.<p>Thanks to our penchant for burning fossil fuels, there are increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which means there …

Computer models reveal how the Universe's biggest and brightest galaxies formed

It all has to do with a big buildup of gas<p>In the far-off depths of our Universe, there are giant, luminous galaxies that are, essentially, star farms. Our home, the Milky Way, produces one to two new stars every year, but these galaxies create more than 1,000 new stars annually. How they do this …

Universe

Engineering professors among the Popular Science ‘Brilliant 10’

Honorees are ‘well on their way to making the world a safer, smarter place’ for their research of wireless networks and brain-machine interfaces.

Talking To The Martians

A conversation with NASA and the creators of The Martian<p>Hollywood rarely makes movies like <i>The Martian</i>. It’s a big-budget science-fiction film that’s set in space but doesn’t feature aliens, robots, or warp drives. The only villain is Mars itself, and the character who gets stranded there is a …

6 scientific tips to improve your writing - Futurity

A new book uses insights into the reading brain to give writers clear-cut, science-based guidelines—and to debunk some classic writing advice.

Could Foods Taste Better On Other Planets Than They Do On Earth?

Piping hot Jupiter fries, please!<p>Humans have thought a lot about the foods we will need to survive on other planets. But how will familiar flavors taste off-world? And could there be some place in this universe where delicious treats like fries, champagne, or chocolate would taste even better than …

Ice Cream