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10 Things We're Obsessed With In November

Some things are just...better<p><i>This article was originally published in the November 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Obsessed.”</i>

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.

Six Dark Comic Book Story Arcs Featuring Popular Superheroes

Vegan grocery list: Top 50 staples for a meat-free diet

A well-stocked vegan kitchen can make the difference between ho-hum and hubba hubba when it comes to plant-based cooking and eating.<p>Just because …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Looks Bullish, Morning and Evening Stars Shine

Starstruck<p>As the moon moves next to the red eye of Taurus, Mercury appears at sunrise.<p>This week, the moon barrels through the celestial bull and winks out a star, while the gods of love and war part ways.<p><b>Bullish moon.</b> After darkness sets in on Tuesday, February 24, look for the waxing crescent moon …


The 10 Best Gadgets And Gizmos We Saw At Toy Fair 2015

Kids these days have it really good<p>Every year, the North American International Toy Fair hosts more than a thousand toy makers, distributors, and major retailers in New York City. And that makes for a super fun weekend.<p>The staff of <i>Popular Science</i> have scoured the 2015 Toy Fair showroom over the …

Stripes Are Cool

Wildlife<p><i>And not just cool-looking</i>.<p>Thanks to funding from the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration, we have recently published our first paper about how the zebra got its stripes. The paper was published in Royal Society Open Science (details below) in January and has been …

A Dongle For Detecting HIV And Syphilis

Rapid, inexpensive, easy to use point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests are critically important in stemming infectious diseases, particularly in developing countries. Researchers at Dr. Sam Sia’s Columbia University lab have invented a promising device that can detect both HIV and syphilis and have …

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