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A prosthetics expert says we're nearing a breakthrough in connecting brains to machines

As program manager and chief engineer for the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, McLoughlin helped lead the development of "modular prosthetic limb" technologies, which have helped amputees experience lifelike movement of prosthetic limbs.<p>The initiative has been backed by …

Disability

Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

The 15 Most Popular GIFs of 2015

For hundreds of years, the meaning of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics were a mystery to the world. Likewise, to the less than tech-savvy web user, …

25 Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Want to Quit Your Job and Travel the World

Our passion lies in adventure photography. If you give us a chance, we'll be out in the wilderness with no questions asked.<p>Our passion lies in adventure photography. If you give us a chance, we'll be out in the wilderness with no questions asked. Chanel and myself grew up in a Johannesburg, which …

Outdoors

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

How to grocery shop for one person

By Gabi Moskowitz<p><i>Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly noted the source for how much Americans spend on uneaten food. The version below has been corrected.</i><p>A few months ago, my friend Lev asked me for a basic grocery list he could refer to when he made his weekly or biweekly …

Food

Why have we yet to be enchanted by the internet of things?

One of the leading thinkers in the new computing sector known as the internet of things (IoT) can’t help but look at all the flashy, expensive, feature-packed gadgets on the market today – things like Google Glass or the Apple Watch – and keep coming away with the same thought: too many device …

Apple Watch

Your New Ride To Space

You don’t need a rocket to leave Earth. There’s a slower, gentler trip in the works—and it comes with a cocktail.<p>When Alan Eustace lifted off into space from the New Mexico desert this past October, it was with a quiet whoosh, and a slight jostle of his harness. The 57-year-old computer scientist …

23 Books You Need To Read Before Watching The Movie Versions

Because the book is always better.

Books

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

Apps

A Park Ranger's Guide to Grand Canyon

TravelInsider's Guide<p>The road to the Grand Canyon from the south crosses a gently rising plateau that gives no hint at what is about to unfold. You wonder if you have made a wrong turn. All at once an immense gorge a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide opens up.<p><b>Jill Staurowsky</b> has worked as an …

Best places to eat on a Texas road trip (updated)

Image 1of/58<p>Caption<p>Close<p>A road trip weekend is upon us. And as any Texan knows, that includes some requisite smoked meat and chicken-fried steak …

Beyond Pistorius: rise of 'cyberathletes' could change sport as we know it

<b>(CNN) —</b> Andy Lewis' dream died when he was 16. Just out of school, the Englishman had been accepted for an elite traineeship with the army when he was hit by a truck, which resulted in most of his left leg being amputated.<p>The available prosthetics were basic and uncomfortable, severely restricting …

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 …

10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With a Can of Coke

That cola in your fridge is about to get a lot more useful.<p><b>Clean Your Toilet</b><p>Out of toilet cleaner? The phosphoric acid in Coca-Cola can take care of buildup. Pour a 12-ounce can of Coke in the bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrub the sides of your toilet with a brush, then flush for a sparkle …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

19 Easy And Adorable Animal Snacks To Make With Kids

Babysitters and parental units, meet your new secret snack weapon.<p>Thanks to <i>Canadian Family</i> columnist Jill Dubien for lots of these cute ideas.

Cute

8 Things Your Lawn Is Trying to Tell You

Nothing adds more curb appeal to your home than a beautiful, lush, well-manicured lawn. But sometimes droughts, fungi, insects, or other problems can wreak havoc, turning the green sea of grass into a mishmash of ugly brown spots, wilted blades, or matted grass.<p>Nothing adds more curb appeal to your …

9 Top Tech Myths Debunked

Does more bars really mean better mobile service? Are ones really gone forever once you empty the trash? PopMech tackles some of the most frustrating falsehoods of the digital age<p>Does more bars really mean better mobile service? Are ones really gone forever once you empty the trash? PopMech tackles …

5 Eco-Friendly Cities Built From The Ground Up

From Incheon, South Korea, to Osceola County, Florida<p><b>Lavasa</b> <i><br>Maharashtra, India</i><br>Planned population: 300,000<br>Projected completion date: 2021<br>Lavasa's designers are using biomimicry to transform an arid site in India's Western Ghats into a lush city. Building foundations will store moisture, as trees do, …

Travel Lists Archives – Wild Junket Adventure Travel Blog

By Nellie Huang|2018-08-23T12:29:03+00:00August 17th, 2018|<p>Here's a look at the happiest countries in the world list 2018, compiled by the United …

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The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Supersized natural wonders of US National Parks

Superlative natural wonders appear wherever you turn in the USA's national parks. Whether you're working on your bucket list - 'Climb North America's highest mountain!' - or just wanting to hug the world's largest living tree, you can explore nature's extreme outer limits at these record-setting US …

Watch A Laser Tear Through 100 Balloons In One Shot

Poor balloons.<p>A mad genius with the YouTube username WorldScott set up this, uh, experiment? With a hollowed-out flashlight and a laser diode from a Blu-ray burner drive, he zapped a series of 100 balloons lined up in a row, popping them in succession.<p>It's really, really fun to watch, obviously, …

The Best Way to Wrap Your Headphones to Avoid Tangling

Headphone wires ievitably work themselves into a stubborn, knotty mess. Yet there is hope.<p><b>No matter what I do, my headphones end up tangled. Why? And how do I keep them knot-free?</b><p>Blame the second law of thermodynamics, which states that everything tends toward disorder. In this case: Every pair of …

Breakthrough Bioengineered Blood Vessels Enter Clinical Trials

Humacyte, winner of a 2011 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, is now testing its lab-grown blood vessels in a small group of human patients.<p>It's been a busy year-and-a-half for bioengineer Laura Niklason and her partners at the biotech firm Humacyte. Since winning a 2011 Popular Mechanics …

She & Him "I Could've Been Your Girl"