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Evolutionary shake-up! Humans had sex with Neanderthals, according to new study

Contradicting a 2012 study, these results help explain why Europeans and Asians may have inherited Neanderthal DNA<p>Our ancestors, <i>Homo sapiens,</i> cohabited the Earth with others from the <i>Homo</i> genus, including Neanderthals. Now there is more evidence to suggest the two species mated.<p>Researchers think it …

PM/AM: World's Largest Tetris

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, PopMech's morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p><b>Read This</b><p>The war for television supremacy is getting crowded. Following Amazon's Fire TV release last week, Google announces its own plans, …

Can You Simply Reforge a Metal Like Valyrian Steel?

The magical alloy of the Game of Thrones universe is similar to the real-life material Damascus steel.<p>In the cold open to Sunday's season premiere of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, patriarch and cold-hearted tactical mastermind Tywin Lannister personally oversees the work of one of the best blacksmiths in the …

Has Fusion Finally Solved Its Hype Problem?

Omar Hurricane studies nuclear fusion at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, Calif. In February Hurricane's lab took the biggest step toward fusion energy yet. He tells PopMech how today's goals and breakthroughs have taken a sharp turn from the hype and pipe-dream promises of the …

Land Rover is Basically Developing an Invisible Car

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept uses advanced imaging to display the ground beneath the SUV on its windshield. Very cool.<p>Set to debut at next week's New York International Auto Show, Land Rover's Discovery Vision concept takes its name literally. The SUV uses a front-mounted camera to …

Why 2048 Isn't (Legally) a Rip-off

And why Pong, Tetris and Bejeweled lookalikes aren't rip-offs, either.<p><b>The last time we covered the 2048 game</b> (which is still ruining my life, <i>thank you very much</i>), lots of readers wrote in to let me know that the puzzle game is hardly new. Indeed, 2048 looks a lot like the popular mobile game called …

How Alcohol Affects Muscle-Building

Too much booze suppresses muscle synthesis.<p>I don't imagine there are many people out there who imagine that drinking a case of beer will make you a better athlete. Still, there are lots of people who argue that it doesn't really matter either way -- that training is training and social life is …

New Zealand

Will Running Too Much Kill You?

The annual look at the current state of the evidence.<p>Let me start with a simple truth: there <b>is</b> such a thing as "too much" running. This is just common sense. If your goal is to optimize health, there will come a point where running an extra 5 miles per week doesn't make you healthier in any …

Marathons

Can I Eat Whatever I Want?

Yes, says Dr. Daily. You're an adult. SHOULD you? Well...<p>Readers, today's topic is "diet."<p>No, not the "calorie-counting/Weight Watchers/get-your-bikini-body-in-6-weeks" kind of diet. The "all the stuff you eat" kind.<p>This is on our minds because of an article we saw in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> …

Holistic Medicine

UCI President Proposes On-Bike Cameras

"We need to celebrate innovation and sell our sport," says Brian Cookson<p><b>PARIS, April 9, 2014 (AFP)</b> - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said he is mulling over the idea of installing cameras on professional racers' bicycles to bring fans closer to their heroes.<p>Already, …

Cycling

Will we ever… detect other universes?

Is there anything outside our Universe? Many physicists think it’s possible, says Marcus Woo, but could we one day know for sure?<p>We think of our Universe as everything there ever was, is, and will be.<p>But according to some researchers, there might not just be many universes, but an infinite number …

Dark Matter