Eric Fritzsche

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That Time The Feds Built A Deluxe Atom Cannon In Palo Alto

Happy Throwback Thursday!<p>Fifty years ago, in December 1964, <i>Popular Science</i> featured a machine that would probe the deepest secrets of matter. Just west of Stanford University, the U.S. Department of Energy was building a two mile long underground linear particle accelerator, designed to look for …

Physics

Can Our National Flagship Be Saved?

We step on board the SS United States—60 years after the superliner first appeared in Popular Science—and find a rusting but still spectacular icon<p>She's the most famous ship that never sank, and a technological triumph of her era. At her launch, she boasted the most extensive use of lightweight …

Google's internet balloons are staying aloft longer than anyone expected

The company is announcing a number of milestones as it moves forward with its ambitious X Labs project<p>When Google announced Project Loon in June of last year many balloon experts were skeptical of its chances. The stated goal was that the balloons that would last 100 days or more in the air, but …

Police identify FSU gunman

<b>(CNN) —</b> Florida State University students huddled together in the aisles of a packed campus library early Thursday after a gunman opened fire, injuring three.<p>Two of the shooting victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. One was in critical condition; the other was stable, the hospital …

Tobacco companies feel the heat as emerging markets burn out | Financial Times

Emerging markets have long provided a breath of fresh air for tobacco companies.<p>As the industry struggles with declining smoking rates, higher sales …