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How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World

Ancient DNA from 209 cats over 9,000 years tell the story of their dispersal.<p>Sometime around the invention of agriculture, the cats came crawling. It was mice and rats, probably, that attracted the wild felines. The rats came because of stores of grain, made possible by human agriculture. And so …

Evolution

7 Habits of Super Happy Couples

You know those envy-inducing couples who seem to be in a perpetual honeymoon phase? Well, believe it or not, any twosome can have those forever butterflies by following a couple of crucial relationship rules!<p>Read on for seven habits of the happiest couples, then put them into practice to boost your …

Wedding Planning

Uranus' Magnetosphere Is Pretty Strange

Out of all the planets in our solar system, Uranus seems to get overlooked the most. Jupiter dwarfs it. Saturn's rings run circles around those of …

Astronomy

History of Electricity Part Two

As the 20th century loomed ever closer, the battle waged to determine how we would transmit electricity. Learn about the current wars and why AC …

Electricity

Sorry, but Anonymous has no evidence that NASA has found alien life

We wish.<p>In a new video, the hacker group known as Anonymous claims that NASA has discovered alien life. But before you freak out, let’s talk.<p>For the record, most of us here at <i>Popular Science</i> would probably be thrilled if NASA found alien life. Sure, it would be a little frightening, but think of …

8,200 years ago, California's forecast was 150 years of rain

Cave deposits reveal the region's stormy past.<p>Once upon a time, Californians would have no excuse to complain about a drought. Some 8,200 years ago, the area was wet and stormy for a stretch of about 150 years.<p>The uncharacteristically rainy period accompanied a climate anomaly which took place at …

Everything you need to know about the explosive science of fireworks

Light 'em up.<p>It’s an age-old tradition: Millions of Americans, from infants to the elderly, attend fireworks shows for the Fourth of July. There’s nothing quite as patriotic as sitting out on a blanket and watching hundreds of explosions light up the sky in honor of your country’s birthday. But how …

The Lore and Lure of Unicorns

Along with mermaids and dragons, unicorns are among the world's best-known mythical creatures. From early artistic representations by Albrecht Durer …

How Do Fireworks Get Their Glorious Colors?

Behind the scenes of the dazzling light shows that make spectators "Ooh!" and "Ahh!" on the Fourth of July, are carefully crafted fireworks. Whether …

10 Solar Eclipses That Changed Science

1 of 12<p>Eclipse of the sun<p>Although they were once feared as an evil omen, solar eclipses have helped to shape human history — and a few solar …

Greek Philosophy

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Kamala Harris Told to Be More Courteous

“They just treated Kamala Harris like a piece of trash,” writes one observer<p>During Senate Intelligence Committee questioning Wednesday about whether …

Kamala

Wonder Woman isn’t just the superhero Hollywood needs. She’s the one exhausted feminists deserve.

I expected to like Wonder Woman. I didn’t expect it to be such a relief.<p>As I watched <i>Wonder Woman</i>and shoveled buckets of popcorn into my grinning mouth, I found myself inspired by Diana’s journey, delighted by her curiosity with the world, and completely thrilled by the sweep of director Patty …

Why It Matters Who Females Choose to Have Sex With

Book Talk<p>Warning: Graphic duck sex.<p>Charles Darwin made Victorians splutter into their tea when he wrote <i>The Descent of Man</i>, subtitled “selection in relation to sex.” In it, he not only claimed that animals and birds select their mates according to what he called “the taste for the beautiful.” He …

Hidden tricks you didn't know your Android phone could do

10 tips to master your Google-powered device.<p>The Android versus iPhone debate continues to rumble on. But one thing is certain: Google's phone software is more versatile and customizable than Apple's offering. Dig into the settings and tweaks available for your Android phone and you'll find a host …

Apps

Seven tips for shooting nature photos with your smartphone camera

Make every day Nature Photography Day!<p><i>National Geographic</i> photographer Jim Richardson is responsible for some of the best photography advice ever given: “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” Nature is full of interesting stuff, and, thanks to …

Six Google search tips to find anything faster

Start searching smarter.<p>Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it.<p>Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll …

Hubble sees light bending around nearby star

article<p>Nature News & Comment<p>Rare astronomical observation shows effects of …

The Science of Sexism: Why Workplaces Are So Hard to Change

The recent case of man in a powerful position making a sexist comment — during a company meeting aimed partly at addressing discrimination against …

NEW Gravitational Wave Discovery!

YouTube

Seeing the Invisible: Schlieren Imaging in SLOW MOTION

Imaging

Could weed be used to treat period pain?

There are reports cannabis will be approved by New York legislators to treat period pain. The evidence is unclear, but that doesn’t mean the drug can be ruled out<p>According to reports this week, marijuana is about to be approved to treat period pains by legislators in New York. Cannabis is already …