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Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words

Chemistry

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, from rocking robots to an impressive dinosaur bone.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Fire bombing and huggy bears<p>Blazing skies and moody twisters<p>Amazing air displays and breathtaking nature<p>Plane trails and tadpole stars<p>Volcanic plumes …

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Inside the Looming Food Crisis

Extreme weather, booming populations make building the food supply a challenge.<p>We don't worry much about food, especially when it is plentiful and cheap. Only when prices rise do we we pay much attention to any potential problems with the food supply. In the United States food has been relatively …

The Science Of Bubbles

More than just good for a bath, bubbles are a focus of new research<p>Bubbles may seem pretty ordinary. We tend to think of them just as beverage enhancers or entertainment for small children. But scientists are uncovering another side to bubbles: They can perform computations, drive climate, and even …

University College London

Christianity will rise as sceptics die out, geneticist claims

Growth of Christianity in Africa coupled with population decline in Europe will trigger new resurgence of the religion, UCL academic claims<p>The world could see a resurgence of Christianity driven by population decline in sceptical countries, the geneticist Steve Jones has claimed.<p>Professor Jones …

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5 Reasons You Should Consider a Different Physics Textbook

Let me go ahead and say it. I think you should consider switching from your current introductory physics textbook to <i>Matter and Interactions</i> (by …

Big Bang Discovery Comes Under Fire

Rumors ripple about flaws in the discovery of gravitational waves in the big bang's aftermath.<p>An acclaimed "smoking gun" discovery explaining the unfolding of the early universe faces rumors of a cosmic misfire. (See: "Big Bang's 'Smoking Gun' Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth.")<p>In March …

How an Astronaut Would Build NASA's Next Space Suit

Veteran astronaut and Popular Mechanics contributor Tom Jones tells us what to expect from a next-generation space suit that astronauts could wear to destinations beyond Earth orbit.<p><b>In hundreds of hours spent training underwater</b> and 19 hours working outside the space shuttle and International Space …

How to break into your crapcan with a piece of string

Being locked out of your car is just as much a universal language as music, love and drunkenness. That's why this video from what appears to be Russia, featuring a Lada, can be immediately understood even though no one in it speaks a lick of English. The protagonist in the clip, showing off a …

Evernote Is Planning for A World Where Wearables Rule

LAS VEGAS — When Evernote launched Evernote Market and its line of retail products in September, CEO Phil Libin had no idea what to expect.<p>Evernote, …

iPhone 6 to feature ultra-sharp screen resolution, report says

For months, reports have said the next iPhone, or iPhones, will feature significantly larger screens than the one on the iPhone 5s. Now, a new report says they may also feature a significantly higher resolution.<p>The next version of Apple's smartphone, the so-called iPhone 6, may feature a screen …

One Day You’ll Google the Physical World With a Scanner Like This

Ever wondered how to search for something on the Internet without knowing the name of the object? How many times have you thought, <i>What in the heck is THAT? I wish I could snap a picture or scan it and Google what I’m seeing!</i><p>A new scanner — designed to identify the molecular structure of objects — …