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Can science stop the looming banana extinction?

The banana is the world's most popular fruit crop, with over 100 million metric tons produced annually in over 130 tropical and subtropical countries.<p>Edible bananas are the result of a genetic accident in nature that created the seedless fruit we enjoy today. Virtually all the bananas sold across …

Forestry

Tech leaders: 'Trump would be a disaster for innovation'

145 tech power players penned an open letter to the world about Donald Trump.<p>"We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation," they wrote in a Medium post published Thursday.<p>The authors of the letter hail from some of tech's most …

Donald Trump

Ex-Mexican President Fox: Donald Trump reminds me of Hitler

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Friday kept up his withering criticism of Donald Trump, saying the GOP front-runner reminds him of Adolf Hitler.<p>"Today, he's going to take that nation (U.S.) back to the old days of conflict, war and everything. I mean, he reminds me of Hitler. That's …

Donald Trump

Netflix is reportedly rebooting Lost in Space

What's next for the streaming service that introduced audiences to the ruthless shenanigans of Frank Underwood, and proved that Marvel characters could be gritty, dark, and morally complex? A reboot of a family-friendly 1960s space romp, apparently. <i>Deadline</i> reports that Netflix has closed a deal …

TV

Minimalistic puzzle game Prune comes to the Google Play Store

If you’re a fan of minimalistic, relaxing mobile games, we’ve got a treat for you. Prune, the simple, award-winning puzzler from Joel McDonald has finally made its way to the Google Play Store. The game not only won the Best Upcoming Game during the 11th International Mobile Gaming Awards, it’s …

Google Play

Panda Cubs Make Debut Appearance in Ya’an China

Giant Pandas

Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

U.S. adults see various science-related topics much differently than do America's top scientists, with the two groups expressing widely divergent views on the safety of genetically modified foods, climate change, human evolution, the use of animals in research and vaccines, according to a new …

Biology

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science

I can haz scienz?<p>[Special thanks to materials scientist Joe Spalenka for letting us use his photoshopped image of Watson And Crick Plus Chloe The Cat.]

Atomic Pin Up Girls

Nuclear testing in the 1950s spawned some strange, pop culture spinoffs ranging from atomic patterned dishes to atomic-inspired lamps and end tables. But by far one of the stranger spinoffs might be the handful of Vegas showgirls who were crowned, however informally, as atomic pinup girls …

This is your brain on money: Why America’s rich think differently than the rest of us

Nobody’s perfect. But only the rich get away with thinking that their luck and their flaws are actually strengths<p>Consider the following recent headlines:<p>“What The Middle Class Doesn't Understand About Rich People”<br>• “9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day”<br>• “15 Surprising Ways Rich People Think …

This Bizarre Organism Builds Itself a New Genome Every Time It Has Sex

<i>Oxytricha trifallax</i> lives in ponds all over the world. Under an electron microscope it looks like a football adorned with tassels. The tiny fringes …

New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time

Coffee cools, buildings crumble, eggs break and stars fizzle out in a universe that seems destined to degrade into a state of uniform drabness known …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Squirrel Alarm Calls Are Surprisingly Complex

Author: Mary Bates. Mary Bates Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.20.14.<p>Time of Publication: 9:55 am. 9:55 am<p>Have you heard this sound in your …

Our Favorite Chocolate Cake -- Minus the Flour

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today on Food52: Jenny's famous chocolate cake for Mother's Day -- and all other days.</i><p>Babies crawl and then they walk, and then they get their braces off and refuse to eat …

Dessert

Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight

Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He's looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sapdried around them like bloodstains.<p>The victims are box elders, sycamores and coast live oaks, all in some …

Robots Are Strong: The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

<i>The first in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction in creating and spreading them. Other topics: Robots are smart, the myth of inevitable AI, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>Last week, I created a minor disturbance in the Internet, …

Isaac Asimov

Mind blown! Watch this amazing simulation of the Big Bang

Creationists won’t be pleased with this video. Here’s what happened after the Big Bang when our universe was formed<p>Scientists at MIT spent six months creating a simulation of the creation of our universe. The result is a stunning tour de force of supercomputer calculations -- the most detailed, …

Scientists create 'alien' life form with artificial genetic code

For the first time, researchers create a new organism based on E. coli that passes along artificially engineered DNA.<p>Scientists made a substantial breakthrough in understanding how to alter the fundamental nature of life, and they did so by creating for the first time a partially artificial life …

Biology

10 reasons Americans ignore climate disasters

C’mon, admit it, we humans really are causing our own climate suicide. But so what?<p>We’ve got freedom of choice. And we love our cars. They need gas. …

Natural Gas

Atheists have their number: How the Christian right is hastening religion’s decline

Research suggests Americans raised in Christian households are increasingly shunning the faith of their parents<p>Of those aged 18 to 35, three in 10 say they are not affiliated with any religion, while only half are “absolutely certain” a god exists. These are at or near the highest levels of …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

White House Launches Website App to Visualize Climate Change

Climate Data Initiative to demonstrate real-world risks of global warming.<p>The White House has unveiled a new website-based app, the Climate Data Initiative, to help explain the science behind climate change and draw attention to the immediacy of the threat.<p>"This effort will help give communities …

Practice Not As Important As Believed For Success

But don't use this as an excuse when you mess up at your piano recital.<p>You may have heard of the "10,000 hour rule," popularized in Malcolm Gladwell's book <i>Outliers</i>, which suggests that many people who have reached the top of their fields got there, in large part, due to practicing for 10,000 hours. …

Malcolm Gladwell

Backstage

Casting director Jen Rudin speaks with voiceover actor Darin De Paul about his eclectic, busy voiceover career, and gets advice from him regarding …

Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?

Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the event is driving an online conversation. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith — and, for some, relevance — are being aired and disputed. And some wonder what the debate accomplished.<p>The video …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Weirdness Really Bad Movie www.weirdnessreallybadmovie.com

Good Family Fun<p><b>If you grew up in Northeast Ohio chances is you tuned in to Ghoulardi, Hoolihan and Big Chuck, or Big Chuck and Lil' John. Presenting</b> …

Video: How Mars Looked 4 Billion Years Ago

Filled with idyllic lakes and clouds!<p>What would a habitable, watery Mars look like? Four billion years ago, the dry, dusty planet may have had enough of an atmosphere to support bodies of water. Perhaps it looked like this beautiful, cloud-covered lake scene that animators at NASA's Conceptual …