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Overcoming Creative Block by Letting Go

The other day, I received an email from a friend, a young woman whom I find utterly remarkable. Only in her mid-20s, she has already created a powerful community of young entrepreneurs and artists, organizing events and making everyone from local politicians to the national press take notice. And …

Creativity

How Jennifer Aniston, Jerry O'Connell, and Matt Damon Got in Shape to Wear Practically Nothing

Well, here's one way that stars *aren't *like us: Occasionally, they have to strip down to their skivvies. And have it filmed for millions to watch.<p>Like many of us might do in such a situation (and I'm just guessing!), they turn to different means to de-puff and cut out some bloat. Here's what a …

Most adults don't exercise enough, research finds

<b>Most adults in England are risking their health by failing to get enough exercise, research suggests.</b><p>A University of Bristol-led study found 80% failed to meet the government target of taking moderate exercise at least 12 times in a four-week period.<p>Better-off and better-educated adults were most …

World Health Organization

What Zen Looks Like Across America (PHOTOS)

You don't need to jet across the world to an ancient religious site to find some zen. Here's proof that peace exists in our nation's backyard: America, the beautiful.<p><b>Zephyr Cove, Nevada</b><p><b>Nashua, New Hampshire</b><p><b>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</b><p><b>Poway, California</b><p><b>Ocean Beach, New York</b><p><b>Summerland Key,</b> …

Can The Smell Of Oranges Help Dieters Resist Sweet Treats?

Whenever we give in to temptation, be it for a helping of something divine, like fine chocolate, or just a so-so piece of saltwater taffy abandoned next to the office coffeepot, there's something more than self-control at work.<p>Woven into the complexities of food choices and eating behaviors are all …

Mystery Animal: Who Is This Fanged Furface?

Guess the species (either common or Linnaean) by tweeting at us--we're @PopSci--and get your name listed right here! Plus eternal glory, obviously. Update: We have a winner!<p>So, here are the rules: To answer, follow us on Twitter and tweet at us with the hashtag #mysteryanimal. For example:<p><b>Hey</b> …

Why Not Just Dispose Of Nuclear Waste In The Sun?

We could do it, but should we?<p>After FYI answered why dumping the world's nuclear waste into a volcano would be a bad idea, our inbox was flooded with readers wondering, "Well, how about shooting it into the sun?"<p>On paper, this is a fantastic way to wipe our hands clean of all that pesky waste. The …

How to see a green flash

It’s said that once you’ve seen a green flash, you’ll never go wrong in matters of the heart. Here’s all you need to know … plus great pics!<p><b>People</b> …

North Sea

Moche Mural in Peru Revealed in Stunning Detail

Interactive gigapixel technology offers a new way to see ancient art.<p><b>In the bone-dry coastal desert of northern Peru, the ancient Moche sculpted and painted intricate murals on the adobe walls of the site now known as Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon). Created between A.D. 100 and 800, the</b> …

Tiny Poisonous Trees Could Fight Climate Change In The Desert

Like something straight out of Dune, but the boring, terraforming parts.<p>Five German scientists have proposed a new strategy for mitigating the effects of climate change: turn coastal deserts into forests. Why? Forests, full of trees that consume carbon dioxide, are a great bulwark against the gas …

Researchers find gray wolf-grizzly bear link in Yellowstone

Reintroduction of the gray wolf to Yellowstone National Park has boosted an important food source for the threatened grizzly bear, researchers have found in an example of how the return of a top predator can have far-reaching ecological effects.<p>A study published this week in the Journal of Animal …

Will `Swipe Fees' Move To Checking Accounts After Court Win For Merchants?

Merchants claimed victory Wednesday after a federal judge in Washington rejected the Federal Reserve’s price caps on the interchange fees banks charge merchants for processing debit-card transactions.<p>The merchants have cleverly called these “swipe fees,” to give consumers the impression they pay …

Amid Japan-China Political Deadlock, Progress Toward Freer Trade

Unable to use the Upper House elections as an excuse for further delay, and under increasing pressure from an exasperated Obama administration, the Abe government very publicly<p>on July 29th dispatched the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister, Saiki Akitaka, to Beijing.<p>The ostensible objective of Saiki’s …

Micron completes $2 billion buy of chip supplier to Apple

Idaho-based Micron Technology immediately becomes one of the largest suppliers of mobile memory for popular products like the iPad and iPhone.<p>Micron Technology has completed the acquisition of Japan-based Elpida, instantly making it one of the largest suppliers of mobile memory chips for devices …

Micron Technology

Starbucks Wi-Fi Is Getting A Speed Boost From Google

Google announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Starbucks to enhance the coffee-shop internet experience that many professionals now rely on. It's promising to make the wireless internet up to 10 times faster than Starbucks customers have previously enjoyed. Google Fiber cities, such as …

Wi-Fi

Apple Retail Workers Sue Over Unpaid Wages, Overtime

Two former Apple Inc. retail employees have sued the tech giant for "millions of dollars" for unpaid wages and overtime compensation, alleging hourly …

NSA chief addresses hackers as lawmakers grill underlings

While intelligence officials briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the country’s secret data-collecting programs, the nation’s top snoop met an even more critical audience Wednesday: Hackers.<p>Gen. Keith Alexander, the embattled head of the U.S. National Security Agency, spoke to a tech-savvy and …

NASA funds 'warp speed' research

Though it seems ripped straight from an episode of Star Trek, NASA has invested real money into understanding the science behind travel faster than the speed of light.<p>Harold G. White, a NASA physicist, leads the small team at NASA who are trying to make reality out of a theory that suggests the …

New York Times

Pigeon Poop-Fighting Technology Is Coming To New York's Subways

Over the next three months, the 46th Street, 52nd Street and 61st Street stations will be getting a "state-of the-art pigeon poop mitigation system," that includes low-voltage wires and ultrasonic sound devices to keep the birds at bay, according to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.<p>He allocated capital …

Birds

'Oil threat' to DR Congo's Virunga National Park

<b>The conservation group WWF is calling on a UK-based company to abandon its plans to explore for oil in Africa's oldest national park.</b><p>The charity says Soco International's proposals could put the Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo at risk.<p>The park is home to more than …

National Parks

In Just A Few Hours We Will See The Depth Of China's Economic Slowdown

China will release it's official PMI at 9 p.m. ET. Economists polled by Bloomberg are looking for manufacturing to slow to 49.8 in July, from 50.1 the previous month.<p>If PMI falls below the contractionary level of 50, this will be the first time it has done so since September 2012.<p>This is followed …

Economic Data

The Economy Just Grew 1.7 Percent, But It Should Have Been Much Better

The recovery has been weak, but it wouldn't be quite so if we stopped making it that way<p>The economy is growing, but it's not growing fast enough, and now we have new numbers to tell just how not fast that is. The initial estimate for second quarter GDP growth came in at a depressing 1.7 percent, …