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Tornadoes: The Science Behind the Destruction

Atmospheric scientists aim to improve their forecasts.<p>At least 29 people are dead after a string of tornadoes hit states in the Southern and Midwestern U.S. over the past few days. The National Weather Service predicts more severe weather on Tuesday.<p>How tornadoes form and how they die is not fully …

Here Are The 14 Tallest Peaks On Earth — And The History Of Our Dangerous Obsession With Them

Eight thousand is a perfectly arbitrary number. Yet, no other number looms larger for mountain climbers. Fourteen mountain peaks stand taller than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet).<p>There could have been many more of these "eight-thousanders" if the French commission that established the length of the …

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

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Scientists confirm existence of elusive 117th element

After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). …

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

Fox News Now Classifies Climate Change As "Superstition"

Fox News' "Special Report" took a look at the latest climate-change studies. And even by the network's standards, this segment of …

'Firenado' Captured in Wild Instagram Photo

Meet the dust devil's more dangerous cousin. A Missouri woman captured a picture of the above pillar of fire as she was driving down a road in the …

I had my DNA analyzed, and all I got was this lousy story

With too much to account for, direct-to-consumer genetics isn't ready for prime time.<p>It’s a situation many have faced before or will in the future: …

John Steinbeck's 1966 Plea To Create A NASA For The Oceans

In the September 1966 issue of Popular Science, author John Steinbeck made the case for giving deep-sea exploration the same attention as the space race.<p><i>Three years before the first humans landed on the moon, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck published a passionate plea in</i> Popular Science</i> …

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A Decade Of Observing Earth From Space Has Given Us These Breathtaking Views

The ESA's Envistat satellite was the largest Earth observation satellite ever built.<p>Since 2002, it has circled the Earth, collecting invaluable information on our environment and the advancing danger of climate change. Contact with Envistat was suddenly lost in April 2012, but the wealth of …

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Barbecue Side Dish Recipes

Be the star of your next cookout with these barbecue side dish recipes<p>For a perfect barbecue, the grilled mains are important, but the meal isn't …

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50 Old-School Cookie Recipes You Can't Beat

Trying to improve upon the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie is futile—here's proof.<p>We have cookie recipes that use everything from green tea to guava …

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