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Pluto's atmosphere has an extended reach. Data collected by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals that the gas surrounding the dwarf planet extends as far as 1,000 miles outward into space. That's more than 13 times farther than Earth's atmosphere, which tapers off at around 75 miles above our …Pluto
To me, the star of ABC’s shiny new BattleBots reboot is neither Nightmare, nor Warhead, nor any of the engineers who grip the controller with …Carmen Electra
After years off the air, robot wars are coming back to TV, with $100,000, bragging rights, and Mohawk Guy's admiration on the line.
When you’ve got caged robots trying to kill each other in front of screaming fans, you don’t need to add comedy to make it must-watch TV.
From 2000 through 2002, over 94 …Robots
WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- NASA's New Horizons space probe has transmitted new images that depict the surface of Pluto in great detail -- and …NASA
How to build a camera that travels billions of miles from Earth
For decades after its discovery in 1930, Pluto looked like nothing more than a gray smudge in the abyss of space. We knew it was there—even knew its size and gravity—but, without better images, we could not answer seemingly basic …Cameras
When a grade is given, the learning stops.
When specific feedback is provided and extending questions are asked, the learning goes deeper.
We've all …
What are the biggest obstacles to changing education? Some are economic. Others are infrastructural. Few are technological. The most significant challenges are philosophical. We are wedded to particular ways of thinking about school and learning and life that are limiting our ability to best serve …Education
Why limit ourselves to printing in just three dimensions?
Ours is a world of static objects, cut, cast, or forged for specific tasks. But let’s say you opened an Ikea box, and the desk inside assembled itself. Or your water pipes shrank as the pressure decreased: no more weak showers, less wasted …MIT
What if one day we encounter aliens, and they are our descendants?
Societies living off-Earth sounds like a concept from science fiction. We spend our lives pinned to the planet. In half a century of human space flight, fewer than 600 people have traveled to low Earth orbit, and just 12 have stood …Space Science
Let’s just accept the fact that most of us don’t cook healthy meals every night, hit the gym every morning or have the best sleep habits. However, there are some simple ways to start working on healthy habits that don’t require you to have the discipline of a drill sergeant. Pick and choose which …
Machines that harness the power of evaporating water have been created by scientists in the US.
Researchers at Columbia University in New York have built a miniature car that draws on the process to propel itself along, as well as an evaporation-driven generator that powers a flashing LED lamp.
The …Columbia University
It’s been a long day, but you take one last glance around at the ochre sky and clay-colored earth before heading inside the inflatable, windowless …Space
“It’s all about the vibe and the hype”—Liam Shalon, one of Flipboard’s first-ever student ambassadors, on how to run a successful street team program.
Along with schoolwork, extracurriculars and Kanye, there was another subject on a handful of Palo Alto teens’ minds recently: Flipboard. A small team …Personalized News
Astronauts could use overnight habitats they can toss in the trunks of their rovers.
Hang time has always been a problem on the moon. The Apollo program landed a dozen men there from 1969 to 1972, but they spent a total of only three days and six hours actually walking the surface. That’s because …
Rusul AlrubailDesign ThinkingWhile empathy is the first step in the design thinking process, keep your students focused on this necessary element as …Brainstorming
Paleontologist Jack Horner, inspiration and advisor for 'Jurassic Park,' speaks
Here at Popular Science, we can't wait to see Jurassic World, which opens in theaters nationwide today. I mean, who can resist velociraptor biker gangs:
But we were also curious about the real scientific research that …
Talk about shattering expectations!
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has circled the Red Planet more than 40,000 times since arriving there in 2006. During that time, the spacecraft has spied everything from avalanches to dust devils to buried glaciers.
And now, for the first time ever, it has …Mars
This artist’s concept depicts the most up-to-date information about the shape and structure of our own Milky Way galaxy. Our Sun is located about …
What does the sun look like from 3 billion miles away?
Although you'll probably never head out to Pluto to find out for yourself, NASA has a nifty new way of giving Earthlings a simulation of noon-time sunlight on the distant dwarf planet.
All you need to do is enter your location information on a …Aeronautics
Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US
Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves is a rare chance to step into the heart of a glacier. The 12-mile-long stretch of ice (it is getting shorter every day, because of global warming) near Juneau …Travel (UK)
The world is a fascinating place, and it's full of weird and interesting facts that you might have never realized were true.
Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have a collection of true facts about life, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.
From a creature that can survive the harsh …Cool Stuff
When Nasa’s first rover set down on the surface of Mars in 1997, its streamed colour images caused an early internet sensation. After centuries of dreaming, here we were, at eye level to our closest potentially habitable neighbour, and the sight was as bleakly majestic as we could have imagined: a …Space
We may not ship the entire population off to the red planet, but as our environment gets more and more dangerous, the technologies we develop to live on the Martian surface will help us here, too.
When Earth's sky turns red and the clouds become flaking black soot, when the air chokes human animals …Mars