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Life in close-up: photomicrography competition winners - in pictures

Nikon has announced the winners of its 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Winning images were selected for displaying both artistic quality and scientific technique. Eric Flem at Nikon said: "After 39 years we are proud to watch the competition continue to grow, allowing us to honor …

Find A Blue Chicken Egg? Congrats, Your Chicken Has A Virus

Not necessarily harmful! But just so you know.<p>Here in the U.S., our eggs mostly come in two colors: white and brown. But there are two breeds, one in Chile and one in China, that are known to lay <i>blue</i> eggs. Yeah, weird, right? And a new study has figured out why that happens.<p>The Araucana chicken …

Three ways to boost your career mojo

George is bored. Work has been in a lull for months without any new challenges or interesting activities. His days are filled with routine tasks. He is lethargic and has a foggy brain. He is worried he will lose his edge and also wonders why he is so tired when he isn't working very hard.<p>If you're …

Jacob Barnett, boy genius

Diagnosed with severe autism as a child, Barnett is now 15 and one of the world’s most promising physicists<p>by<p>THE CHAT

'Financial advisers': What exactly do they do?

To the uninitiated, a financial adviser is a financial adviser is a financial adviser. But behind the scenes, a more fragmented and convoluted flow-chart you could not create.<p>Some advisers are only allowed to sell mutual funds and government savings bonds. Some are licensed to also sell …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

Tech ignorance not bliss for bosses

Kim Peacock was only a few weeks into her general manager's job at Edelman public relations in Vancouver when she noticed that an employee had retweeted one of her Twitter posts with an unfamiliar #FF hashtag.<p>Having just arrived from a management position at social media company HootSuite Media …

US scientists claim to have built the world's most accurate clock

US scientists say they have built the world's most precise clock, whose ticking rate varies less than two parts in one quintillion, or 10 times better than any other.<p>The clock, made from the element ytterbium, could be used for technological advancements beyond timekeeping, such as navigation …

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Spectacular Day and Night Composite Shots of Major Cities

<i>Day to Night</i> is a spectacular ongoing series by fine art photographer Stephen Wilkes featuring urban landscapes that transcend the confines of time by presenting day and night shots of iconic cityscapes in one image. Using up to 1,500 images from a 15-hour shoot day (from sunrise to sunset), Wilkes …

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Some time ago we showed you how architect Kunle Adeyemi (NLÉ) had an ambitious dream to build a sustainable floating community in Makoko, one of …

8 Superpowers Brought to You by Technology

Advances in cybernetics, aviation, and other areas have created a convincing argument that one day we can read minds, turn invisible, fly, and live forever.<p>Superheroes are unbelievable, and that's the point. But technology is quickly closing the gap between what is human and superhuman. Advances in …

Don't Flip Out, but the Sun's Magnetic Field Is About to Flip

Our star is on the cusp of a once-in-11-years event, when its magnetic field undergoes a complete reversal. What does that mean for us?<p><b>The sun is about to undergo what sounds like a massive upheaval.</b> In the next few months, scientists say, our star will experience a complete reversal of its …

Why "Work Smart, Not Hard" is the Worst Advice in the World

Work smarter, not harder? Don't tell it to Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, who meets some of the hardest-working people in America. In fact, he argues, that mantra is the opposite of the attitude we need to beat this lousy economy.<p><b>When I was 17</b> my high school guidance counselor tried to talk me into …

Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.<p>Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar …

The 10 Weirdest Robots At This Year's Drone Show

A $38,000 piece of Styrofoam, a pop-up drone-in-a-can, and more!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a trade organization for the drone industry, is hosting a convention this week in Washington, DC. The show is a place for law …

What Land Did Europeans Actually Discover? [Infographic]

Uh, some islands 'n' stuff?<p>In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And promptly "discovered" a new world...one where plenty of people had already lived for thousands of years. What other "new worlds" did European explorers stumble upon during the Age of Discovery, like a college freshman …

How iPods help potty-train kids with autism

<b>U. ROCHESTER (US) —</b> A new device could mean quicker and easier toilet-training for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.<p>Proper …

Bee venom makes cells grow pores and leak

<b>RICE (US) —</b> The most comprehensive picture yet of bee venom’s principle toxin, melittin, could lead to the development of new drugs for attacking …

Oldest Rock Art in North America Found

A group of petroglyphs discovered at Nevada's dried-up Winnemucca Lake is the oldest known rock art in North America, according to new research. A team including researchers from the University of Colorado estimated the age of the petroglyphs by dating layers of carbonate under and over the …

10 Retro DIY Projects To Do Before Summer Ends

Including a backyard trampoline, a playhouse built from window blinds, a flying saucer that doubles as a water ski, and more<p>Summer is almost over SIGH. If you're eager to squeeze in some last-minute leisure, check out these retro do-it-yourself projects, culled from the <i>Popular Science</i> archives. …

Anxiety may start in the womb

<b>CARDIFF U. (UK) —</b> Babies deprived of certain hormones in the womb could be at greater risk of being anxious as adults, according to new research with …

Mystery of paralyzed birds deepens

The mystery surrounding dozens of paralyzed birds that were discovered in B.C.'s northeast has deepened after veterinarians ruled out West Nile virus …

Modern humans may have copied Neanderthal technology

Neanderthals made the oldest known version of a specialized tool still used by leather craftspeople today, researchers say, suggesting that modern …

Space burial firm sends your ashes into orbit - Your Community

<i>Would you want your final resting place to be in orbit?</i> From diamonds composed of human remains to biodegradable potted urns, Living through a …

Germans hunt snapping turtle after reported attack on boy

Authorities have drained a lake in southern Germany to search for a turtle, after an eight-year-old boy's ankle was bitten while he was swimming last …

Racy Science World ads spark controversy in B.C.

Racy ads for a new exhibition on sexuality at Vancouver's Science World are creating controversy, with two of them even banned from bus stops.<p>The …

HTC's commercial with Robert Downey Jr. is here : "HTC, it's anything you want it to be"

HTC recently hired mega-Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr. to lead the company in a new creative direction. Downey Jr. has signed on for 2-years …

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