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Girl-Led Teams Dominated Annual STEM-Based Competition, MOONBOTS

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, and Google today announced the winners of the 2015 MOONBOTS …

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Smithsonian

Young Architects Design Homes of the Future

What will American homes look like the future? Why not ask architecture students? After all, they’ll be the ones designing them. Right now, teams of …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Urban Farming Hits The Roof

Arugula in Austin. Mint in Miami. Rhubarb in Rio. While some of the press about the rise of urban farming suggests that it’s merely the province of …

These Creative Kids Designed A Way To Measure All The Plastic In The Ocean

Not content with the usual beach cleanups, they came up with a sensor that scans the ocean for trash.<p>It’s hard to know exactly how much plastic trash is floating around in the ocean–one recent estimate was five trillion pieces, but most of the tiny scraps haven’t been measured yet. Researchers may …

A Shocking Solution To Save Coral Reefs

Sometimes money really does talk. It’s one thing to lament the continuing loss of the world’s coral reefs due to rising ocean temperatures and …

This Robot-Run Indoor Farm Can Grow 10 Million Heads Of Lettuce A Year

This massive Japanese vegetable factory saves water and energy–along with human labor.<p>When a sprawling new “vegetable factory” opens near Kyoto, Japan in 2017, it will be the first farm with no farmers. Robots will plant lettuce seeds, transplant them, raise the vegetables, and automatically carry …

It Takes a Real Genius to Fake Photosynthesis

Brace yourself for some breathtaking botany. A group of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are hard …

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Is nuclear fusion about to change our world?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hey 21st century, where's that nuclear fusion power reactor you promised?<p>Tens of billions of dollars have been spent in the past 60 years, entire careers have been invested, but the ability to produce a commercially viable nuclear fusion reactor remains undemonstrated.<p>After beating our …

Energy

Flying on Fat, Farm Waste and Trash

Passengers who frequent United Airlines’ West Coast shuttle service between Los Angeles and San Francisco will soon be doing their part to save the …

The 2015 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards

Indestructible drones, amazing robot hands, and more of the best ideas of the year.<p>After eleven years of celebrating the doctors and scientists, engineers and inventors, planets and popes most responsible for changing the world in our annual Breakthrough Awards, we asked ourselves: What constitutes …

Why A Man Who Hates Plastic Water Bottles Is Making Plastic Water Bottles

Donald Thomson’s water bottle solution? Throw them on the roof.<p>Donald Thomson, a 56-year-old, Canadian-born builder, entrepreneur, and self-taught designer, launched ‘A’Gua-brand water bottles in Costa Rica earlier this year. But he sees no contradiction in his current endeavor: converting …

Profit

The noise we’re creating in the sea can be deadly

Researchers are decoding a secret world of underwater chatter – and discovering the plight of animals harmed by our noise.<p>Some years ago, Michel Andre found himself staring at the body of a dead sperm whale on a beach in the Canary Islands. It was obvious that the animal had collided with a ship – …

Marine Mammals

How Exxon went from leader to skeptic on climate change research

Throughout much of the 1980s, Exxon earned a public reputation as a pioneer in climate change research. It sponsored workshops, funded academic research and conducted its own high-tech experiments exploring the science behind global warming.<p>But by 1990, the company, in public, took a different …

Why did the clocks change this weekend? What is Daylight Savings Time and why do we still use it?

<b>The clocks went back this weekend, giving us all a blissful extra hour in bed. From Sandringham Time to why we even have Daylight Saving Time in the first place, here's everything you need to know about the autumn time change.</b><p>When did the clocks go back?<p>This morning at 2am, the UK reverted to …

Time Management