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Where I went right - interactive

Anyone can change everything, but to be successful you need to make the most of the time you have. From the battle for the open web to comet landings, via polar expeditions and a giant diplodocus, celebrated innovators <b>Tim Berners-Lee</b>, <b>Maggie Aderin-Pocock</b>, <b>Ranulph Fiennes</b> and <b>Alice Roberts</b> provide …

Innovation

Explorers

Explorers

Fieldwork Map<p>Get to know the people and projects we’ve funded around the world.<p>Empowering Explorers<p>Every year we give out hundreds of grants to bold people with transformative ideas. These grant recipients are–and have always been–the heart and soul of what we do.<p>We honor the most outstanding …

Teens feel better when they think people can change - Futurity

When teenagers see that people and situations can change, they are less likely to suffer from depression when they transition to high school.

The Strangest Alien Planets (Gallery)

Mega-Earth Kepler-10c Planet<p>Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)<p>An artist's illustration of the mega-Earth planet Kepler-10c, the"Godzilla of Earths" …

Astronomy

The Perpetual Potential Of Nuclear

A classic theme that still radiates from the Popular Science archives<p>In May 1947, <i>Popular Science</i> looked back on 75 years of scientific progress. Though fewer than two years had passed since the world witnessed the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, scientists foresaw a new era of clean, reliable …

Some Things You Can Do In Your Sleep, Literally

For those who find themselves sleeping through work — you may one day find yourself working through sleep.<p>People who are fast asleep can correctly respond to simple verbal instructions, according to a study by researchers in France. They think this may help explain why you might wake if someone …

The largest predatory dinosaur ever was 'half-duck, half-crocodile'

A new fossil discovery reveals that Spinosaurus aegyptiacus was semi-aquatic<p>The largest predatory dinosaur to walk this earth wasn’t the <i>T. rex</i>. It was <i>Spinosaurus aegyptiacus</i>, a 50-foot long creature with powerful jaws and a solid, spiny sail on its back that dwelled in Northern Africa 95 million …

New Stonehenge Discovery: What Took So Long?

Checking in on the latest theories on the world’s most mysterious piece of prehistoric architecture.<p>An extensive scan of the area surrounding Stonehenge has uncovered more than a dozen new monuments, adding to the scant information archeologists have been able to determine about the world’s most …

Jupiter’s Moon Europa Just Got Even Cooler

The more they look at other worlds in the Solar System, the more scientists discover that Earth isn’t as special as we earthlings like to think. Our …

How Sapphire, The Nearly Indestructible Material Now Being Used For Smartphones, Is Made

There's been a lot of buzz around sapphire, an extremely hard material that smartphone makers are using to produce scratch-proof screen displays. Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone maker, unveiled the Ascend P7 with a sapphire display on Friday. The announcement follows rumors that …

Prettify yourself in Panasonic's augmented reality mirror

The majority of the IFA tech show in Berlin is focussed on the here and now and what devices and products you'll be spending your money on today. …

Researchers working on nanobots that directly attack tumors to cure cancer

For all the advancements we've made with technology and medicine, a cure for cancer still eludes us. But maybe that's because we haven't enlisted nanoparticles to attack tumors just yet. New research from the University of California's Davis Cancer Center, spotted by <i>PhysOrg</i>, suggest that could be a …

World Cup: The psychology of top-class football skills

Footballer's skills may seem light years from our own. But, as Lionel Messi and Miroslav Klose make their way to the pitch for the World Cup final, Tom Stafford argues the jaw-dropping talents we will see have more in common with everyday life than you might think.<p>The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has …

Species Extinction Happening 1,000 Times Faster Because of Humans?

At the same time, new technology is helping conservation make big strides.<p>On May 19, 2010, at Joint Base Balad, north of Baghdad in Iraq, someone brought U.S. service member Jonathan Trouern-Trend a frog in a plastic bottle. The brightly colored amphibian had been hiding out in an unlikely place: …

The Fermi Paradox: Where the Hell Are the Other Earths?

Everyone feels something when they're in a really good starry place a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see …

Singularity

This Tiny Drone Can Climb Walls

And it’s only the size of a softball<p>When designers at Parrot shrank the AR.Drone to the size of a softball, they had to make some sacrifices—namely autonomous flying and a live camera feed. But they made up for the losses with something better: the ability to climb walls and scurry across ceilings. …

Will nuclear-powered spaceships take us to the stars?

In the 1950s, rocket scientists dreamed of atomic-powered spaceships. Now these far-fetched designs might help a new generation explore the cosmos.<p>Project Orion has to be the most audacious, dangerous and downright absurd space programme ever funded by the US taxpayer. This 1950s design involved …

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

The night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At <i>any</i> other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a …

Nano-Robots That Compute With DNA Installed Into Living Cockroach

Gives a whole new meaning to the term "computer bug."<p>Scientists have inserted DNA-based nanobots into a living cockroach, which are able to perform logical operations. Researchers say the nanobots could eventually be able to carry out complex programs, to diagnose and treat disease.<p>These DNA …

Will we ever… detect other universes?

Is there anything outside our Universe? Many physicists think it’s possible, says Marcus Woo, but could we one day know for sure?<p>We think of our Universe as everything there ever was, is, and will be.<p>But according to some researchers, there might not just be many universes, but an infinite number …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

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