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Anti-Gay Mother's Day Protester Gets Slushie Thrown At Her

An anti-gay protester who decided to use Mother's Day to spread a message of hate got a slushie thrown at her by a disgruntled passerby.<p>Christine Weick, an author from Michigan, stood at a busy intersection in Grandville, Michigan, on Sunday, May 11, holding a sign that read: “Thank your mom today …

The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself

<i>Adapted from</i> Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe<i>, by Robert Lanza with Bob Berman,</i> …

iOS 7: readers tips on hidden iPhone and iPad features

Users of Apple's iPhone and iPad have sent us some of their tips on how to find fun and helpful hidden features in the new iOS 7 operating system.<p>While some of the headline-grabbing features of iOS 7 will only be available on the new iPhone 5S, like the fingerprint ID function, there are many …

iOS

How doctors choose to die

Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopaedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He asked a surgeon to explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon was one of the best in the country. He had even invented a new procedure for this exact cancer that …

Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?

"I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable."<p>It is hard to know how our future descendants will regard the little sliver of history that we live in. It is hard to know what events will seem important to them, what the narrative of now will look …

NASA's Jupiter-Bound Juno Spacecraft Is About To Swing By Earth

Earth's gravitational forces will give it a much needed boost on its way to the fifth planet.<p>Today, NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft is set to swing by Earth for a "gravitational slingshot" that will propel it on its way to the fifth planet at speeds of up to 165,000 miles per hour. "It’s the …

Automated Program Culls Inexplicable Illustrations From Antique Books

Say hello to the British Library's Mechanical Curator.<p>It's just like digging through a stack of old books, only a bit less sneezy. Researchers at the British Library have written a program that automatically identifies illustrations in the library's collection of 14th- to 20th-century books. The …

Books

Science Explains Why You Love A Slow Caress

People just need to be petted to know who they are.<p>Being touched pleasantly may contribute to our sense of ownership over our bodies, according to new research from University College London and the University of Hertfordshire.<p>The study of 49 right-handed women used the rubber hand illusion, a …

Which Countries Judge You The Harshest For Playing Hooky?

Note to self: Move to Trinidad.<p>What's a good enough reason to skip out on work for the day? Depends on who you are and what you do, but it also depends on where you're calling in from. According to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the Concordia University in Canada, …

Planet Made Of Diamond May Not Be So Bling After All

Don't give up hope! It could still be diamond, but new data show that's less likely.<p>The first diamond planet ever found may not actually contain all that much of the precious stone. Sad!<p>In an analysis published last year, a team of astronomers from Yale University concluded that an exoplanet called …

Universe

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

Alzheimer's Disease

Exclusive: Bill Nye Explains Jupiter's Great Red Spot In Classic Bill Nye Style

"It's huuuge!"<p>NASA's Juno spacecraft will swing by Earth today for a "gravitational slingshot" that will send it toward Jupiter at 165,000 mph. To celebrate this triumph of science, Bill Nye is hosting "Why with Nye," an eight-part YouTube series that will explain the Juno mission and the some of …

What Will It Take To Find Life Elsewhere In The Universe?

The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes won't find life beyond the solar system. With funding and support, here's what might.<p>The sky was hazy and overcast above Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the morning of July 8, 2011. A light breeze from offshore cooled off an estimated 750,000 onlookers braving …

Ask Jacob Ward About PopularScience.com's Decision To Shut Off Comments

Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Jacob Ward is hosting a Google Hangout today at 3pm ET to discuss our new commenting policy. Submit your questions!<p>Today at 3pm ET, you can chat live with <i>Popular Science</i> Editor-in-Chief Jacob Ward about our controversial decision to shut off comments on new stories. …

How A Black Hole Sleeps

It ate a bunch of stellar gas and now it needs a nap.<p>Think of black holes as bottomless devouring machines? Not so much, it turns out: the black hole at the center of the Sculptor galaxy, about 13 million light years away, is currently taking a wee little napsy.<p>We first spied this black hole about …

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To The Organization That Destroyed Syria's Chemical Weapons

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group few have heard of, was just awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. It's well-deserved. Here's who they are.<p>The Nobel Committee announced today that this year's Nobel Peace Prize will go to a group few outside the world of international …

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Phone-Compatible ATMs Let You Use An App Instead Of A Card

You'll save at least 20 seconds.<p>New ATMs are coming that will let customers withdraw cash with a smartphone app, no debit card needed. Withdrawing cash with a phone takes less than nine seconds, compared to 30 or 40 seconds with a card, CNNMoney reports.<p>Three banks, Wintrust, BMO Harris and City …

Fitbit's Newest Fitness Tracker Is Also A Watch

Fitbit's newest and best gadget aimed at getting you off the couch<p>Today Fitbit, makers of some of the most popular fitness trackers on the market, introduced its newest and most expensive model ever: the $130 Fitbit Force. The biggest change? An OLED display that allows the Force to double as a …

Check This Out: A 3-D Printer Made From E-Waste

West African inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou made a $100 3-D printer from leftover parts scavenged from old scanners, computers and printers.<p>The circle of electronic life: useless printer scraps become a way to print scraps of other things! Resourceful 33-year-old inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou, of the …

E-waste

Planet Without A Star Found

Poor thing!<p>The planetary world keeps getting stranger. Scientists have found free-floating planets — drifting alone, away from stars — before. But the “newborn” PSO J318.5-22 (only 12 million years old) shows properties similar to other young planets around young stars, even though there is no star …

Big Pic: A Jumping Spider's Crazy, Hairy Legs

A little gross, and totally amazing.<p>The ground-dwelling jumping spider is a fearsome beast. It can scale vertical surfaces with ease and spring 25 times its body length to nab prey. Its legs are the eight crucial tools responsible for the pounce, but until recently, the evolutionary origin of some …

Star Wars Made In Meat And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Meet The Sourpuss Gene

A genetic variant predisposes people to perceive events more negatively than others.<p>The inability to look on the bright side might have a genetic basis. A new study from the University of British Columbia has found a genetic variant might make the negative more salient than the positive for its …

Lasers 3-D Print A Home For Bacteria

Microscopic bacteria cages contain communities for study.<p>Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are building a zoo. You can't visit its inhabitants, or look inside, but it's filled with cages where entire communities can thrive. Microscopic cages. Made out of what's basically Jell-O. Oh, …

Biology

Using A Sexy Video Game Avatar Makes Women Objectify Themselves

Playing a video game as a sexy, crop-topped avatar made women more likely to accept rape myths like "most rape victims are promiscuous."<p>When we don a virtual reality avatar, our real-life behavior can change, too. Like, for example, when people embody a tall avatar, they have a tendency to act more …

Glowing green Northern Lights danced through the Norwegian night sky last week, as seen in amazing new photos and video by astrophotographer Chad Blakley (http://lightsoverlapland.com/) over a small fishing village on the Lofoten archipelago of Norway. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/ekap