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Shopping Guide: 10 Varsity Jackets for Fall

The collegiate staple is all grown up. Here are ten of the best options to buy now.<p>The collegiate staple is all grown up. Here are ten of the best options to buy now.

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A Harvard Neuroscience Scheme To Change Decisions In Your Brain

A researcher wants to reverse your choices before you even know you've made them.<p>This week at the British Neuroscience Association, Harvard scientist Gabriel Kreiman described a rather diabolical-sounding experiment: He wants to reverse someone's decision to push a button before the person is even …

Are Southerners Fat, Or Just More Honest About Their Weight?

A study suggests that consistently ranking Southern states as the heaviest isn't a (completely) accurate portrayal.<p>Studies have shown that the South is the most obese part of the United States. From a 2012 Centers for Disease Control report: "The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), …

How To Trick People Into Changing Their Political Views

Researchers change opinions on political issues with a sleight of hand.<p>If you're a die-hard Democrat or a die-hard Republican, you probably think that nothing could make you change your beliefs. Wrong. A study from Lund University in Sweden shows that it's possible to alter the opinions of almost …

Human Ancestor Reconstructed, Halfway Between Chimp And Human

A recent descendent of Homo gets a complete skeleton.<p>In 2008, researchers found remains of a few early human-like beings in a cave in South Africa. Now, they've pieced them together into one of the most complete skeletons of a human ancestor ever made.<p>The skeletons belong to a new species of …

Stephen Hawking Says Humans Won't Survive Another 1,000 Years On Earth

Physicist Stephen Hawking, speaking at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said if humans don't migrate from the planet Earth to colonize other planets, they'll face extinction in 1,000 years. So, phew, we're good, guys. We've got like 900-plus years to just sit on this. That's a …

The Week In Numbers: Our Time Left On Earth, The Distance A Nipple Travels, And More

<b>$50 billion</b>: the amount Russia will invest in an ambitious space program to put a person on Mars, build a moon base, and shoot down foreign threats<p><b>9%</b>: the portion of Americans who would have sex with a robot<p><b>7 millimeters</b>: the average distance that nipples traveled toward the shoulders each year …

What If Darwin Had Never Existed?

Imagining a world without the father of evolution<p>Imagine a dark, stormy night in the South Atlantic at the end of December 1832. Aboard the Royal Navy survey vessel HMS Beagle a young naturalist, racked with seasickness, staggers on deck. A sudden wave makes the ship heel violently, and he is …

Should Companies Be Able To Patent Genes?

Opponents to gene patenting have lost their case in courts before, but they're now trying the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case today that may sound a bit like old news. The highest court in the land considered whether genes are patentable.<p>You've probably heard of these …

Massive Snails Invade Florida, May Have Been Imported For Santería Followers To Drink Their Mucus

The latest in a long line of destructive invasive species in Florida might be one of the worst.<p>Last week in Gainesville, Florida, experts gathered for a Giant African Land Snail Science Symposium to discuss Florida's latest panic-inducing invasive species. The land snail, <i>Achatina fulica</i>, is one of …

How Much Booty Do People Want? Just A Little More Than The Neighbors

Sex is like money: The more you think the Joneses have, the worse you feel.<p>Having sex makes us happy. But what makes us even happier, apparently, is having sex more than someone else.<p>A study from Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, looked at the …

Mice Skin Cells Transformed Into Brain Cells

Two new studies take a step toward a therapy for multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other diseases of the myelin.<p>In what one researcher called "cellular alchemy," two different teams of scientists have reported transforming mouse and rat skin cells into brain cells of the type that's destroyed …

The Tag That Could Save Sharks

Shark behavior is one of the great mysteries of the ocean, and mediocre tags are primarily to blame. Scientists can't understand something they can't measure. Compared with other marine-animal tags, the HammerTag, now in prototype, is cheaper by hundreds of dollars, lasts years longer, and stores …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

New Surgical Tape Works Like A Parasitic Worm

The bandage is inspired by the spiny proboscis of the intestine-infecting Pomphorhynchus laevis.<p>Scientists have built a better bandage that'll stick to you like a leech. Literally. The new prototype adhesive bandage sticks even to wet skin, using a technique inspired by a parasitic worm that …

How To Make Beer [Infographic]

Check out this beautiful 1933 brewing guide from the pages of Popular Science.<p>When the United States ratified the Twenty-First Amendment in 1933, <i>Popular Science</i> celebrated the end of Prohibition by getting completely wasted (probably) and publishing this lovely infographic on how to make beer. …

Why We Stand Where We Do In An Elevator

Elevator riders tend to arrange themselves into mini social hierarchies.<p>Rebekah Rousi, a Ph.D. student in cognitive science, conducted an ethnographic study of elevator behavior in two of the tallest office buildings in Adelaide, Australia. After taking a total of 30 elevator rides in the two …

We Could Eat Trees: Scientists Turn Inedible Plant Cellulose Into Starchy Snack

Turning plant byproducts into digestible carbs could feed more people.<p>Someday, it will be be summer again and it will be time for fresh sweet corn. In the future, you might be able to eat the whole thing, cob and all.<p>This weird possibility is courtesy of some scientists at Virginia Tech, who have …

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Removes Craving For Cigarettes

Don't worry, it doesn't hurt!<p>Scientists at Medical University of South Carolina temporarily blunted cigarette cravings among smokers by magnetically stimulating nerve cells in their brains. The procedure, called transcranial magnetic stimulation, is already approved by the FDA to treat depression, …

Humans Share Microbiomes With Their Dogs, Study Finds

You have a lot more in common with Fido than you think.<p>You know you share genes with your biological parents and kids, but what about microbes? A new study finds that families share skin, tongue and gut microbes with each other... and their dogs.<p>The study shows how the people and pets you live with …

In 1884, A Popular Science Writer Got Way Too Stoned

From our archive, a dramatic first-hand account of marijuana overdose.<p><i>"An Overdose of Hasheesh," by Mary C. Hungerford, originally appeared in the February 1884 issue of</i> Popular Science <i>magazine.</i><p>Being one of the grand army of sufferers from headache, I took, last summer, by order of my physician, …

Why It's So Hard For Scientists To Study Medical Marijuana

The nation's research-grade cannabis is controlled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, whose mission to curb use is at odds with that of researchers looking to study pot's therapeutic properties.<p>Eighteen states (plus the District of Columbia) allow cannabis use for certain medical conditions. …

What Drugs You Like Depends On Where You Go Dancing [Infographic]

A graphical look at clubgoers' preferences in the US and UK<p><i>MixMag</i>'s annual Global Drug Survey came out yesterday, and it has the breakdown. The survey asked 22,000 people about their drug use habits, and <i>MixMag</i> packaged the data in this nice little infographic. Maybe not surprisingly, the drug of …

FYI: Is Ecstasy Safer When It's Purer?

Is pure MDMA "absolutely" safe, as a Canadian health official claimed last year?<p>Last summer, British Columbia's top health official caused an uproar when he called the risks of MDMA -- the synthetic amphetamine sold as ecstasy -- overblown.<p>According to CBC News:<p>Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry …

FYI: How Much Cocaine Can You Fit In Your, Ahem, Body?

The science of drug muling<p>The first thing you learn, when investigating drug muling, is that muling is a very common and efficient way of transporting contraband. The second thing you learn is that you have no idea how elastic the gastrointestinal tract is.<p>There are two kinds of mules. The first is …

Researchers Treat Lazy Eye With Tetris

Increasing brain plasticity with falling blocks<p>The classic game <i>Tetris</i> has been shown to help alleviate some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and apparently it's also good at treating lazy eyes.<p>Usually amblyopia, more commonly known as a lazy eye, is treated by something like …

FYI: How Does A Drug Get Its Name?

Street names aside, who comes up with crazy non-words like Zyrtec, tenofovir and Xeljanz?<p>Say it with me: Xeljanz. OK, at least try and say it with me. <i>Shell</i>-jance? <i>Zell</i>-johns? <i>Ghel</i>-yahns? Who knows. It's a new arthritis drug, and I have no idea how to pronounce it, but one thing is definitely clear: …