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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

The History (And Future!) of the Chemistry Set

‘Unorganized’ network brings touch to brain

New research with mouse whiskers reveals that, at a fine scale, the sensory system’s wiring diagram lacks a set pattern.<p>And it’s probably the case …

Tool Accurately Predicts Whether A Kickstarter Project Will Bomb

At about 76 percent accuracy, a new prediction model is the best yet. "Your chances of success are at 8 percent. Commence panic."<p>Well, here's something either very discouraging or very exciting for crowdfunding hopefuls: a Swiss team can predict, with about 76 percent accuracy and within only four …

Crowd Funding

'Bionic Man' will walk the streets of Washington, DC tomorrow

Back in August, <i>Smithsonian Magazine</i> took an in-depth look at prosthetic limbs and artificial organs, with one of its main subjects being a true "Bionic Man." A team of scientists and researchers at the University of Zurich were able to recreate more than 50 percent of the human body using the "most …

Sex Positions That Won't Break Your Artificial Hip, According To Science

A motion capture study explores the range of hip motion required for sexual activities.<p>These are questions you try not to think about when your graddad gets his hip replaced, but when you get an artificial joint, some hip-shaking activities become a little more risky. Like, uh, dancing. Or sex.<p>As a …

Biomechanics

Did Ancient Climate Change Drive Human Evolution?

A new study argues that climate oscillations in East Africa resulted in human migration and adaptation.<p>Millions of years ago, slow changes in the Earth's orbit changed the climate in East Africa dramatically. Every 20,000 years ago, the region vacillated between very dry and very wet periods. These …

How Scott Collis Is Harnessing New Data To Improve Climate Models

The former ski bum built open-access tools that convert raw data from radar databases into formats that climate modelers can use to better predict climate change.<p><i>Each year,</i> Popular Science_ seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 …

Pulses of light turn on cancer ‘death signal’

Researchers have created a peptide—a small piece of protein—that when linked to a light-responsive dye is able to switch on death pathways in cancer …

Science, blogging, sexual harassment and the power of speaking out

If you follow the science blogging community at all, you’ll probably know they’ve been going through some problems recently.<p>Before I get to that, if you don’t follow them, here’s something about the community: they really are a community. They interact. They know each other. They have built …

Why Won't Bullfrogs Jump For Science?

How a Mark Twain festival is helping researchers learn about frogs<p>The single best jump ever recorded by a laboratory bullfrog is 1.3 meters. Cuban tree frogs, on the other hand, can leap up to 1.7 meters. Scientists have previously explained this variation in maximum jump ability between different …

Zoology

Half-ton meteorite chunk recovered from Russian lake

It's the biggest piece of a meteor that exploded over Russia in February thus far<p>Earlier this year, a meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere and exploded some 10,000 meters over Russia — the shower of "meteorite rain" injured more than 1,000 people and was captured in a number of stunning …

[Exclusive] Next Android Play Store App 4.4 Will Switch To Slide-Out Navigation [Screenshots]

Article Contents<p>There have been a lot of unfounded rumors and speculation about KitKat and the Nexus 5 (and even the good old Nexus 4) floating …

365Scores app review: get all your sports tidbits in one spot

Introduction<p>Why comb the entire Internet looking for sports news, stats, results, and scores when you can find it all in one spot with the 365Scores …

Apps

Camera+ iOS app adds full-resolution burst-mode & new iOS 7 filter pack

The popular Camera+ iOS app from developer taptaptap gets an update today, jumping from version 4.0.2 to Version 4.2 (just for the fun of it according to the release notes below), and adds a few notable new features.<p>On top of fixing a bug that crashed the app when using burst-mode, the update …

Top iPhone apps gone free

Only here can you find the latest and best iPhone apps gone free today. Our proprietary appPicker Minestore™ algorithm finds you the best free iPhone …

Apps

Electronics & Appliances: Tablets, Smartphones, TVs | Samsung US

Get the Galaxy you love.<p>Now yours with Samsung financing.<p>Sign up for a Samsung Account.<p>Sign up for a Samsung Account today, for easy product …

Volkswagen's SmileDrive App Tracks Your Road Trip

You might want to bring along one more passenger on your next road trip.<p>Volkswagen recently launched SmileDrive, an app that can work as the group …

The Average Smartphone User Downloads 25 Apps

The average smartphone user in South Korea has downloaded 40 apps — the highest number in the world and well above the global average of 25 downloads.<p>…

App Lets You Cheat Thank You Cards

Best road-trip apps for holiday travels

If you are setting out on the road this fall or winter, plug in your car-charger and smartphone because you can bring along a ton of collective wisdom in the form of great road-trip apps.<p>From the navigation-oriented Waze to gas-price bargain hunter Gas Buddy, the best of these apps incorporate the …

Need a Life Coach? There's an App for That

New app allows you to track and and complete life goals.<p>Have you always wanted to climb Everest, go skydiving, take a trip to wine country or run a …

Google may soon pay you to monitor your mobile app usage (report)

For Google and Facebook, the race is on to figure out exactly how we use our mobile devices.<p>Following Facebook’s announcement that it bought Onavo, whose technology could give it deep insights into user app habits, now Engadget is reporting that Google may be working on a similar service dubbed …

Seene, The Trippy New App For 3D Photos, Is Blowing Our Minds

It feels like there are a million new apps for taking photos out there but this one really is different: Seene has a system which utilizes the camera on your phone to create a 3D image of whatever you point it at.<p>The app works by mapping the object in your photo with a series of dots. You then move …

Apps

Here's Why Apple's Passbook App Has Already Become A Major Platform For Mobile Commerce

What is Passbook? The short answer is that it's a place for large retailers and brands to connect with consumers.<p>The list of the brands with a Passbook presence is impressive enough to suggest that Apple's wallet app isn't too far from being what it set out to become: an iPhone repository for …

FinTech

Aereo For Android Launches On October 22

Android users, how would you like 30 live TV channels to be available on your phone or tablet at any given time or place? If that sounds like you, then happy Thursday.<p>Aereo, the company that streams live television and DVR service to iPhone, iPad and desktop users across the country, is today …

Cluster Brings Simple Group Photo-Sharing To Android

Photo-sharing app Cluster, which this summer announced $1.6 million in funding in a round led by early Instagram investor Steve Anderson of Baseline Ventures, is today making its mobile photo albums app more practical for real-world use with a launch on Android. The new app is similar to the 1.0 …

Facebook Music App Gets Jack In The Box Jumping

Jack In The Box has launched a Facebook app that lets viewers search for tunes and click through to Spotify—if they are signed up with the digital …

Webroot brings app reputation service to its mobile security suite

Webroot announced a new release of the Webroot SecureAnywhere Business—Mobile Protection suite. The new version adds some key features and capabilities and blurs the line between mobile security and mobile device management. One element that stands out from the rest, though, is Webroot’s new …

Apps