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How engineers learned then vs. now

The learning method for engineers has been ameliorated in our modern era<p>How engineers learn in the 21st century is drastically different from how …

Learning

The ideal gas law – why bubbles expand if you heat them

Think of a cake. When you put it in the oven, it starts off at a particular volume and then, an hour later, it has risen to perhaps double its size. It is obvious what has happened – the air bubbles that you have carefully folded into the mixture during the preparation and the little bubbles of …

Elizabeth Kolbert On The Vanishing Of Species

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, talks with Popular Science's reporter about the prehistory and the present of mass species die-offs<p>Elizabeth Kolbert writes about ecological disasters-in-progress with such perception and verve that readers come away wanting more. Al Gore recently …

Extinction

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Where Plastic Goes

Tracking where the waste ends up<p>In the U.S. most used plastics are never collected for recycling. Of the roughly 10 percent that is, easily sortable items like bottles tend to be recycled domestically, while most everything else gets exported, typically to countries that can sort it cheaply by …

Electronic Waste

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FreedomPop launches smartphone that’s invisible to the NSA

FreedomPop is launching a new black smartphone today. Not only black as in color, but black as in invisible to spying.<p>The Privacy Phone, built on a Samsung Galaxy II smartphone, uses bank-quality 128-bit encryption for voice calls and text messages (your calls now have the same protection as J.P. …

High-protein diet linked to cancer, early death - Futurity

A high-protein diet in middle age makes you nearly twice as likely to die and four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein …

Nutrition

Newly identified dinosaur fauna sheds light on evolution

Less than 20 years ago the first known feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China were being unveiled to a surprised and amazed public, and since then huge numbers of fossils have been found. A new study, however, confirms previous suspicions that this wonderful collection in fact represents two …