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Train-mounted lasers blast tracks clean

Trains in the Netherlands are getting armed with lasers as part of a test to see if they can burn away dangerous material on the tracks, including autumn leaves.<p>If you're a home owner, having a laser to vaporize all those pesky autumn leaves that cover your lawn probably sounds like a pretty good …

Trains

Windows 8.1 picks up steam as consumers adopt latest update

The share of PCs running on Microsoft's latest operating system jumps in October.<p>A little more than a year after Windows 8.1 was made available, the update to Microsoft's PC operating system is finally seeing some progress.<p>The market share of PCs that run Windows 8.1 jumped to 10.9 percent in …

Microsoft Windows

An espresso machine in your backpack? Minipresso says yes

The Minipresso is a hand-pumped coffee gadget that's supposed to provide you with traditional machine-quality coffee in a portable package.<p>While there's something to be said -- a lot to be said, really -- for cowboy coffee, a fine espresso is a wonder unto itself. And the Minipresso looks like it's …

Coffee

Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

We’re starting to understand what’s next for Windows. Considering the most recent leaks involving the Charms Bar, desktop improvements, and the like, it’s becoming plain that some of what Windows 8 emphasized and introduced will be scaled back in Microsoft’s next Windows build.<p>Windows 9, often …

Physicists create tractor beam made of water

A water-based tractor beam that could contain oil spills and manipulate floating objects cannot yet be explained by mathematical theory.<p>A surprising new technique created by a team of physicists led by Professor Michael Shats at the Australian National University reveals that simple wave generators …

Quantum Mechanics

The Shkadov Thruster, or: How to Move an Entire Solar System

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in building gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Shkadov Thruster, a mirror potentially larger than the sun.<p><b>Name</b>: Shkadov Thruster<p><b>Named for</b>: Russian physicist Leonid Shkadov, …

Google Loses To Patent Troll Seeking $125 Million In Damages

Google has lost its battle against a patent troll after a Texas court found Android guilty of infringing a push notification patent. SimpleAir — …

Google's humanoid robots take on Amazon's courier drones

Online shopping is not the most glamorous aspect of the digital revolution, but it has just become the latest Silicon Valley battleground, with droids racing drones to become the courier of the future.<p>First Amazon promised to eliminate the drudgery of the post office queue with parcels delivered by …

Oldest Human DNA Discovered, Muddles Picture of Our Origin

Scientists have decoded the world’s oldest human DNA sequence, beating the previous record by almost 300,000 years, and at the same time confusing …

UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies<p>Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to …

Scientists Find Aggressive New HIV Strain

Swedish scientists have identified a new strain of HIV that appears to progress much faster than most previously identified variations of the …

The U.N. Has 'Massive Evidence' Implicating Assad in Syrian War Crimes

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The United Nations' human rights chief says her office has found "massive evidence" indicating a …

The secret Hong Kong facility that uses boiling goo to mine Bitcoins

A single bitcoin is now worth over $1,000, but the process of mining for the digital currency — in which people devote computing power to facilitate global Bitcoin transactions and secure the currency's network — is growing increasingly expensive. Serious miners have started to build dedicated …

A College Kid Made More Than $24,000 Yesterday Just By Waving This Sign On ESPN

A college student quickly made over $24,000 just by waving this sign on TV.<p>Here's the deal: Yesterday on ESPN's "College GameDay" (an ESPN college football show that's filmed at a different college campus each week) some student held the above sign that has both the Bitcoin logo and a QR code.<p>A QR …

Bitcoin

Comet Ison: how to spot it

Some advice on how to see the comet if it survives its fiery encounter with the sun on Thursday. Even it breaks apart it should provide a spectacular, but brief show<p>If Comet Ison survives its trial by fire as it buzzes the sun on Thursday, it should light up night skies during December. Pete …

How to win Thanksgiving: A holiday guide to arguing with right-wing relatives

Your guide to dealing with relatives with awful views this long weekend. A special “Obamacare train wreck” edition<p>Once again, Americans everywhere are spending a wonderful day with their families, being thankful for things, and also probably getting trapped wherever they are for days because of …

Ex-Nokia engineers launch Jolla smartphone

Engineers who worked on the MeeGo OS for Nokia before it was ditched in favour of Microsoft Windows have launched their first smartphone since leaving the company to continue their work<p>A team of engineers who worked on the MeeGo operating system for <b>Nokia</b> before it was ditched in favour of Microsoft …

Associated Press News

Amish Girl With Leukemia, Family Flees US to Avoid Chemotherapy

A 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia and her parents have left the country to seek alternatives to chemotherapy, according to the family's attorney.<p>…

“100mph Bike”

<b>May 09.13 – “100mph bike”</b><p>The 100mph bike, speed bike or any one of the working titles that has been used for this project by the people involved. Its …

Health Care

The fake Facebook profile I could not get removed

I’ll never know why the kids did it, but there it was: Sleazy, horrifying, and I was powerless to get it taken down<p>I've been a writer a long time, but chances are, you don't know my name.<p>I've written thrillers, been an essayist for NPR, won the Stanley Drama Award as a playwright and was finalist …

The Week in Review: The 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination

Inside Flipboard / November 22, 2013<p>This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The youngest elected …

Enter Popular Science's 8th Annual Invention Awards

Have you created a world-changing contraption? Tell us about it for a chance to be featured in our May 2014 inventions issue.<p>Passionate inventors in modest workshops around the world, often backed by little more than ambition and a big idea, are minting surprising new technologies that stand to …

Why You Can’t Sell Me a Car

A millennial’s message to automakers<p>[<i>UPDATE</i>: The author has responded to a number of reader questions in a new post, titled "Why You Still Can't Sell Me A Car."]<p>When I was a kid, my father's Kettering, Ohio, auto shop was often my daycare center. Grease-stained mechanics wielding hefty tools the …

Thousands flee as Indonesia volcano erupts eight times in a matter of hours

Mount Sinabung, which has been erupting intermittently since September, goes in to overdrive and rains rocks down forcing thousands to flee homes<p>A volcano in western Indonesia has erupted eight times in just a few hours, "raining down rocks" over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their …

TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research.<p>Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, "The pay-TV industry has …

Televisions

Obama Reaches Out to Netanyahu to Ease Concerns About Iran Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday in an effort to assuage concerns over the early morning nuclear deal …