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July 25th
A schematic of the structure, on the left; the sponge making steam, on the right. MIT Generating steam is enormously useful. Much of the world's energy actually comes from steam--coal power plants heat up water to produce water vapor, which turns …
July 25th
"The Tolling of Pavlov's Bells" by Seanan McGuire Illustration by Lisa Kay This is an excerpt from Popular Science's special issue, Dispatches From The Future. Visit iTunes to download the edition onto your iPad, or return to our list o…
July 25th
Pacific Prey Wikimedia Commons If you're not worried about a future without toro sushi or rare tuna steaks, you probably should be. Five of the eight species of this tasty marine predator are endangered, according to the International Union for…
July 25th
An Opulent Microbial Struggle On a trip to Death Valley, California, chemist Michael P. Zach collected just a simple salt sample. Once back in the lab, he added a drop of water and put the sample in front of a microscope. The result astonished…
July 25th
These images have got some teeth. An Opulent Microbial Struggle On a trip to Death Valley, California, chemist Michael P. Zach collected just a simple salt sample. Once back in the lab, he added a drop of water and put the sample in front of a …
July 24th
Supernova Remnant G292.0+1.8 One of four new images from Chandra. NASA/CXC/SAO The Space Shuttle Columbia carried the Chandra X-ray Observatory into space on July 23, 1999. To commemorate the telescope's quinceañera, NASA has released fo…
July 24th
Four new images of supernova remnants celebrate the telescope's 15 years of awesome discoveries G292.0+1.8 G292.0+1.8 lacks a catchy name, but it's one of only three known oxygen-rich supernova remnants (SNRs) in the Milky Way galaxy. This image sho…
July 24th
This is a sand fly, an insect which spreads leishmaniasis. Rod Dillon No human would be inclined to think favorably of leishmaniasis, caused by a parasite spread by sand flies, which infects about 12 million people worldwide and kills 2…
July 24th
"Night's Slow Poison" by Ann Leckie Illustration by Lisa Kay This is an excerpt from Popular Science's special issue, Dispatches From The Future. Visit iTunes to download the edition onto your iPad, or return to our list of excerpts. Th…
July 23rd
Dispatches from the Future Download a copy from iTunes. Popular Science We love science fiction here at Popular Science. Many of the real-life innovations and advances that fill our pages every month, in fact, started as pie-in-the-sk…
July 23rd
Sweet dreams This is reportedly a giant Dobsonfly, the world's largest, with a wingspan of 21 centimeters (8.3 inches), large enough to cover your face. China News Service/ Zhong Xin Gadzooks! The world's largest aquatic insect has reportedly b…
July 23rd
Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first footprints on the Moon, and it was epic. Popular Science covered this enormous achievement with an article by Wernher von Braun– a German-born engineer, now…
July 22nd
View from an Iceberg Magnus Petersen and Dave Porter prepare to lower a temperature-depth-salinity sensor into a fjord near the village of Kullorsuaq, as part of a study into changing conditions where Greenland's melting glaciers meet the ocean. …
July 22nd
Dromedary camels, which can carry MERS. Wilson44691 via Wikimedia Commons Research strongly suggests that camels carry Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral illness that has sickened nearly 700 and killed at least 209 people as of earl…
July 22nd
2,458 Cells Fernando Amat et al., "Fast, accurate reconstruction of cell lineages from large-scale fluorescence microscopy data," Nature Methods, 2014 What is this fuzzy creature? Sadly, it's not pettable. This is a microscope image of a fruit fl…
July 21st
A desert woodrat Kevin Kohl, University of Utah Desert woodrats are picky, but not in the way you might expect: several woodrat populations in the U.S. Southwest specifically eat a type of highly toxic creosote bush. Another group eats juniper, w…
July 21st
Illustrations by Jason Schneider If humans can indeed smell fear they wouldn’t be unusual in the animal kingdom. Sea anemones, earthworms, minnows, fruit flies, rats, mice, and deer, among others, have all been shown to signal unease through …
July 21st
The Caribbean reef squid, in the pencil squid family. Public Domain via Wikipedia In the most advanced prosthetics--such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm--electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in …
July 21st
Shocking! Photograph by Travis Rathbone When it comes to thunderheads, lightning is the great equalizer. Essentially a giant spark, lightning relieves the charge differentials that build up in storm systems. But it’s also one of the greates…
July 18th
250,000,000 miles: how far away the Rosetta spacecraft is from Earth. However, Rosetta is just 8,000 miles from its target, a comet that is called 67P and is surprisingly shaped like a rubber ducky. 2,700,000: the number of Wikipedia articles written b…
July 18th
Just a regular nose on somebody's face. David Goehring via Flickr CC 2.0 Eight years ago, doctors took nasal tissue samples and grafted them onto the spines of 20 quadriplegics. The idea was that stem cells within the nasal tissue might turn into…
July 18th
Algal Blooms Along Canada's West Coast Left: George dumping iron into the ocean (via New Energy Times). Right: This August 2012 NASA satellite data shows relatively high concentrations of chlorophyll as yellows and oranges in the region of the Paci…
July 18th
A poop for the ages. Copyright Chait.com Remnants of prehistoric beasts are top-ticket items at auctions worldwide. Objects ranging from eggs to imprints of their skin have found new homes in museums and private collections. But a new paleon…
July 18th
That's One Super Moon This past week we were all treated to the first of three "super moons" of 2014. A super moon happens when the moon is at its perigree, or the point in its orbit at which it's closest to the Earth. It also appears larger when i…
July 18th
(This isn't actually Bertrand Might, though the child did require repeated hospitalizations.) Philippe Put via Flickr CC2.0 When young Bertrand Might was born, his parents at first thought nothing was amiss. But then they began to worry, as his b…