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August 22nd
Crunchy and delicious. Science Photo Library/Getty Images 6: the number of weeks it takes to raise your own edible crickets. The cost: $22. 121.5: the calories in one serving size of crickets, which is 100 grams …
August 22nd
Woodpeckers have one heck of a cranium Illustration by Jason Schneider One day in 1976, psychiatrist Philip May asked his colleague at the University of California, Los Angeles a peculiar question: “Why don’t woodpeckers have headaches…
August 22nd
Unfathomably Pasty Beetles Imagine the color white. Make it whiter. These beetles are even whiter than that. Natives of Southeast Asia, the Cyphochilusbeetles camouflage to the white of the fungus commonly found in their habitat. But they do the co…
August 22nd
Mmm, breakfast Avid Hills via Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Some parts of your complete breakfast are about to get pricier. Or, at the very least, they’re about to get pricier than they already are. With droughts raging in agricultural powerhouses like…
August 21st
Malassezia lores Janice Haney Carr/CDC What do human scalps, deep sea vents, and Antarctic soil have in common? As it turns out, all of these places are home to one weird group of fungi. A study published today in the journal …
August 21st
Photographs by F. Scott Schafer Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to hell,” Bill Nye said. He was prepping for a Super Bowl party and making pizza dough from a recipe given to him by his friend, Bob Pic…
August 20th
Octopus Flickr CC by 2.0 An octopus evading a predator has one of the coolest evolutionary adaptations up its (eight) sleeves; in a matter of milliseconds, its skin can change color and opacity to blend in with the surroundings, rendering the crea…
August 20th
Martian Pyramid Rendering Valcrow NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial questions remain.…
August 20th
A Glacial Lake Near The Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Paul Clement via Flickr By CC 2.0 When Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano blew up in 2010, the relatively small eruption belched out a 30,000-foot-tall plume of ash that shut down ai…
August 20th
Used Batteries elizaIO on Flickr Used car batteries can leech chemicals and create lead pollution when they're incorrectly trashed. A team at MIT believes that this lead can be cut out of the waste stream entirely -- and put to good use creating …
August 19th
Antarctica Released in August 2014, this mosaic compiles over 3,150 satellite images of Antarctica into a single image of the entire continent. CSA/MDA/CCIN University of Waterloo A newly released image of Antarctica offers the most complete, d…
August 19th
Sea Smells Victor Kerlow As I took a deep breath in, a familiar scent filled my nose: slightly sulfury, with just a pinch of green, and a briny finish. It was the smell of the seashore, but I wasn’t actually at the seashore. On the contrary,…
August 18th
Dispatches from the Future Download a copy from iTunes. Popular Science When Popular Science asked authors Ann Leckie and Mary Robinette Kowal to contribute to our Dispatches From The Future digital sci-fi special issue, it …
August 18th
I was recently alerted to a video showing a praying mantis attacking a hummingbird. "Wait," I thought, "mantises can catch hummingbirds?" This seemed unlikely to me, due to the size difference. I searched and found several videos purporting to sho…
August 15th
Washington Burning This image, taken by equipment on NASA's Aqua satellite on the evening of August 11, 2014, shows a dozen wildfires burning across the state of Washington (as well as a couple in Montana to the far right). NASA Rapid Response MO…
August 15th
Shark bites are a real threat to undersea fiber-optic cables. No, really. Google actually goes so far as to wrap its wires in a Kevlar-like material to prevent damage from sharks, a company spokesperson recently disclosed. As you can see in the video be…
August 15th
Rare Panda Babies Are Also Ridiculously Cute A species that is very much endangered, pandas have an extremely low reproductive rate. Scientists have gone through great pains to artificially inseminate them for decades, often with frustrating (and, …
August 15th
Go ahead, indulge your eyeballs. Rare Panda Babies Are Also Ridiculously Cute A species that is very much endangered, pandas have an extremely low reproductive rate. Scientists have gone through great pains to artificially inseminate them for decade…
August 15th
Detroit Flood. On August 11, more than 4 inches of rain fell on Detroit in less than a day. Drivers abandoned their cars as many metro area highways turned into lakes. The Detroit News Six weeks worth of rain fell on greater Detroit on Monday, …
August 15th
Truvada Pills The drug that could end the HIV pandemic is already here. Branded Truvada, this pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents HIV infection by blocking the virus’s ability to replicate. “It’s a big deal,” says Robert…
August 14th
Popular Science, September 2014 Letter From The Editor Knowledge Is The Best Investment Peer Review Feeding The Beast Features War Of 0's And 1's See. Learn. Do. Earth In A Lab Investigate Alien Life—Without Leaving Earth The Code Crusader L…
August 13th
Myfawny Williams studied the genetics of Themeda triandra, a type of grass native to Africa. Courtesy Julia Wood In 1946, my mother, Myfanwy, was 16 and going to school in Cape Town, South Africa, when she wrote a letter to Albert Einst…
August 13th
Peter Thiel outlines his start-up philosophy in Zero to One, which will be published in September. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images Four years ago, billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel announced the Thiel Fellowship, a two-year start-…
August 13th
Anant Agarwal's early success with online teaching gave edX a template for labs, a key feature for science and engineering courses. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New York Times As a freshman at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in …
August 13th
Students help retell history through shipwrecks. Courtesy NOAA ONMS More than 150 confirmed wrecks lie deep beneath the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. And since 1996, under-graduate students under the guidance of Hans Van Tilb…