The Generalist

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The Secret of Star Wars Fandom

Six feature films, three spinoff films, five television series, plus video games, books, and merchandise, plus a big chunk of the internet, all devoted to the Star Wars universe. There will always be movies with fans, but those who identify with Star Wars are so numerous, so prolific, and so...

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How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers

There are no ballpoint grenade pens, no wrist-mounted dart guns, no Aston Martins tricked out with smoke screens, bulletproof glass, revolving license plates or ejector seats. Still, the geek-approved contraptions at Lego’s research-and-development facility in Billund, Denmark, are as covetable as anything cooked up by Q Branch. Q Branch, of...

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A Jacket That Protects You From Germs on Public Transit

The growing bedbug issue on New York’s subways sounds pretty awful, but you know what’s worse? All the parasites and invisible germs you don’t see while taking public transit. You might as well be rolling around in a petri dish when you step on a bus, unless you’ve got protection....

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This Artificial Tongue Can Taste the Tannins in Wine

Wine tasting notes are famous for their verbal flourishes—for example, “kirsch, dried beef and baker’s chocolate,”—but the liquid is ultimately just a collection of molecules, some sour, some bitter, some dry. And we’re getting better at quantifying taste. A newly developed artificial tongue uses the very proteins from our mouthes...

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Top Dogs: Movies May Determine Which Pups Are Most Popular.

Did watching 101 Dalmatians instill you with a burning desire to fill your home with dozens of monochrome puppies? A new study suggests that may often be the case. The research suggests that all those great canine characters in films have been a prominent influence on the popularity of a breed among dog owners....

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The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

Power Players Power Players L-R: Makani, KiteGen, Ampyx Power, NTS X-Wind Greg Maxson Altaeros has a handful of competitors. While their tactics may differ, their goal is the same: to harness the wind where it blows strongest. -Alexandra Ossola Makani Device: Airfoil How It Works: As the Airborne Wind Turbine...

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An Origami Microscope For Less Than a Dollar

Imagine a world where every child owns a microscope. A clever new method to fold the instrument from a single sheet of paper may bring that dream closer to reality. In the Foldscope, invented by Stanford University engineers, creased paper creates a scaffold, which holds a lens and an LED...

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Who Is Running Phony Cell Phone Towers Around The Country?

On August 29, Popular Science published a map of interceptor towers — surveillance devices that masquerade as cell phone towers to intercept voice and data transmissions from every cell user in an area. 19 of the interceptors were found in the United States in August, and two more popped up on September...

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Augmented Reality Visor Will Overlay Data On The Real World.

Playing a first-person shooter like Call of Duty with a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift or the Sony Morpheus seems like a recipe for ultra-realistic gaming bliss – until you sprint after virtual Germans and plow right into your actual living room wall. When you wear a screen...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ pizza thrower hurls whole pies

Everybody knows that Ninja Turtles’ favorite food is pizza. Back in 1989, during the height of the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” craze, Playmates delivered a toy portable pizza thrower to the eager hands of child fans. The battery-powered vehicle flung plastic pizzas designed to level Shredder’s henchmen. It was...