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The Surprising Science Behind The Movie ‘Interstellar’

Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and enthralling story can prompt even the most disciplined Popular Science employee to daydream at his or her desk. To us,science fiction is a lens through which...

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6 iPhone Apps That Use TouchID to Make Your Life Easier

Apple’s TouchID fingerprint recognition lets you lock your phone James Bond-style, using biometrics. It’s cool and adds an extra layer of security, so it makes sense that apps are jumping to integrate it. Here are some of the best apps that take advantage of TouchID to keep your shit on...

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Yik Yak-Big App on Campus

Yik Yak is blowing up! Josh Miller, a Facebook project manager rumored to be working on an anonymity app for the social network, tweeted and deleted that comment recently, asking many people to wonder what he was talking about. Miller was talking about Yik Yak, an anonymous posting app that...

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MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in their own right. Though only in the prototype stage, it’s designed to have 256 megabytes...

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The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service

It’s easy to forget that the International Space Station isn’t just a place for astronauts to hang out and take epic selfies. Because of its unique microgravity environment, the station is actually avaluable hub for research and development, housing hundreds of ongoing experiments that involve everything from human tissue growth...

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Squid Protein Could Help Brains ‘Talk’ to Computers

In the most advanced prosthetics–such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm–electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in the human body. But getting living tissue to play nice with a circuit board is anything but easy, for a number of reasons. One fundamental obstacle you may not have considered: electronics send signals via negatively...

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Uncontacted Amazonian Tribe Voluntarily Contacts Scientists, Catches Flu.

Amazon Rainforest: This photo was taken near the city of Manaus, Brazil, which is northeast of the Acre region discussed below. Phil P. Harris on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5 Late last month, something extraordinary happened at the edge of the rainforest in Acre, Brazil. Members of an uncontacted Amazonian...

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Robots Morph From Solid To Squishy

Well it looks like science has brought us another step towards a real-life Skynet and the destruction of mankind. Researchers led by MIT’s Anette Hosoi have developed a low-cost phase-changing material that could be used to allow robots to shift between soft and hard states – just like the T-1000...

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The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

How to Capture Energy at 2,000 Feet A The body, or shroud, of Altaeros’s Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) is kept aloft by 1,000 cubic meters of helium. Four air-filled stabilizing fins passively steer the BAT into incoming gusts. The company worked with airship and spacesuit pioneer ILC Dover to develop...