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A New 'Radar Gun' May Spot Drivers Who Text Behind The Wheel


Radar Speed Gun at Work at a Naval Base, 2006 Photo by the U.S. Department of Defense. See it at the U.S.

NASA Flies Over Lake Erie To Scan For Dangerous Algae Blooms


John H. Glenn Research Center At Lewis Field NASA What started as a small research project at NASA has become an important tool in a campaign to combat the toxic algae blooms that recently left 500,000 people in the Toledo area without drinking water.

Now Live: The October 2014 Issue of Popular Science


Letter From The Editor Disruption Comes In Cycles Now Defend Your Home With Artificial Intelligence The Greatest Things Of October 2014  The Evolution Of Sneakers  Hockey Gear Made to Measure  The Buzz On Health Trackers  The Bike That Never Needs Repairs  The Ultimate Slo-Mo Camera Next Kicking Ice And Taking Names  Building Better Knees For The NBA  How The New Sugar Stats Will Kill Halloween (But Save You)  How Tweets Can Save Lives  A Spacecraft That Packs The Punch Of A Warhead  Rethinking The Turing Test Features The Car Disrupted (coming soon)  The Lab At The Bottom Of The World  The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet  The Brilliant Ten of 2014 (coming soon)  The Devils And The Deep Blue Sky Manual Create A Smoking Pumpkin With An E-Cigarette  How To Survive A Hurricane With Household Items  The Greatest Space Hack Ever The Rise Of Open Source Hardware Turn A Shoe Box Into A Phone Projector Ask Anything Can You Get PTSD From A Virtual Experience?

Google vs The DMV: How To Test A Self-Driving Car


View from Google's 2012 Driving Test Nevada DMV In May 2012, Google's self-driving car underwent a classic American teenage ritual.

An Origami Microscope For Less Than a Dollar


Little device, big magnification. Photograph by Brian Klutch Imagine a world where every child owns a microscope.

How Reshma Saujani Is Building A Generation Of Girls Who Code


Reshma Saujani's Girls Who Code aims to expose 1 million young women to computer science by 2020. Courtesy Girls Who Code When Reshma Saujani toured New York City schools during her 2010 primary run for Congress, the gender divide in computer-science classrooms shocked her.

Genetically, Schizophrenia Is At Least Eight Separate Diseases


An illustration of DNA via Pixabay Research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that schizophrenia is not a single genetic disease, but in fact a class of diseases with variable symptoms.

How It Works: A Flexible, Pneumatic Robot Snake


Your Tentacle Friend Screenshot from "CSAIL Robotic Arm Slithers Like A Snake Through Pipes" by MITCSAIL on YouTube So Gizmodo found this morning a seafoam-green, pneumatic, snake/tentacle robot that's able to wiggle its way through a simple, walled maze.

Drone Brain Makers Want To Create The DOS Of Flying Robots


Still From An Airware Video The idea is that the same red autopilot box works with all sorts of drone bodies.

Video: Liquid Metal Flows Into Programmable Shapes, T-1000-Style


Above: The T-1000; Below: Getting there Carolco Pictures and Michael Dickey A team of researchers report that they understand a property of a liquid metal that allows them to manipulate it like the T-1000 from Terminator 2 and even build "scale models" of the violent automaton.

5 Educational Programs For Learning By Making


Students participate in hands-on learning at The Makery in New York City. Courtesy Makery NYC SparkTruck Frustrated with the decline of hands-on learning, Stanford University students created SparkTruck as a roving maker lab.

Fast-Running Robot Cheetah Let Off Its Leash


The MIT Cheetah Robot Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 It bounds just like a rabbit, but it's not quite as cute.

Here's Where The Rosetta Lander Will Touch Down ... Or Crash


Look Out Below! Philae will attempt a landing at Site J, shown here, in November. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA The European Space Agency has finally chosen a target for Rosetta’s lander.

Who Is Running Phony Cell Phone Towers Around The Country?


Who Is Running Interceptor Towers? Homeland 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.

What The First All-Electric Racing Championship Will Be Like


In Beijing KatherineLegge.com/Amlin Aguri Popular Science has partnered with British electric racecar driver Katherine Legge, who will compete in the very first Formula E championship.

The Week In Numbers: Lightweight Lunar Rovers, Forgotten Ricin Bottles, And A Talking Atom We Cannot Hear


Apollo 17's lunar rover on the Moon NASA 480: weight in pounds of the Lunar rover on Earth. On the Moon, it only weighs a light 80 pounds.

Like Sassy Teenagers, Atoms Talk Back


Atom Sound Capture An artificial atom generates sound waves consisting of ripples on the surface of a solid.

The Week In Drones: Whale Snot, Tower Inspectors, And More


Sperm Whale Mother And Child Gabriel Barathieu, via Wikimedia Commons Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.

Top Dogs: Movies May Determine Which Pups Are Most Popular


Dalmations. After seeing 102 Dalmatians you’ll probably want to adopt all of them. Walt Disney LTD Did watching 101 Dalmatians instill you with a burning desire to fill your home with dozens of monochrome puppies?


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