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The Moon Could Be Littered With Fossils From Earth


Diatoms. Images a and b are raw diatoms; c and d are fossilized, and e and f are fossilized diatoms that were frozen but not shot.

How I Used a Paint Can to Forge a Rugged Knife [Video]


http://cf.c.ooyala.com/tkOGxxbjq0HYlgswqgGa65QIVAIErOP6/Ut_HKthATH4eww8X... Please enable Javascript to watch this video Before bows and arrows, language, and even vertical foreheads, some of our ancestors survived by industriously chipping rocks into sharp tools.

Behind The Scenes Of “The Whole Brilliant Enterprise”


The final graphic Office for Creative Research For the July issue of Popular Science, we—the Office for Creative Research—created a data visualization celebrating NASA’s long history of aerospace innovation. Since 1959, NASA has published a document called “Astronautics & Aeronautics Chronology” nearly every year, compiling news coverage of science, technology, and policy at the agency.

The Whole Brilliant Enterprise: NASA’s First 50 Years In One Interactive Graphic


Ever since NASA established its history program in 1959, the agency has periodically compiled the world’s aeronautics advances into a single report.

The Fight Against Fake Birth Control


Pills with different components don't always look this different. Alexandra Ossola As a traditionally Catholic country, Peru has been slower than most to accept contraceptives.

"Nightfall": An Excerpt From Our Sci-Fi Special Issue


"Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov Illustration by Ryan Inzana This is an excerpt from Popular Science's special issue, Dispatches From The Future.

The Week In Numbers: Our Favorite Citizen Scientist, Our Favorite Moonwalkers, And More


Long Service U.S. National Atmospheric and Atmospheric Administration volunteer Richard Hendrickson looks out over the Atlantic Ocean sometime in the 1930s.

Climate Change Cruise Will Bring Tourists Across The Melted Arctic


The USS Honolulu Interrupts Some Polar Bears Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, US-Navy via Wikimedia Commons Polar bears are the largest land predators in the world.

Was Quarantine The Right Move?


Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the plague. NIAID/Flickr Yesterday, Chinese authorities finally lifted a nine-day quarantine of 151 individuals from the northwestern city of Yumen, instituted after a 38-year-old man died of a bubonic plague infection last week.

Korean Baseball Team To Fill Seats With Robot Fans


Telepresence Robots Do the 'Wave' by Holding Up LED Signs Hanwha Eagles The Hanwha Eagles of Daejeon, Korea, have been on a long losing streak, the BBC reports… but they are winners in our hearts here at Popular Science.

Solar Sponge Efficiently Makes Steam


A schematic of the structure, on the left; the sponge making steam, on the right. MIT Generating steam is enormously useful.

Fukushima Monkeys Have Fewer Blood Cells Than Monkeys Elsewhere, Study Finds


Sorry, Big Guy A Macaca fuscata in Osaka, photographed in 2010 KENPEI on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Following the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, monkeys living in nearby forests have been found to have lowered blood cell counts, according to a new study.

"The Tolling Of Pavlov's Bells": An Excerpt From Our Sci-Fi Special Issue


"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.

The Next Tuna You Eat Could Have A Mackerel Momma


Pacific Prey Wikimedia Commons If you're not worried about a future without toro sushi or rare tuna steaks, you probably should be.

Molars, Monsters and Other Amazing Images Of This Week


An Opulent Microbial Struggle On a trip to Death Valley, California, chemist Michael P. Zach collected just a simple salt sample.

The Week In Drones: No-Fly Maps, Protecting Future Japan, And More


A Field Near Madison Wisconsin Yinan Chen, 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.

Smart Seatbelts Detect Drowsy Drivers


Take A Break. Car accidents, some due to driver fatigue, caused 33,500 fatalities in the United States and around 28,100 deaths in the European Union in 2012.

Game of Drones


Illustrations by Studio MUTI Most pilots enjoy keeping their drones airborne. Marque Cornblatt, who studied digital art before turning to robotics, has different pleasure centers in his brain.

Happy Birthday, Chandra X-Ray Observatory


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.

Leishmania Parasite: Deadly For Humans, Good For Flies


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 20,000 to 30,000 per year.  Leishmaniasis comes in two basic forms, cutaneous and visceral.


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