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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.

An Animated Avatar Could Screen Humans For National Security


The Avatar Tested for National Security Interviews NCAA When the paperwork at your doctor's office asks you how much alcohol you drink, do you write down the truth?

Why DARPA Wants An Experimental Spaceplane


Artist's Concept for an Experimental Spaceplane DARPA So DARPA wants a reusable spaceplane. I mean, who doesn't?

"Night's Slow Poison"


"Night's Slow Poison" by Ann Leckie Illustration by Lisa Kay This is an excerpt from Popular Science's special issue, Dispatches From The Future.

Introducing Our First Sci-Fi Special Issue For The iPad


Dispatches from the Future Download a copy from iTunes. Popular Science We love science fiction here at Popular Science.

Could This Old Warplane Really Shoot Down MH17?


An Su-25 In Flight Wikimedia Commons Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over separatist-held eastern Ukraine, Russian state-owned media started focusing a lot on a strange little plane. The Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" is a jet fighter from the late Cold War, designed to support ground troops from closer overhead, and in the MH17 tragedy, what the Su-25 can and can't do is a centerpiece of Russian denials.

101-Year-Old Citizen Scientist Has Called In Weather Observations Every Day For 84 Years


Richard Hendrickson Takes a Weather Measurement, 2008 NOAA Generations before anyone came up with the idea of "citizen science," an 18-year-old Richard Hendrickson called in his first weather report to what was then the U.S.

World's Largest Aquatic Insect Reportedly Found In China


Sweet dreams This is reportedly a giant Dobsonfly, the world's largest, with a wingspan of 21 centimeters (8.3 inches), large enough to cover your face.

Here's Our Original Coverage of Apollo 11


Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first footprints on the Moon, and it was epic. Popular Science covered this enormous achievement with an article by Wernher von Braun– a German-born engineer, now known as "The Father of Rocket Science,"  who built the Saturn V launch vehicle that brought Apollo to the Moon.

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.

How Climate Science Gets Done In The Icy Fjords of Greenland


View from an Iceberg Magnus Petersen and Dave Porter prepare to lower a temperature-depth-salinity sensor into a fjord near the village of Kullorsuaq, as part of a study into changing conditions where Greenland's melting glaciers meet the ocean.

MERS Virus May Be Able To Spread Through The Air


Dromedary camels, which can carry MERS. Wilson44691 via Wikimedia Commons Research strongly suggests that camels carry Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral illness that has sickened nearly 700 and killed at least 209 people as of early June, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization.

How To Watch An Animal Develop Cell By Cell


2,458 Cells Fernando Amat et al., "Fast, accurate reconstruction of cell lineages from large-scale fluorescence microscopy data," Nature Methods, 2014 What is this fuzzy creature?

Could Lasers Be The Future Of Anti-Missile Weapons?


American Concept Art Of Soviet Laser. From 1986. Edward L. Cooper, via Wikimedia Commons On Thursday, July 18th, Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 was struck by a missile.

U.K. Supermarket To Run On Electricity Made From Its Own Rotting Food


An Anaerobic Digestion Plant City of Lincoln, Nebraska One U.K. grocery store plans to power itself using biogas harvested from its own unsold, rotting produce.

Welcome To The Lab Of An Apollo Computer Anatomist


Blanche in her workshop. Photograph by Ray Lego Fran Blanche’s workshop is more than a place to unwind.

Ask Anything: Can Humans Smell Fear?


Illustrations by Jason Schneider If humans can indeed smell fear they wouldn’t be unusual in the animal kingdom.

Tiny Traps Capture Individual Blood Cells


Trapped! An illustration and two microscope images showing the pyramidal self-folding traps and round cells.


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