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spacex rocket on launchpad 39a

they can try again sunday at 9:38am eastern

if weather allows, spacex's falcon 9 rocket will blast off from 39a at 10:01am eastern on saturday, february 18.

where they tame the undrinkable ocean

one of the fastest-growing cities in the world is also among the driest. read on.

glass of water

tap water can be full of surprises

here are some surprising items that might show up in your h2o. read on.

it's permanently stuck in the wrong orbit, but at least there's a nice view

the juno spacecraft has been stuck in the wrong orbit around jupiter for months, and today nasa announced that's where it will live out the rest of its mission.

metakoo bee mini quadcotper pocket rc drone

a beginner's drone for $28.

a quadcopter pocket drone 72 percent off? i'd buy it. read on.

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eelume robot explores a test rig

new tests put the industrial eelume robot through its paces

an industrial inspection robot with a snake-like body just completed tests at sea.

newsworthy eye candy

the world's largest solar farm, drone taxis, and other amazing images of the week…

horse in front of chemical plant

make the epa great again?

the current administration has floated a bill to a, while a house bill to terminate the epa has resurfaced. but what does an america without the epa look like? and are…

globe southwest pacific

the way we categorize things is actually important

does it really matter if pluto is a planet or if there are eight continents instead of seven? yes. yes it does.

l-15 jl-10 jet fighter trainer

china is investing in the supporting elements of modern air power.

the jl-10 (also the hongdu l-15) is becoming china's top option for preparing pilots for flying stealth fighters. read on.

spacex rocket on launchpad 39a

they can try again sunday at 9:39am eastern

if weather allows, spacex's falcon 9 rocket will blast off from 39a at 10:01am eastern on saturday, february 18.

spacex landing

then comes back for perfect landing on solid ground

the falcon 9's first stage rocket booster returns for a smooth landing on a repurposed launch pad.

scoles my week water dump

cutting water consumption requires more consideration than you'd think

one saturday morning in december, i walked to a hardware store to purchase the 18-gallon ­storage container i would use to take showers for the next seven days.

understand this and you'll be a master spearfisher.

place a straw in a glass of water, and behold: it looks broken. what’s tricking your brain?

empty water bottle

in the wake of the city's water crisis, residents have turned to bottled h2o.

here’s a glimpse of what it’s like to live life in the midst of a water crisis, bottle by bottle. read on.

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a quick physics lesson should clear things up

why do the black and white bars on this piece of patterned paper seemingly switch direction? the answer lies in the shape of the glass—and what’s inside.

brown diamonds

the city is high and dry after losing its glaciers

when the glaciers that fed la paz, bolivia, its water vanished, citizens woke to dry taps, civil unrest—and a water general’s reign.

grab that screengrab

whether you're on windows, macos, android, or ios, here are the button combinations you need to capture an image of your screen and save it for posterity.

hydrothermal vent

behind the deep sea “gold rush” for increasingly rare minerals

is the deep sea the next frontier for mining or a search for fool’s gold?

pluto new horizons

scientists aren’t just jerking you around—this is about something more than your childhood nostalgia

prepare yourself—the pluto debate has returned and people are not going to be able to shut up about it. they’re going to have a lot of opinions and they’re going to need…

the watercolor illusion takes advantage of how our brains perceive shapes and colors

when you glance at the four rippled rectangles in front of you, do the spaces inside look light blue? they’re not. they’re white. here's why you might think it's blue.

it can charge your phone. it's $170 off.

a portable jump starter for my car, 71 percent off? i'd buy it. read on.

heat

oklahoma just saw temperatures close to triple digits

it is extremely unusual to see such sweltering temperatures in the dead of winter, but climate change is loading the dice for severe heat.

it can charge your phone. it's $170 off.

a portable jump starter for my car, 71 percent off? i'd buy it. read on.

there's more to it than smarter a.i.

filler sound can make customer support computers seem friendlier and more helpful.

the evidence lies in a chaco canyon crypt

in a colossal 650-room structure built over a millennia ago in present-day new mexico, women ruled.

we could use their twisted secrets to treat nerve damage

one group of researchers thinks they’ve figured out how: nerve cells are coiled and coated in two different layers of waviness. a better understanding of how this works…

crazy cat

correlation and causation get mixed up again

cat owners can sleep easy tonight. well, maybe they can’t if their cat likes to wake them up at 4am by gently clawing their cheeks, but they can at least put their minds…

xbox one s review

and take your gaming anywhere

both the xbox one and playstation 4 consoles can stream games to a laptop or desktop over the web. here's how to get everything set up.

svalbard seed bank

just two years after tumultuous withdrawal

today, 49,000 varieties of crops including cabbages, wheat, lentils, sweet peas, and many other important agricultural crops will be wheeled into a vault in a…

we could use their twisted secrets to treat nerve damage

one group of researchers thinks they’ve figured out how: nerve cells are coiled and coated in two different layers of waviness. a better understanding of how this works…

sondrestrom glacier

and it all started with an e-mail

researchers are trying to understand interglacials—the pauses that occur between ice ages. technically, we're living in one now. but when will the next ice age come?

what popsci is reading now

should we start a book club?

from sci fi to toni morrison, these are the books we're reading now. onward!

a reported link between herpes and autism isn't as scary as it sounds

a new study reports a link between herpes and autism. but there's more to it than that. and having a baby isn't as scary as many hsv-positive women are led to believe.

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ozetti burr coffee grinder

grind for any machine for only $9 bucks.

an adjustable coffee grinder for 81 percent off? i'd buy it. read on.

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7 planets in the trappist-1 solar system

three of them may be habitable

scientists have hit the jackpot, discovering seven earth-size exoplanets orbiting a star just 39 light-years away. read on.

book excerpt: power play: how video games can save the world

one of the most successful examples of citizen science is lab in the wild, an experimental platform for conducting online behavioral experiments…

most of today’s ai is designed to solve specific problems

artificial intelligence can solve many problems, but it won’t replicate the human brain anytime soon.

china shipbuilding trading company trimaran idex 2017

a trimaran vessel with all-electric propulsion, multiple helicopters, and anti-ship missiles.

china shipbuilding trading company plans for a high-tech trimaran warship with all-electric propulsion, multiple helicopters, and deadly missiles. read on.

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iphone lock screen

are you revealing more than you need to?

your phone's lock screen is intended to keep unwelcome visitors out of your phone, but sometimes they still tease out personal information. here's how to stop them.

it's a matter of weeks before a delaware-sized iceberg hits the high seas

the delaware-sized larsen c glacier is set to break off of the antarctic ice shelf any day now. read on.

manatee waving

come for the sea cow pictures, stay for the environmental policy

the fightin’ sea cows are making a comeback. manatees have been on the endangered species list since 1972, but in the last few years they’ve been so abundant that they…

it can be 3d printed in just one step

a 3d-printed multi-lense camera can see stuff as eagles do. and it's super small.

book excerpt: power play: how video games can save the world

one of the most successful examples of citizen science is lab in the wild, an experimental platform for conducting online behavioral experiments…

a bee and its ball

the study shows that bees can adapt to really weird circumstances

here's the buzz: bees are brilliant.

milkshakes

and that's the problem

we tested out mcdonalds' crazy new straw. it's got some issues.

you can basically read fanfiction about them

on wednesday, nasa announced the discovery of seven "earthlike" planets orbiting a nearby star. and then they rolled out a lot of goodies.

most of today’s ai is designed to solve specific problems

artificial intelligence can solve many problems, but it won’t replicate the human brain anytime soon.

drone america's savant drone from underneath

a test flight of a drone brings an unmanned cloud seeding tool one step closer.

a test flight of a drone brings an unmanned cloud seeding tool one step closer.

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ice cube trays and an ice pick

that cube in your cocktail is a product of evolution.

that cube in your cocktail is a product of evolution. read on.

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shale gas drill rigging at night

and that's not great

most of our attention has been focused on fracking leaks underground, but these latest studies show an increased need for scrutiny of surface leaks, which can pollute…

ice cube molds

take advantage of this golden age of novelty ice molds.

ice cube molds to give your drink character. read on.

mouse

protect your house from vermin

everything you need to know about mouse control…

newsworthy eye candy

from freshly-discovered exoplanets of earth size to the new j-shaped straw of mcdonald's, popsci brings you the images of the week.

horse in front of chemical company

it wasn't pretty

a snapshot from america before the impact of the epa and the effects of rules regulating clean water and air were felt.

why we created the environmental protection agency—and why we still need it

what did america look like before the epa? popsci takes a look.

cruise clearly anytime. it's $32 bucks.

crazy bright led bike lights for 75 percent off? i'd buy it. read on.

why it isn't so nice that the weather's so nice

what are the implications of the recent very warm weather? read on.

those drips could be costing you a fortune

fixing a leaky faucet is one of the simplest and cheapest diy jobs you can do. but if you put it off, you might get a nasty shock with your next water bill.

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iphone cases

a quick guide to the most common typologies.

what case should you get for your phone? read on.

wikipedia globe in hands

and no one even noticed

bots waging war for years on end, silently and endlessly arguing over tiny details on wikipedia is, let’s be honest, pretty funny. automatons with vendettas against each…

laughing owl

but it depends on the species and the context

a study concludes that de-extinction could actually lead to a net loss of biodiversity. read on.

keep your digital memories safe

worried about losing your precious pictures? make sure they're saved for posterity on the web—whether you're using ios, android, macos, or windows—with these leading…

artist rendering of ancient earth

it was not filled with chocolate

new research casts light on how earth’s first continents formed – and a key theory of geology…

wildfire

only you can prevent forest fires. for real.

in the past 20 years, thousands of wildfires have raged across the united states, and most of them are our fault.

like, 100 times more

how do supermassive black holes get so supermassive? a new study suggests they might be chowing down on stars. read on.

silent hunter laser china dubai idex 2017

a peek at the arsenal at an arms fair in dubai.

china displays a whole bunch of high-tech and homemade weapons at the idex 2017 arms fair in dubai. read on.

falcon heavy rocket

two private citizens have reportedly paid up for a lunar jaunt

spacex ceo elon musk announced today that the company is planning to send two private citizens into orbit around the moon.

dehydration in the body

caution: this article may cause thirst

dehydration is different for everybody, but it can get dangerous quick.

but rare diseases don't get a lot of research funding

rare diseases don't get a lot of research funding. but studying them can help more than the select few who have symptoms. read on.

loaves of farmers bread

your morning loaf holds a c02 intensive surprise

recent study says that half of the greenhouse gas emissions from a loaf of bread comes from fertilizer.

fento badger hair shaving brush and chrome razor stand shaving set

make every shave feel like a barber shave. it's only $15.

professional shaving brush and stand 75 percent off? i'd buy it. read on.

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barium enema

and obesity is probably a culprit

colorectal cancer is on the rise in young people. don’t freak out.

get the most juice in the shortest time

the days when your phone's battery is likely to die most quickly are also the days when you need it the most. here are four ways to get your phone charged faster.

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and you should probably cut back on coconut oil

a new study debunks the health benefits of several fad diets. is your favorite on the list?

looking to be more conscious of your water intake? these things well get you started.

looking to be more conscious of your water intake? start here.

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painting feathered dinosaur

soft tissues abound

paleontologists donned dark glasses that made their surroundings even more eerie, and pulled out a small but high powered violet laser that they shone on the specimens…

emily kelly

look at this trove, treasures untold

among hawaii’s reefs, emily kelly dives with surgeonfish and parrotfish. these are the tools she uses to study the underwater world. read on.

how to breathe new life into an outdated device

just because one of the gadgets you own has become outdated doesn't mean you have to trash it. there are lots of ways to give your hardware a second life.

even if you wouldn't share them yourself

our brain has a way to determine which article is more valuable to share. a story’s virality can be predicted by brain signals, according to a new study.

giraffes are silly

time to have the talk about the birds and the giraffe pee

a giraffe in harpursville, ny is about to give birth. instead of just watching the live stream, learn a little about the horrifying process this giraffe went through to…

water bottle in front of computer

what's in your water bottle?

a new study finds that bhpf—a chemical used in some bpa-free plastics—causes harmful pregnancy outcomes in mice. what does that mean for humans?

a tesla charging station

is "range anxiety" a thing of the past?

in addition to nationwide volunteer peer-to-peer sharing, cities, states, utilities and private companies are setting up charging stations for the public.

eccerobot

bio-hybrid robots could make better lab-grown tissues

by and large, engineered tissues are small, simple, and kinda wimpy. that's because a petri dish is no match for the human body. read on.

map of earthquake damage forecast

oil and natural gas drilling is still shaking things up

the united states geological survey (usgs) announced a new earthquake forecast on wednesday…

albert settings screen

converting docs into virtual assistants isn't quite the singularity, yet

albert is a bot-creating tool that turns docs into bots. read on.

kids science kits

kits to get them hooked.

12 awesome kits to get your kids hooked on science. read on.

the data must flow

your phone data allowance can disappear very quickly thanks to today's data-hungry apps, but there are some simple ways of putting up limits on your phone or tablet.

these 208 minerals were all caused by human activities

minerals are tricky things. we just made it even more difficult.

molds

it probably saved your life

you probably owe your life to fungus. and someone just paid almost $15k for it. but it might not be the original.

even if you don't buy the fake pharmaceuticals yourself

poor quality and outright fake medicines are a serious public health threat. read on.

a micrometer robot at rest and activated

micrometer machines

this tiny robot flails around like an amoeba. check it out.

rest in peace, big guys

a new study documents the woolly mammoth's final somber centuries in isolation and the devastating “genomic meltdown” that killed the species off for good.

the power they would provide isn't worth the effort

electricity-generating rain gutters are possible, yes. but effective? not so much.

amazon echo in kitchen

an upcoming court case could determine the sanctity of what is said between a person and a bot in a home

amazon doesn't need to, but in a recent court case it makes a broad argument for the privacy of conversations with robots. read on.

if it works in humans, anyway

a group of researchers have developed a new opioid pain medicine that selectively targets inflamed tissues only. read on.

an illuminating study on a very strange demise

recently, in an undisclosed place and time, police wandered onto a grisly and unusual scene.

it's cheaper and sturdier than the store-bought kind

with limited options in the store, my husband and i set out to build our own cat scratching post.

they may get less shut-eye than any other mammal

wild elephants can’t be bothered with sleep. a new study suggests that they may sleep less than any other mammal, snoozing for around two hours night.

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amazon and blue origin founder jeff bezos

blue origin could bring bezos's shipping empire to deep space

although the details of the proposal have not been released to the public, here's what we know.

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